Aloha Mai Kakou,
Stemming the prevalence of domestic violence has long been one of the fundamental challenges facing the Leeward Coast. Given the complex layers inherent to this social ill (including economics, substance abuse, education, etc.), there is a great need to coordinate amongst the many individuals and organizations that have been working tirelessly towards this end.
With this aim of coordinating efforts in mind, the Hawaii Domestic Violence Center, via a grant from the Federal Office of Women's Health has convened the Consortium for Healthier Community. This consortium is focused on implementing a public health systems approach to identify and addressing health issues related to domestic violence (specific to women in the targeted communities of Ewa to Waianae), and will be holding a general public outreach meeting on Wednesday, December 1st, at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's Administration Conference Room from 6-8pm.
During this meeting, members from the Consortium will provide an overview of this initiative, and allow an opportunity for community stakeholders to learn how they can participate in the Consortium's efforts to systemically reduce violence against our West Oahu families. Several Leeward Coast community organizations have already signed on as collaborators, including the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and MA`O Organic Farms.
Please make the time to join us- this Consortium will allow our community to utilize State and Federal resources to help us identify and implement our own solutions to this sadly prevalent social ill. Also- please feel free to forward this email to any individual/organization you feel should be in attendance as well.
For more information, please email Kamuela Enos, or call
Mary Oneha: (808) 697-3612
Me ka ha`aha`a