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Winter 2023 Update from Our CEO

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Jessica Yamauchi

Aloha,

Wishing you and your loved ones happy holidays as 2023 draws to a close! Reflecting on this past year, I’m filled with gratitude and excitement for the coming year. 

First and foremost, we are thankful for you – our community of dedicated supporters, advocates, partners, and funders that make our work possible. Community is at the forefront of everything we do, and in 2024, we’re committed to fostering more resilient and community-focused responses to health. 

As part of this commitment, we’ve recently restarted our Perspectives on Community Health Field Trips, where we visit community organizations to learn about their work and their approach to health to cultivate cross-sector collaborations deeply grounded in the community. This year, we held two trips where we had the privilege to visit ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou on Hawai‘i Island and Ka Papa Lo‘i ‘o Kānewai on O‘ahu, and are looking forward to hosting more trips in 2024.  Explore our past trips at hiphi.org/perspectives.

We are also establishing a new position—the Director of Community Preparedness & Resiliency—to strengthen our communities’ ability to respond, adapt and persist in the face of challenges and adversity. This position will focus on environmental health, food systems, crisis management, and community resiliency. If you’re interested in joining our team, we also have several other open positions throughout the state. This past quarter, we welcomed four new staff – Brent, Chauncey, Zane, and Emma – to our HIPHI ‘ohana.    

The new year also brings the start of the legislative session. HIPHI’s 2024 policy priorities to help improve the health of Hawai‘i communities include tobacco prevention and control, healthy eating + active living, oral health, farm to school, alcohol regulations, and more. Please sign up for our emails to get alerts on these bills and register for the Policy and Advocacy Training (virtual) on January 13 from 9 AM – 11 AM Summit to learn more about how to get involved in the policy process.

We couldn’t do this work without supporters like you, and this holiday season we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation to HIPHI at hiphi.org/donate. Your contribution will enable us to take steps toward ensuring people in Hawai‘i have access to and opportunities for health and wellness.

From all of us at HIPHI, we hope you have a joyous and healthy holiday season and a happy new year!

With Aloha,

Jessica Yamauchi
Jessica Yamauchi
Chief Executive Officer

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