I hope you all had the opportunity to take some time and enjoy the summer. Here at HIPHI, we’re busier than ever with a number of projects, including next week’s Ho`ola Healthcare Conference. This exciting partnership with the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association and the State Department of Health provides a timely opportunity to reflect on how we finance, measure, and provide health care, addressing both current and future challenges to improving population health. The conference kicks off just days from now on September 21. If you haven’t registered already, there’s still time to join us: register here.

We’re also very excited to have President Obama’s former Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy (2014-2017) joining us at the conference to share his unique perspective on public health challenges, the fate of the Affordable Care Act, and other health policy issues. There will be many opportunities to network and to meet new potential partners – we hope you can make it!

Save the date! Our annual Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii stakeholder meeting will be on Friday, November 17. Together, with the State Department of Health, we are happy to present Dr. Robert Proctor as our keynote speaker. Dr. Proctor is a Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author of “The Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition.”  The stakeholder meeting will also include updates from our local coalitions and our annual tobacco control leadership awards. Nominations are currently being accepted, click here to review award categories and to nominate an individual. Nominations will be open until Friday, October 27. Registration for the stakeholder event will be available soon – keep an eye on our website events calendar or for an email in your inbox.

Mahalo for your continued support,




Jessica Yamauchi
Executive Director