We kicked off the new year with a fun and engaging board and staff retreat at the Kilauea Military Camp in Volcano on the Big Island. It was the first time HIPHI’s annual board and staff retreat was held on a neighbor island, providing time for the board and staff to reflect upon and revitalize our passion for our work and gear up for 2018.
The start of the new year always marks the start of Hawaii’s legislative session. This year, in partnership with 15 state organizations, we created our first public health agenda, featuring 20 public health priorities, to help lawmakers and advocates prepare for and understand key public health issues in the 2018 legislative session. To view the agenda, click here.
One of our public health priorities will be the highlight of next week’s annual Kick Butts Day. This year, our youth council is advocating for a bill that will create tobacco-free school buffer zones by prohibiting sales of tobacco products within 500 feet of a school. For more details about the 2018 Kick Butts Day in Hawai‘i, click here. In addition to tobacco-free buffer zones, HIPHI is supporting bills to regulate electronic smoking devices, shore up the farm to school movement, make healthy beverages the default in kid’s meals, and improve nutrition and physical activity across Hawai‘i.
We are so grateful to you, our advocates, partners, board, and staff for all of your support of HIPHI and our initiatives.