Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division


The Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division (CDPHPD), also known as the Tobacco Settlement Project strives to promote wellness and improve the quality and years of life for Hawaii’s people through effective prevention, detection and management of chronic diseases.

CDPHPD is comprised of the following programs:

  • Asthma
  • Bilingual Health Services
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Physical Activity & Nutrition (Healthy Hawaii Initiative)
  • Tobacco Control

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 63% of all deaths. Chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and slow progression. These diseases are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Obesity increases the risk of developing many chronic conditions. Leading a healthy lifestyle (avoiding tobacco use, being physically active, and eating well) may greatly reduce a person’s risk for developing chronic disease.

CDPHPD fosters an integrative and coordinated approach through the building of a shared vision, strategies, partnerships and resources. Collectively, we work to promote health and reduce the burden of chronic disease for the people of Hawaii by empowering the community, influencing social norms and supporting and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

Programs utilize public health strategies including:

º Strategic partnership development and community linkages
º Awareness and education
º Surveillance
º Evidence-based best practices
º Evaluation
º Promoting health equity
º Public health policies