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The Kūpuna Collective envisions a permanent shift in the way the aging network comes together through cross-sector partnerships to leverage funds and respond nimbly to critical issues and needs facing our kūpuna. The Collective focuses on addressing the intersecting social drivers of health, in recognition that many issues of aging are inherently linked and impact older adults’ overall ability to remain healthy and live independently. The 190 members represent a large and diverse network of aging service providers, advocates, government agencies, academia and other community-based organizations. Backbone infrastructure is provided by Hawaii Public Health Institute; the Elderly Affairs Division, with counterparts in all counties statewide, brings expertise in delivering home- and community-based services; and finally, the UH Center on Aging brings subject matter expertise, research and program analytics, skills and involves trained graduate students to support initiatives.

Age-Friendly Honolulu changes mindsets about aging by empowering kupuna, promoting intergenerational engagement, and supporting accessibility and inclusion for all. It is a public/private initiative, collaborating with both city departments and community organizations, and member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and AARP National’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. On October 11th, 2018, the Age- Honolulu Initiative celebrated a milestone event, Mayor Caldwell’s signing of Bill 54 (2018), Relating to Age-Friendly Honolulu. The passage of this ordinance signifies a commitment by the City and County of Honolulu to be “age-friendly”. The UH Center on Aging serves as the coordinator for this initiative providing program development, implementation, evaluation, and assessment of collective impact.

The Hawaiʻi’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative’s (HADI) overarching objective is to develop long-term care supports and services for persons with dementia and their caregivers statewide. The goal is to create a coordinated, person-centered system of care for persons with dementia and families. These efforts have led to a strong understanding of the gaps and opportunities within Hawaiʻi’s systems of dementia care and the need to develop a more coordinated, person-centered system of care for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health Training Institute (HBHTI)

The Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health Training Institute (HBHTI) is a HRSA-funded project built to develop statewide capacity via workforce development for addressing substance use disorder (SUD) issues, particularly in high need and high demand areas. HBHTI aims to achieve this through a variety of initiatives, including providing scholarships to trainees across the state. Trainees have opportunities to obtain an Certificate of Competence in Substance Use Disorders Counseling (COSUD) program at Leeward Community College (LCC), and work as an apprentice at an HBHTI-registered apprenticeship site for on-the-job training while working towards CSAC.

Overdose to Action Project

OD2A supports the Hawaii DOH in collecting high-quality, comprehensive, and timely data on nonfatal and fatal overdoses and in using those data to inform prevention and response efforts. OD2A focuses on understanding and tracking the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for seamless integration of data into prevention strategies. Infographics to prevent and reduce the risk of drug overdose among kupuna.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control BOLD initiative, the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) and UH Center on Aging will build a strong public health infrastructure to address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD). It will ensure alignment with CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map guidance and create a comprehensive Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Hawaii and across the United States. The movement aims to raise public awareness about dementia and encourage people to turn that understanding into positive action of some kind. During one-hour training sessions, participants not only learn about what dementia is, but we also stress that people with dementia can still enjoy a good quality of life with support from their friends and loved ones. The information session ends with participants making a pledge to take action in their own communities. The UH Center on Aging is a dementia-friendly community champion, holding Dementia Friends sessions statewide.

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The UH Center on Aging is working with the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services to improve the quality of intake and investigations. The UH team is working with APS units to develop and pilot quality assurance tools and protocols for system quality improvement.

Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific (ACAP) is a group of like-minded gerontologists, primarily in the Asia Pacific region, dedicated to enhancing the physical, social, civic, economic, and environmental fitness of older adults so they can continue to contribute to family, community, and society. Our mission is to contribute to the global exchange of best practices for active aging and newsletters.

To enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs, and service to the community


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