Guest speaker

Current issues in the Micronesian community of Hawaiʻi

Presentation by Jocelyn “Josie” Howard, Program Director of We Are Oceania (WAO). Josie Howard discussed current issues in the Micronesian Community of Hawaii.

“Cultural differences between Micronesia and Hawai‘i in the areas of medical care, employment, education and laws, compounded with the unfamiliarity with navigating Hawai‘i’s systems and services, has led to the numerous challenges facing the Micronesian community in Hawai‘i. Among these challenges are homelessness, highest number of student truancy, lack of job readiness skills, increasing numbers of children in child welfare services, and increasing numbers of juvenile and adult incarcerations.” — WAO Needs Statement