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The Ho’oikaika Partnership organizes it’s work around five goals that were developed during our 2021 strategic planning process.

Create a seamless safety net of services to support children and their caregivers.

A 2016 Service Gap Analysis identified challenges in coordinating services for Maui Island families and children involved with Child Welfare Services (CWS). Creating a “seamless system” means improving communication and documentation between CWS, providers, and families to help everyone be on the same page regarding case status, services availability, referrals, roles and expectations, program requirements and contract limitations, and discharge readiness. An integrated, shared referral platform, assessment and intake process would improve service coordination and reduce the burden on families trying to access services.

In the absence of that, our Systems Navigator helps facilitate communication, referrals to services, and access to concrete supports for families while also helping weave a stronger safety net among providers.

Strengthen the prevention and provider workforce

We provide training and professional development for staff in partner agencies to improve both the quality and cultural relevance of services delivered to families and children. Training on the Protective Factors helps to develop a common language and framework for working with families. We also work to improve the cultural competence and sensitivity of the Maui County prevention and provider workforce and expand diversity within the workforce. The annual Ho’oikaika Conference is one of the primary ways we build our capacity as health and human service providers.

Successfully educate and advocate for policy, program, and systems changes to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Education and advocacy are powerful ways to create systems-level change in the county, state, and nation. This means raising up the voices of parents, caregivers, and youth with lived experience alongside providers to improve how programs and organizations operate to better prevent child abuse and neglect. We work with other statewide groups to inform the development of their advocacy agendas and share relevant information with partners and the broader community. Our short-term priorities are to strengthen relationships with policy- and decision-makers and build a formal network of people to educate and advocate for needed policy, program, and systems changes.

Engage the community in prevention of child abuse and neglect.

We host community events that promote family strengthening and other child abuse and neglect prevention strategies and invite communities to share stories around needs and barriers to accessing services. As a community, greater understanding and awareness of child abuse and neglect can help reduce risk factors, provide supports, promote resiliency, and reduce stigma for families seeking services. It can also help community members learn how to identify child abuse and neglect and how to respond.

Strengthen the foundation of the Ho‘oikaika Partnership.

Strong engagement from agency partners has enabled our coalition to carry out a variety of child abuse prevention projects over our long history. Now, we need to build a more formal infrastructure so we can successfully achieve the mission and goals in our strategic plan. Establishing new partner agreements and roles, developing new communication and technology tools, evaluating progress, and securing sufficient funding to sustain the partnership will enable us to increase our collective impact.

Link to Full Strategic Plan

Ho’oikaika Partnership Strategic Plan.
   (Adobe Acrobat – 19 pages – 371 kB)
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