Congratulations to the 2017 UH Mānoa Awardees from our very own Public Health program ‘ohana - doctoral student, Mapuana, and assistant professor, Denise Nelson-Hurwitz!

Dr. Nelson-Hurwitz received the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She was selected because of her incredible work developing and teaching the BA in public health.

Mapuana Antonio won the Student Excellence in Research Award for her studies of Native Hawaiian physical and mental health resilience. Mapuana graduated in May 2017 with her DrPH and is now teaching at Leeward Community College.


Claudio Nigg, PhD, was honored at the Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting held March 30 - April 2, 2016 in Washington, DC, with the Research to Practice Award, which recognizes exemplary work in translating behavioral medicine research into practical application, dissemination, or implementation.

Eric Hurwitz, DC, PhD, and his colleagues were awarded a clinical research paper award at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Education Conference and Research Agenda Conference held March 17-19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida for their work on "Integrative acupuncture and chiropractic care versus either alone for low back pain: a randomized controlled trial."

World Spine Care clinic

OPHS PhD epidemiology chair and professor, Eric Hurwitz, PhD, highlights development of sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities in 'Creating a sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities' discussing global health work being conducted through non-profit organization, World Spine Care. Dr. Hurwitz also serves as the co-chair of World Spine Care’s Research Committee, coordinating research projects being conducting in clinics located in Botswana, India, and the Dominican Republic through collaborations with researchers in Canada, Denmark, India, France, and across the United States. For more information about WSC “like” them on Facebook and check out their videos on YouTube.

Linda Krieger, Kealoha Pisciotta, and Maile Taualii discuss the importance of preserving Hawai‘i's cultural sites for the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and all in Hawai‘i.

Richard Zoraster, MD, MPH talks about his experiences with Disaster Medicine on September 26, 2013 at 2:00pm in Biomed D207. Large scale disasters such as Hurricanes and Earthquakes will focus international attention on the affected populations. Multiple international organizations such as World Health, UNICEF, World Food Program will focus support, nutritional, and preventive health programs.

Dr. Derek Bell is in Hawaii on sabbatical and is our kickoff speaker for this year's OPHS Seminar Series. Currently practicing in New Zealand, he is here to experience different public health practice and environment.

The U.S. Census Bureau has named Maile Taualii as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

Dr. Taualii, an assistant professor within the Office of Public Health Studies, is the Director of one of UH Mānoa's newest degree-granting programs, a Master of Public Health with Native Hawaiian and indigenous health specialization. 

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