Native and immigrant communities are among those most impacted by obesity, diabetes and related disease. Growing, cooking together and eating certain traditional foods are often integral to culture and key to social cohesion and community health. Yet these communities often have less-than-healthy food environments, where policies and other default conditions make access to highly processed, fatty and sugary non-traditional foods more available. Chronic disease prevention in native or immigrant communities is inseparable from food sovereignty, in the eyes of many. In a webinar moderated by Dr Maile Taualii, hear perspectives on food, sovereignty and health from our speakers of the Muckleshoot (WA), Anishinabe (MN), and Tohono O’odham (AZ) nations.


September 23rd, 2014:  9am HT/12pm MT/2pm CT/3pm ET

This lecture will introduce into the current work of the Division of Physical Activity and Public Health/Institute of Sport Science and Sport at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. This institution has a comprehensive record as coordinator of international research projects funded by the European Commission and recently became the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Public Health in Europe.    Its main research focus in on PA policy implementation, PA infrastructure development, and community-based PA promotion. The lecture intends to provide an overview and to give few examples of the different approaches employed by this unit.    

An Application to the ALSPAC and RAINE Cohort Studies

Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that continue into adulthood. Implementing early intervention programs and getting a better understanding of children's BMI growth is important for controlling the obesity epidemic. The Fat Mass and Obesity (FTO) gene has been linked with obesity in large populations of adults and children in a recent series of genome-wode association studies and a longer duration of breatfeeding has been found to be associated with a lower risk of being overweight later in life.

Examining How Barriers to Service Utilization and Poor Quality of Care Affect Obstetrical and HIV Treatment Outcomes and What Can Be Done About Them

In this presentation, Dr. Catherine Pirkle describes how barriers to health service utilization and poor quality of care affect several obstetrical and HIV treatment outcomes in French-speaking West Africa. 

The Hawai‘i Chapter of Delta Omega invites all interested Public Health Master and Doctoral Students to submit an abstract for the National Delta Omega Poster Contest Display at APHA 2014 in New Orleans.  Students whose work is selected will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega, which the DPHS will match for a total of $700. Student awards will be made during the Delta Omega Social Hour, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their poster during the APHA scientific poster sessions.  Student abstracts will also be published on the Delta Omega National Webpage.

Abstracts that have already been submitted to other APHA sessions (poster or oral) will not be accepted. Submitters must withdraw their abstracts from other sessions in order to be considered for the Delta Omega Poster Session. If you have any questions regarding this or would like to withdraw a previously submitted abstract, contact Heather Ward.

All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by Friday, April 4, 2014.  No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted or considered.

See the Delta Omega Student Abstract Announcement and Delta Omega Abstract Submission Guideline documents for more details.

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Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for the past 6 years.  Let’s make it 7 years in a row!  We look forward to your submissions.

Please contact Dr. Katz if you have any questions.


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