Community First was launched in 2014 by Barry Taniguchi in response to the growing health care cost crisis facing not only our community, but the country. Its mission is to create a sustainable medical and social service system which provides quality care for all the people of Hawaii Island.
Barry shared three principles to meet this formidable challenge: (1) Only together. (2) Make the invisible visible. (3) Try — and don’t expect to get it right the first time.
It’s been a year since Barry’s death, and Community First, led by president and chairperson Toby Taniguchi, continues the work of being the forum that brings business leaders, medical and social service providers, health plans and community members together.
We continue to publish a monthly column regarding health, healthcare, social determinants, and our activities in the Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald. Daily circulation is at 17,000 subscribers and 3,500 online. Please click on titles to access the full article.