R34-DE022272-01 (PI, Multiple PIs)

09/01/11 - 08/31/13


Mino’aka-Integrating Social, Behavioral, & Preventive Sciences to Reduce Children’s Caries

To improve the oral health and reduce disparities of children in Hawaii, we are implementing an effective school-based caries prevention program that leverages social networks to effect social change.

Specifically, the objetives of this project are to develop a Manual of Procedures (MOPs) to carry out social network analysis, targeted behavior change, dental examination and prevention, and impact assessment of a pilot study on oral health of at-risk children.



Dr. STEPHANIE BRANDI Dr. Stephanie Brandli earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Pacific and her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Loma Linda University (LLU). While at the LLU, she conducted a research study in “Evaluation of the Volume of Tooth Structure Removed When Preparing a Molar for Occlusal Amalgam vs. a Preventive Resin Restoration.” She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, as a Pediatric Dentist at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Health Services, Dr. Brandli is committed to providing oral health to children and enjoys maintaining and restoring children’s smiles.



DR. CHRIS Dr. Chris Yamada graduated from Punahou School, then attended Indiana University, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he earned his D.D.S. degree. Following his four years of dental school, Dr. Yamada received three additional years of specialized Pediatric Dentistry training and a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he completed his Thesis in Dental Genetics. He has served as an author for the Hawaii Dental Journal, and was the President of the Honolulu Dental Society in 2007. In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 he was voted by his peers as one of Hawaii’s Best Dentists in Honolulu Magazine.