We have much to be thankful for. We have been extremely busy this quarter with conferences, speaking engagements, working with an active youth council, community events and programmatic activities.
This summer, we went into overtime to get Bill 70 in Honolulu County, which prohibits smoking and vaping in vehicles when a minor is present, across the finish line. This has been a priority for our Youth Council for the last few years, so it was especially gratifying to see the Council unanimously approve it. We’re hopeful that Maui’s hearing in early January brings it one step closer to joining the smoke-free vehicles family.
Our Perspectives in Health program is going strong with well-attended field trips throughout the state. These outings have taught us so much about what makes people feel healthy and what community organizations are doing to impact health. In fact, we just launched a new story map to catalogue the health-impacting organizations we have been visiting and share some of what we have learned. You can check it out here.
One of our highlights of 2017 was ho’ōla: The Hawai‘i Health Care Conference. It was an honor to partner with the Hawai‘i Primary Care Association and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health to bring hundreds of health professionals together to create stronger partnerships and strategic opportunities, and to discuss solutions and strategies that support healthy communities. We were thrilled to have the former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy speak on health care during the Trump administration, how social and emotional wellbeing impacts physical wellbeing, the impact of the opioid epidemic in America, and our urgent need now, more than ever, to focus efforts on prevention.
We were also excited to add a new program, Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, to our HIPHI ‘ohana. We believe that healthy eating and active living is essential for kids to have the best chance of success in life. Access to healthy fruits and vegetables is a critical component of health and farm to school programs can help ensure that local, fresh foods are on the menu.
With the Farm to School Hui, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, Perspectives on Community Health, and our Healthy Eating + Active Living coalitions, we are well-positioned to advance health in 2018 and beyond. Please consider making an end-of-year tax-deductible contribution to the program of your choosing.
On behalf of our staff and Board, we thank you for your support and wish you and your family a very safe and Happy Holidays!