UH Hilo student programs chosen for holistic care initiative
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669
For Immediate Release
The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Student Health & Wellness Programs is among six organizations selected to join the Joyful Heart Foundation’s (JHF) Heal the Healers Hawaiʻi project. The initiative, funded by the Atherton Family Foundation, will pilot a series of training and technical assistance sessions to provide local programs with the tools to support individual staff wellness while strengthening organizational mechanisms to counter vicarious trauma through policies and procedures.
UH Hilo Student Health & Wellness Programs provide systems of holistic care that integrate education and prevention efforts with medical and mental health services, programs and activities. University staff who provide direct support services to survivors of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assault have also been invited to participate in the Heal the Healers Hawaiʻi project.
The other statewide recipient organizations include PACT: Parents and Children Together, YWCA of Kaua`i, Hawaiʻi Immigrant Justice Center of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi, Women Helping Women Maui, and Ho`ōla Nā Pua.
The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded in Kailua-Kona in 2004 by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay of the long-running TV series Law and Order: SVU. JHF has grown into a national effort to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end the violence.
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