The following is information about Department programs and some of
the public health issues the Department is presently addressing. It has
been posted to help the public better understand Department activities
and health issues in Hawaii.
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
The Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Branch directs and coordinates activities to prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism involving biological agents.
The State of Hawaii has been preparing for a possible flu pandemic for some time now. Our state can always be more prepared, but we do have a strong framework in place for response to a pandemic if it should reach Hawaii.
The Hawaii State Department of Health’s “Share Aloha, Not Germs” campaign aims to increase awareness of the pandemic threat and improve public health emergency preparedness. At its core are television, radio, newsprint, and bus ads with simple steps individuals can take at home, work or school to stay healthy and safe. It also includes informational brochures, posters and emergency planning workbooks for families.