Jessica Yamauchi

I hope your year is off to a great start! HIPHI has been as busy as ever this first quarter. The legislative session started in January and HIPHI is once again supporting numerous bills aimed at reducing smoking and vaping, improving nutrition and physical activity opportunities, improving oral health access, and more. Thank you to all of you who have responded to our action alerts and submitted testimony on our priority issues.

HIPHI is excited to announce and welcome two new HIPHI board members for the 2019-2020 term, Debbie Erskine, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Kamehameha Schools, and JoAnn Tsark of the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM).

Debbie has a diverse background, including accounting operations, financial reporting, investment reporting, and budgeting. JoAnn has over 30 years of experience as a public health educator with a career of work focused on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander audiences, the medically underserved, and indigent populations in Hawai‘i and the Western Pacific. She currently serves as Director of the Community Based Research Cores on two multidisciplinary and translational research programs at UH-JABSOM. HIPHI is lucky to have Debbie and JoAnn join our board, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Save the date! Our 2nd annual Summer Social will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019. We will be releasing our 2019 legislative recap, a report on HIPHI’s activities and impact, and we will present our youth advocate awards. This event is a great opportunity to network, talk story, and meet the next generation of public health leaders. We hope you will be able to join us! Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) conference is scheduled for May 20-22, 2019, in Washington, D.C. I have the privilege of serving as the conference chair this year and have been working with the inspiring team at NNPHI and the conference planning committee to pull together an amazing, impactful event. The conference is an opportunity to learn about current trends in public health, share best practices, and to network with peers from across the nation. View the agenda and register here.

As always, we couldn’t do this without our wonderful partners and advocates – thank you so much for your continued support of HIPHI!

With aloha,