Hawai’i Public Health Institute

Personal Outreach to Inmates Makes All the Difference

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During the peak of the Delta Variant surge, Hawai’i’s community prisons and jails were overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19. This population has a long history of distrusting government initiatives, and their low vaccination rates added to the problem of COVID-19 spread in these correctional facilities. Recognizing the urgency of the problem, the Hawai’i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) stepped in to provide outreach and education. In partnership with FilCom CARES and Kat Brady, Coordinator of Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP), HIPHI created educational materials, translated them into Ilocano and Tagalog languages, and distributed them directly to inmates. Their joint work increased vaccination rates in this population to more than 65% - a real public health victory for Hawai'i.A large group of people wearing masks take a group photo in front of a buildling

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