Julian Lipsher is the former Chief of the Chronic Disease Management & Control Branch at the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). With an undergraduate degree from the Boston University and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii Manoa, Julian has been a constant figure in the public health landscape of Hawaii for the past several decades.
Before serving as Branch Chief, he led the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program at DOH, overseeing federally-funded program to reduce tobacco use in the state. Julian helped craft the Hawaii Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies, which led the way to the creation of the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund and programs such as the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline.
Besides serving as new member of the Lung Association’s Hawaii Leadership Board, Julian regularly volunteers with the Hawaii Public Health Institute, Kalaupapa National Historical Park and is on the Board of Directors of Family Promise Hawaii. He recently became a Master Gardner through the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Julian has most recently returned to the DOH as a volunteer to help with the states response to the COVID-19 virus.
Julian is raising funds for the Lung Association because he believes that without comprehensive efforts on both a national and community level to promote awareness of efforts to prevent lung disease and promote lung health Hawaii cannot expect to reduce the human and financial costs of their impact.
The I WEAR TURQUOISE campaign is seeking community leaders to help raise awareness and research funding to defeat lung defeat COVID-19 once and for all. As an I WEAR TURQUOISE candidate, leaders commit to:
I Wear Turquoise Ambassadors commit to:
- Sporting our LUNG FORCE pin during the month of June
- Raising lung health and air quality awareness through their networks
- Commit to a fundraising goal of $2,500 to support the American Lung Association research, programs, and services
- Consider being a media spokesperson for IWT
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