Introduced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, this bill brings the state's planning code in line with nationally and internationally recognized best practices in health planning. Numerous testifiers worked throughout the legislative session to pass the measure, including healthcare providers, government agencies, community groups and health justice organizations such as the COFA Community Advocacy Network (COFACAN).
The World Health Organization, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 and the Centers for Disease Control all recognize social determinants of health as the single most influential factor in individual and population health outcomes, more so than genetic disposition or medical care. Research demonstrates that it is not only access to health care services that produces healthy and thriving individuals and communities, but rather other social circumstances such as housing, education, social services, leisure, culture and public safety, which all play a role in overall health outcomes.
Click here to see the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' press release on the bill signing.