Aloha * Talofa * Yokwe * Kaselehlie * Alii * Hafa adai * Mālō e lelei * greetings,
The Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai‘i COVID-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience Team is a consortium of organizations and individuals coming together in a coordinated effort to collectively address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our respective communities across Hawaiʻi. By convening our respective agencies and organizations across sectors and areas of expertise, we are stronger.
The intent of this is to support local initiatives and position ourselves to assure that the perspectives of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Hawai‘i are considered when policies and programs are being developed.
As the first wave of COVID-19 recedes, we are looking at the many efforts already underway. As a collective of Pacific Islanders, we have this opportunity to identify current initiatives, assess our communities' resources and needs, and facilitate potential partnerships and resource sharing to pro-actively develop strategies that will foster our resilience.
Assessment areas will include safety, testing and risk reduction; collection and disaggregation of data; research and clinical capacity; and mid- and long-term planning among all determinants of health and well-being. We will create accurate, clear and consistent messaging that State leaders, policy makers, funders and others are waiting to hear from our communities.
We are confident that identifying common goals that build on our strengths will bring about impactful and sustainable change to assure that our people will thrive.
To participate in a workgroup, please complete the information found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/585NVYT
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The ocean connects us to one another. The waters ahead are uncharted, yet each of us has the wisdom of our ancestors to help us navigate toward a new future. We look forward to navigating with you.
Sheri Daniels, Josie Howard, Joseph Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, Felea‘i Tau