Community Health Priorities

Breakout Session

Community Health Forum 2001

A common vision for North Hawaii was distilled from 12 community focus groups facilitated by North Hawaii Outcomes Project and Five Mountains Hawaii in 1999 and 2000.  The vision is simple:  North Hawaii is a great place to live, with a great sense of community, a great place to work, play and raise a strong family and a great place to heal.


The priorities below, to achieve that vision, were either selected by the community, or identified subsequently as important to reduce health disparities in Hawaii County:

  • Improve Access to Primary Healthcare
  • Balance Economic Growth and Cultural Preservation
  • Improve Educational Attainment
  • Increase Qualified Workforce
  • Increase Youth Activities
  • Improve Measurement of Success
  • Improve Prevention of Chronic Disease
  • Decrease Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Reduce Motor Vehicle Related Fatalities
  • Decrease Stroke Death Rates
  • Decrease Substance Abuse in Youth and Adults
  • Decrease Teen Pregnancy
  • Decrease Suicide and Suicide Attempts

Community Health Improvement takes time.  The success in other communities and states shows that community health improvement is a marathon, not a sprint, and that “it can be done.” Many individuals and organizations are collaborating to make sustainable improvements in the North Hawaii and Hawaii County in the community-selected priorities and critical health issues. Improving health in North Hawaii and Hawaii County is a shared responsibility, Health…it takes a community.

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