Reducing harm, promoting health, creating wellness, and fighting stigma in Hawai'i and the Pacific.
The Hawai'i Health and Harm Reduction Center serves Hawai’i communities by reducing the harm and fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, and poverty in our community. We focus our efforts on those disproportionately affected by social determinants of health, including but not limited to: people living with and/or affected by HIV, hepatitis, substance use, and the transgender, LGBQ and the Native Hawaiian communities. We foster health, wellness, and systemic change in Hawai’i and the Pacific through care services, advocacy, training, prevention, education, and capacity building.
Harm reduction: A non-judgmental approach to public health that meets people where they are and celebrates positive change, with the goal of minimizing the harms of actions that pose adverse social and health outcomes.
Respect: To honor the dignity of others by recognizing difference and fostering peaceful coexistence.
Advocacy: An uncompromising dedication to eliminating the stigmas and systemic injustices impacting the communities we serve and represent.
Quality care: Individualized health care and social services that demonstrate best practices and improve desired health outcomes. In order to achieve this, services must be evidence-based, safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable, and people-centered.
Compassion: The motivation to alleviate suffering from a place of empathy, kindness, and receptiveness to the lived experience of others.
Integrity: Commitment to building relationships founded in honesty, trust, accountability, and transparency.