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Welcome to Issue No. 21 of the BHHSURG News, September 3, 2020

Posted on September 3, 2020 in Email Campaigns

Individually, We Are One Drop. Together, We Are an Ocean. As we enter the second week of the second lockdown on Oʻahu, we know that these trying times have been wearing on everyone. This second wave of COVID-19 has hit Hawaiʻi hard and while the high number of positive […]



These Hotels Are Starting To Help Hawaii’s Virus Control Effort

Posted on September 10, 2020 in Honolulu Civil Beat

Some Hawaii hotels have repurposed rooms for people who need to be isolated or quarantined while they recover from COVID-19 or wait for a test result. […]


Iwilei Homeless Shelter to be TQIC Site As Part of BHHSURG

Posted on August 13, 2020 in Releases

HONOLULU – As a way to step up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and lower the number of rising cases, the Behavioral Health and Homeless Statewide Unified Response Group, composed of state, city, and nonprofit agencies, is taking […]


Tough Decisions Need Better Data And Inclusive Voices

Posted on June 28, 2020 in Honolulu Civil Beat

These scientists and health professionals formed a new group to work together to help get Hawaii through the COVID-19 crisis. Writer Laurie Garrett once wrote, “Public health is a negative. When it is at its best, nothing happens: There are no epidemics.” […]


TQIC Meet the Needs of Honolulu’s Homeless

Posted on June 22, 2020 in Releases

HONOLULU — In its first two months of operation, the state’s first temporary quarantine and isolation center at 524 Kaaahi Street in Iwilei has provided a place for more than 50 homeless individuals who have […]


Tips for Children to Manage Difficult Times

Posted on June 18, 2020 in First Lady of Hawaii Dawn Amano-Ige – Facebook

On June 17, the First Lady of Hawaii, Dawn Amano-Ige, interviewed Dr. Scott Shimabukuro, Acting Administrator for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, to talk more about children’s mental health. […]

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HiPAM Chair, Dr. Victoria Fan, on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s COVID-19 Care Conversation

Posted on June 11, 2020 in HawaiiData Collaborative

On Monday, June 8th, Dr. Victoria Fan, Chair of the Hawaii Pandemic Applied Modeling HiPAM Work Group and Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, discussed the […]


The Other Coronavirus Crisis: Escalating Mental Health Problems

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Honolulu Civil Beat

Calls to crisis hotlines and hospital admissions for psychiatric problems are up as the economy unravels and many feel isolated by public health restrictions. […]


UH Helps Distribute PPE Donations to BHH Providers

Posted on May 26, 2020 in UH News

To help protect essential workers who provide mental and behavioral health services and their clients including those experiencing homelessness, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health and the Behavioral Health and […]


Resilience Hubs Distribute PPE Donations

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Releases

HONOLULU – To help protect essential workers who provide mental health services and their patients, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group […]


Hawaiʻi First to Integrate Behavioral Health, Homelessness

Posted on April 23, 2020 in UH News

Challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in ever-changing information and guidance being given to behavioral health and homeless services providers, slowing down their ability to help vulnerable […]


Public-Private Partnership Secures PPE

Posted on April 8, 2020 in Releases

(Honolulu) – Several community nonprofits are partnering with the State of Hawai‘i to secure donations of homemade and unopened store-bought personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, goggles and […]


New Website for Mental Health & Homelessness Service Providers

Posted on April 6, 2020 in Releases

HONOLULU – Today, the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) launched a website to ensure the continuity of coverage of essential health and homelessness services during the […]


DOH Coordinates Effort to Launch COVID-19 Testing

Posted on Mar 28, 2020 in Releases

The Hawai‘i Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu are partnering to open a COVID-19 medical triage and quarantine center in Iwilei and establish mobile testing for homeless individuals on Oahu. […]