The annual Ho’oikaika Conference is one of the primary ways we build our capacity as health and human service providers.
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A Message From Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Kimo Alameda – Vice President of Business Operations, Hawaii Island Community Health Center
Dr. Alameda is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and earned his doctorate in psychological, educational, and cultural studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has over 15 years of executive experience in state and county government and has consulted with FQHCs and hospitals statewide to improve their cultural competency and patient experience. Dr. Alameda is currently the Vice President of Hawaii Island Community Health Center serving over 40,000 patients. Dr. Alameda is also a licensed psychologist, a popular lecturer at Hawaii community college, coaches’ basketball at Waiakea High School, and has his own youth athletic program. He and his wife Star are the proud parents of seven children.
A Journey to Healing: Never Lose Hope!
Ho’oikaika Partnership’s Community Engagement Committee had a vision to create a video highlighting one of our local Maui families who was brave enough to trust in the system, engage wholeheartedly in services to better their lives, and to truly maintain their family no matter what it took. The result is “A Journey to Healing,” a short film beautifully created by students at Maui Waena Middle School. Learn More.
New Research to Understand Child and Family Service Needs in Maui County
In recognition of 2022 Child Abuse Prevention month, the Ho’oikaika Partnership released a new report that helps us better understand child and family service needs and pandemic impacts. Conducting this research is part of our Strategic Plan.
The Stellar Group examined existing data from the last five years, focusing on the most common risk and protective factors for Maui County children and families, supports available to prevent child maltreatment, and the service gaps that exist.
- Reflecting our housing crisis, inadequate housing is cited as a precipitating factor in child removal more than twice as often in Maui County as statewide.
- Heavy continuous childcare and inability to cope with parental responsibility are also cited much more often in Maui County than statewide.
- In FFY21, there were 212 children from Maui County in foster care and Native Hawaiian children are disproportionately represented.
- Workforce challenges are common and affect the quality and continuity of services, especially due to issues with recruitment, retention, and cultural competence.
- It’s difficult to know what’s working and what’s not – program outcome data is limited and families’ own voices and experiences are lacking from research and data.
- There is some good news – child maltreatment rates in Hawai’i are lower than the rest of the United States.
Click here for a high-level overview of the most significant findings presented by the Stellar Group at Ho’oikaika Partnership’s Special Convening on April 13, 2022.
(Adobe Acrobat – 12 pages – 558 kB)
Click here to read the full report: Preliminary Assessment of Family Services, Supports and Needs on Maui County A Synthesis of Existing Data
(Adobe Acrobat – 34 pages – 2.6 MB)