BECOME A COVID -19 EDUCATOR-PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNER
In early February 2020 when COVID-19 was still only in China and Italy, Kaleolani Hanohano, then at Kaimuki HS was already preparing lessons on the potential for devastating human and economic impacts in Hawaiʻi. After we discussed Queen Liliʻuokalani’s role in Oʻahu’s 1881 smallpox quarantine, the education project grew out of a conviction that educators were the missing link in reliable, timely public health COVID-19 education.
The four modules provide a Hawaiʻi-Pacific Island history on infectious diseases, strategies to assess risks at home for COVID-19, strategies to protect and prevent it, and current information on testing, vaccination, and variants of SARS-CoV-2. Support from Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is available to address COVID-19 questions and concerns. In Module II an adult family member is invited to register at the project website to take a survey, with time compensated.
We invite you to become a certified COVID-19 educator for grades 1-12 students and community members. Register below, get certified on Modules I-IV as a COVID-19 Educator and stay updated as an educator partner. Modules may be also selected individually ($50 per module) or selected by a team with the option to register as a team. Twice monthly Zoom sessions will be scheduled to discuss the curriculum and to provide updates on COVID-19. The curriculum project is supported by an NIH award for Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 and an NSF award for teacher leadership.
The modules are aligned to NGSS, Health, Hawaiian Studies, and ELA standards and intended to provide enrichment on COVID-19 useful to students and families. Curriculum modules focus on Hawaiian historical perspectives on infectious diseases, strategies for students to assess their ‘ohana’s risk for COVID-19, strategies for students to protect themselves and others, and current COVID testing and vaccination information. A mahalo of $50 per module is provided to teachers after getting certified on their own time and providing feedback on the curriculum at two or more zoom sessions to be held outside of school hours.
Choose your path on this journey
MODULE 1: HISTORY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN HAWAI'I
Hawaiʻi’s historical relationship with introduced disease. Centuries of isolation left Native Hawaiians with no immunity to introduced diseases.
Learn more about cholera, measles, smallpox, leprosy, Spanish flu, whooping cough, bubonic plague, scarlet fever.