November 3, 2022
The University of Hawai‘i Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is an organized research unit within the College of Education. They are committed to supporting people with disabilities and their families through various ways such as technical assistance, training programs, demonstrations, and other services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with disabilities were disproportionately affected. Not only were they at high-risk for COVID-19’s more serious complications, they also experienced many disruptions in their day to day life. During this time, UH CDS developed new partnerships and strategies to effectively reach their target community and address new needs brought on by the pandemic. Learn more about UH CDS and their COVID-19 response.
April 6, 2022
Join us as we celebrate National Public Health Week (April 4-10)! From keiki to kūpuna, community efforts have been essential in overcoming barriers presented by the pandemic. In this webinar will learn: best practices for executing pandemic specific services; lessons learned about COVID-19 communication and coordination; how to address community needs and equity issues.
February 2, 2022
With Omicron on the rise, more people have been personally affected by COVID-19. Effective community outreach is essential to help our state recover from the pandemic. What is community outreach and how can you get involved? Learn from public health nurses how outreach is being conducted, statistics, what questions the public has been asking and lessons learned on the field. Have your questions answered live on effective community outreach!
December 1, 2021
Entering into the new year, we hope to learn how we can better address health disparities and promote health equity statewide. While we are all affected by COVID-19, we have all not been affected in the same ways. A panel of experts will discuss lessons learned working with Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Join us as we hear community highlights of 2021 and best practices from community leaders on how we can move forward together to achieve health equity.
November 3, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer- BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for keiki ages 5-11. Pfizer’s data showed the vaccine is safe and 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in this age group. Before vaccinations become available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will meet Nov. 2-3 to issue recommendations for clinical use of the vaccine. In preparation of this, we encourage parents and guardians to join us as we learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations for keiki and answer your questions!
October 20, 2021
Recommendations for booster doses to people who have been fully vaccinated, brings up a concern for equity as many people around the globe have not received an initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. There are growing disparities between wealth and access to vaccines. The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccinations have occurred in wealthy countries. What are the implications of this and solutions moving forward? Join us as we learn more about global COVID-19 vaccine equity and how we can support global vaccine access.
September 15, 2021
Vaccinations are one of the most important tools we have to fight COVID-19, yet some members of our community are hesitant. Convincing our vaccine-hesitant friends, families and neighbors will take patience, kindness, and empathy - something we all need during these challenging times. Have questions on how to talk to loved ones or community members about getting vaccinated? Or how to address misinformation around COVID-19? Join us as experts address how to approach conversations around vaccinations.
September 8, 2021
The Safe Access Oʻahu program goes into effect on September 13. This program will require patrons entering restaurants, bars, gyms, zoos, museums, movie theaters and other establishments to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 48 hours. All employees of these establishments must also show proof of vaccination or get tested weekly. Join us as we cover vaccine efficacy, the need for the program based on evidence around vaccination and COVID-19 cases, and what to expect as it goes into effect.
August 18, 2021
The CDC estimates that the highly transmissible Delta variant accounts for about 82 percent of COVID-19 infections in the U.S. Hawaiʻi is now facing the highest transmission rates since the pandemic began, coupled with a rapid increase in hospitalizations. How should we respond? Join us as public health experts share the current picture of transmission and vulnerability in Hawaiʻi and what we can do to ensure the safety of our communities!
August 4, 2021
A statewide eviction moratorium was put into effect in April 2020 and will be lifted on August 6, 2021. Want to know your rights as a local landlord or tenant? Want to learn how you can support your patients or community through understanding the eviction process for non-payment of rent under Act 57? We will dive into resources available to both renters and homeowners.
July 7, 2021
High schoolers are under immense pressure navigating high school, balancing work, supporting their families, participating in sports and maintaining relationships. Add on the unexpected changes and challenges from the pandemic, students are experiencing stress and anxiety above what they already deal with on a daily basis. We want to highlight and address these issues, provide skills to help students de-stress, shift towards a healthy mindset and live healthier lives. Join us as experts explain how the pandemic has taken a toll on teens' mental and emotional health in Hawai‘i, what resources are available to help cope with the pandemic, and how social media has been used to promote mental health awareness.
June 9, 2021
Challenging Discrimination and Empowering Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders at the National Level
The diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community (6%) is the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. This group has had to address the interconnected challenges of COVID-19, systemic racism, U.S. census, immigration, and the 2020 elections. Learn more about personal and professional experiences with discrimination faced by Hawaii’s AANHPI leaders, and recent progress at the local and national levels.