Hawai‘i Public Health Institute is one of the 40 Public Health Institutes in the nation and a member of the National Network of Public Health Institute. Hawai‘i Public Health Institute became an active hub for public health in Hawai‘i through good leadership, focused system-development, built organizational capacity, and great partnerships through the state of Hawai‘i.
Guest Speakers: Jessica Yamauchi, MA, Executive Director, HIPHI and Deborah Zysman, MPH, Executive Director, HCAN
About the speakers:
Jessica Yamauchi has been Executive Director of the Hawai`i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) since 2012. Prior to becoming the executive director, Jessica was the policy director and worked on state and local tobacco control policies in Hawai`i. In addition to tobacco control work, Jessica has been the co-chair of the statewide obesity prevention task force since 2014. Jessica also serves on the state climate change task force. Jessica graduated from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa with a B.A. and M.A. in speech communication.
Deborah Zysman is the Executive Director of Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN), Hawaii’s leading children’s policy and advocacy non-profit. Previously, she led The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii from 2003 to 2012. Zysman has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her work has spanned chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, women’s health and community health. Her work has focused on public policy, advocacy, organizational capacity building, and developing community coalitions.
1) Review how leadership is defined and how it is applied to the national network of public health institute
2) Discuss ways HIPHI and NNPHI focus on improving unseen conditions and systems that define the health and wellbeing of entire populations
3) Explain vision for HIPHI and useful leadership qualities that help advance public health practice