A Round of Applause for FPH’s Presence at IVAT 2023

May 4, 2023

The Hawai`i Summit is a multidisciplinary gathering of professionals working together to tackle the major issues in fields dealing with violence, abuse, and trauma. International and local speakers come together to share their findings on causation, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation at both the global level and at smaller, community-based levels,

Congratulations to our very own FPH staff and colleagues who took part in the summit.

Dr. Steven J. Choy gave a presentation on “Addressing Impacts of the Child Welfare System on Youth”. Chet Okayama, CEJT Program Manager, moderated the session while former foster youth and FPH employee, Jennifer Carter spoke with Kaulana Matila. Their specific session received a standing ovation.

The Family Strengthening Center interns, Julia Palozzi, and Megan Broome participated in the poster presentation, as well.

Another FPH presenter was Lisa Chau, IT Consultant. She and Shelly Tokunaga-May had their session on Aloha at Home, a coalition of non-profit entities, including Family Programs Hawaii . Aloha at Home seeks to strengthen families and reduce negative outcomes for families with ʻOhana Boxes, Outreach Events, and using Digital Strategy.

And finally, Dr. Choy received the Jonathan Won Child Maltreatment Prevention award. It was well-deserved for his lifetime of work in social work.