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FICOH Funds Research on COVID-19's Social Impacts in Hawaii


In 2020, First Insurance and the First Insurance Charitable Foundation partnered with The College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to develop and fund a series of fast-track research studies focused on the social costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this series, research team members explore the social implications of the pandemic and its devastating impact on the health and welfare of our local community. The reports include specific recommendations for policymakers and programs/service systems and are aimed toward solving Hawaii’s most urgent societal challenges through collaborative action. The two most recent studies, published in March 2021, include “Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity among Hawaii’s Families” and  “Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccinations: Recommendations for Hawaii.”

First Insurance is proud to continue its multi-faceted partnership with the University of Hawaii. “Our goal is to provide evidence-based social sciences research, so that Hawaii’s leaders can make more informed and compassionate policy and business decisions as our state deals with the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation,” said Jeff Shonka, president and CEO of First Insurance.

To view CSS’s other publications on the social impacts of COVID-19 in Hawaii, click here.