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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Announces 2017 Public Health Fund Grantees

Posted on 07/25/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017

Four Oahu-Based Health-Related Organizations Receive a Total of $59,000 in Grant Funds

HONOLULU –The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, as trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF), provided grants totaling $59,000 to four Oahu-based community health programs in 2017.

  • Aloha Harvest – Rescuing Food to Feed Hawaii’s Hungry ($5,000)
  • Hawaii Health Information Corporation – Monitoring the Health of Hawaii’s Homeless ($9,000)
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii – Piko Pals: New Mom Peer Support Group ($20,000)
  • Waikiki Health Center – Pu’uhonua: Pre/Post Incarceration Health Education Model Targeting Inmate Population of Oahu Correctional Institutions ($25,000)

Through PHF, the Chamber provides grants to non-profit organizations on Oahu that are implementing meaningful public health education and research projects, with a preference for projects that require collaborative effort and for which funds are not available from other sources. 

The PHF was originally created through voluntary assessments in response to the epidemic of bubonic plaque that closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu in 1899. The Chamber was, subsequently, appointed trustee of the fund in 1923 and was directed to limit grants to public health activities within the City and County of Honolulu to support health-related programs, projects and services. Assessments were discontinued in 1950 and, since then, grant awards are made through the amount of interest and dividends received from investment of principal.

Since 1985, as the designated steward of PHF, the Chamber has awarded grant monies totaling nearly $3.5 million to non-profits on Oahu. Grants are awarded twice a year with December 15, 2017 as the next deadline for submitting grant applications. Interested applicants can email phf@cochawaii.org.