HCAP Weekly July 1, 2019

HCAP Selects New Hā Initiative Program Manager
HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Staff Attended Conference on Postpartum Health
HCAP Head Start Collaborates with Leahi District Service Center during LIHEAP Season
LIHEAP Helps Senior with Her Electric Bill
Na Lima Hana Participant Reaches 90-Day Employment Milestone


HCAP Selects New Hā Initiative Program Manager

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Mio Shimada has been promoted to Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Manager. She will be responsible for the overall development, promotion and implementation of the program.

Mio has been serving in a dual role as the Hā Initiative Program Specialist as well as a Teacher at HCAP’s STEM Exploration Centers. She has been instrumental in collecting and analyzing program data, developing STEM curriculum, lessons, and activities, and implementing them in the classroom.

Mio has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was previously a lecturer at Kapiolani Community College.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “Mio has learned very quickly and has demonstrated the ability to identify what needs to be done and to keep things moving forward. We are very fortunate to have her take on a larger role in the program and work more closely with all of HCAP’s STEM Exploration Centers.”

HCAP congratulates Mio on her promotion, and looks forward to building on our successful STEM program available to students in grades 2-8 at five locations on Oahu.


HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Staff Attended Conference on Postpartum Health

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Last week, HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start staff attended the 32nd Annual Postpartum Support International Conference. The 5-day conference brought together health providers, childbirth professionals, caregivers, and educators all over the world to Portland, Oregon, where they had the chance to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Child Health and Development Specialist Traci Murakawa, Early Head Start Kaneohe Homebase Teacher Ranjah Jimeno, and Health Education Specialist Leila Bladugo had the chance to meet powerful speakers, who shared with them personal stories and insights on how to improve perinatal and overall mental health for all types of families. Some of the topics included: Factoring in Fathers, Supporting the Highly Sensitive New Parent, Supporting LGBQ/T families, Substance Abuse and its Effects on Postpartum, and Community-Based Supports.

Traci, Ranjah, and Leila also visited different booths, where vendors shared information, products and services, and engaged in a conversation with Jane Honikman, who is one of the founders of the Postpartum Action Institute.


HCAP Head Start Collaborates with Leahi District Service Center during LIHEAP Season

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At all five HCAP District Service Centers, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)’s Energy Credit (EC) Program was in full swing during the entire month of June. Since households are only able to apply for the EC Program once a year in June, District Service Center staff have been assisting many individuals and families with their LIHEAP applications.

As part of wraparound services, HCAP Head Start’s ERSEA/Family Advocate Raven has been visiting the Leahi District Service Center once a week to speak with LIHEAP individuals and families about the services Head Start provides. Interested clients had the option of registering for Head Start through Raven. Raven has also been providing LIHEAP referrals to Head Start families living in and around the Pālolo area.


LIHEAP Helps Senior with Her Electric Bill

Jacqueline first heard of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through Hawaiian Electric. With her electric bills being consistently high, HECO thought that LIHEAP would be of some help to Jacqueline.

Jacqueline accepted the HECO referral, and has been applying for LIHEAP at HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center for the past three years. As a senior living on a fixed income, she does her best to conserve energy. But there are certain things Jacqueline cannot let go of: for instance, she uses an electric adjustable bed to alleviate her back pain. While the Energy Credit helps Jacqueline, the high electric costs persist.

In hopes of lowering the cost of utilities for Jacqueline’s household, Leahi District Service Center staff are referring Jacqueline to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). If eligible for WAP, Jacqueline would receive a number of free services, including small energy efficient devices and a refrigerator replacement.


Na Lima Hana Participant Reaches 90-Day Employment Milestone

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Elijah first came to HCAP’s Windward District Service Center, looking for employment assistance after losing his job at Big City Diner. Community Worker Molly enrolled Elijah in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and provided him with a variety of services, including Job Readiness Training (JRT), interview skills training, resume development, and job search coaching.

After completing JRT, Elijah applied for several positions at local restaurant. He was offered a customer service position with Mike’s Huli Chicken shortly thereafter. Elijah has been working at Mike’s Huli Chicken for over 90 days and loves his job.