The Hawai‘i’s Caring Communities Initiative for Youth Suicide Prevention (HCCI)


Principal Investigator:
Deborah Goebert, Dr.P.H.

Abstract of Mission/Goals:
The Hawai‘i’s Caring Communities Initiative (HCCI) is implementing two strategic projects entitled Mobilizing Communities At-Risk (MCAR) and Enhancing the Statewide Trauma Network (ESTN), using the rubric of the Communities that Care system. With the goal of preventing youth suicide and increasing early intervention, these projects will positively impact at-risk communities, as well as the statewide suicide crisis infrastructure in Hawai‘i. HCCI will have a ripple effect on communities throughout Hawai‘i as public awareness on suicide prevention is enhanced, more at-risk youth are identified and referred, and more families are empowered to prevent future attempts. This Initiative aligns with the State’s strategic goals for suicide prevention, and builds upon previous efforts of the “Hawai‘i Gatekeeper Training Initiative” (HGTI).

Total Funding:
Over $1.4 million

Funding Period:
2011 to 2014

Total Number of Years:
3 years

Funding Source:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Key Personnel/Staff:
Jane Chung-Do, Dr.P.H.
Deborah Goebert, Dr.P.H.
Susana Helm, Ph.D.
Stephanie Nishimura, Ph.D.
Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, M.S.

Hawai‘i State Department of Health
Prevent Suicide Hawai‘i Taskforce
Mental Health America of Hawai‘i
Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Hampshire
Queen’s Medical Center
Local, rural communities
Other state agencies and health care organizations

Selected Accomplishments, Publications, Key Findings, etc.:
The HCCI’s kickoff in August 2011 was widely publicized in the local media, and well-received by project partners. Activities thus far have focused on meeting with collaborators, including the first series of organizations and communities that will be helping to implement the Initiative’s two planned projects.

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