Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH

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Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Health Services, Public Health Informatics), University of Washington
  • MPH (Social and Behavior Science), University of Washington
  • Certificate (Public Health Genetics), University of Washington
  • BA (Anthropology, American Indian Studies), University of Washington

Research Interests

Dr. Taualii’s primary interests are in the areas of Indigenous Health, Public Health Informatics, and Public Health Genetics. Her work focuses on strategies and methods to liberate and analyze small data sets and the utilization of public health data to inform policy decisions. Dr. Taualii is the Director of the Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center, housed at Papa Ola Lokahi. Papa Ola Lokahi was established in 1987 by the Native Hawaiian community to improve the health status and wellbeing of Native Hawaiians. The Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center serves the mission of Papa Ola Lokahi by providing biostatistic and epidemiological support to the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander community. Her center also provides program evaluation and quality improvement support to the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander community and their public service organizations. Prior work includes the development of the Urban Indian Health Institute, a Tribal epidemiology center house within the Seattle Indian Health Board.

Current Research Grants

2010-2012 Knowledge, Attitudes, & Practices on Bio-Banking Among Native Hawaiians, Imi Hale, National Cancer Institute (C. Chong)

2010-2011 Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Health Data Project, Papa Ola Lokahi, Office of Minority Health (M. Taualii)

Selected Publications

Huffman, S., Brucker, R., Redd, J., Taualii, M., Town, C., Tetrick, C., Erickson, M., Forquera, R. (in press). Integrating Viral Hepatitis Screening and Prevention Services into an Urban Chemical Dependency Treatment Facility for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Hoopes, M., Taualii, M., Weiser, T., Brucker, R., Becker, T. (in press). Including Self-Reported Race to Improve Cancer Surveillance Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington State.

Taualii, M., Bush, N., Bowen, D. & Forquera, R. (in press). Adaptation of a Smoking Cessation and Prevention Website for Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth. Journal of Cancer Education. Project Title: Web-based Smoking Intervention for Urban Indian Youth. Region: Northwest.