Vanessa Buchthal

(808) 956-4308

(808) 956-3368

Biomed D-201

Opal Vanessa Buchthal, DrPH

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • DrPH (Community-Based and Translational Research), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • MSPH (Behavioral Science and Health Promotion), University of California at Los Angeles
  • BA (Anthropology), San Francisco State University

Research Interests

Dr. Buchthal’s research interests are focused in examining the social and environmental factors affecting food insecurity coping mechanisms and dietary behavior in low-income communities, the influence of extended families and community social networks on the diffusion of health information and health behavior, and health disparities among Hawai‘i’s low-income populations.  Current research projects include studying the development of partnerships in community-based participatory programs, the evaluation of community-based obesity-prevention programs for Hawaii’s low-income communities, and the evaluation of community food systems in both Honolulu and Hawaii counties.

Selected Publications

Buchthal OV, Robinson SR.  Mapping the possibilities: Network analysis of interagency collaboration for nutrition promotion in a low-income multi-ethnic community. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, in press

Buchthal OV, Tanaguchi N, Iskandar L, Maddock, J.   Assessing state-level active living promotion efforts using network analysis.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2013 Jan;10(1):19-32.

Buchthal OV, Doff AL, Hsu LA, Silbanuz A, Heinrich KM. Avoiding a knowledge gap in a multiethnic statewide social marketing campaign. Journal of Health Communications, Journal of Health Communication, 2011 Mar;16(3):314-27.

Li VC, Wang S, Wu K, Zhang W, Buchthal OV, Wong GC, Burris MA.  Capacity-building to improve women’s health in rural china. Social Science and Medicine 52 (2001), 279-282.

Buchthal OV.  Insights in Public Health.  The gap is growing: Examining trends in poverty-related disparities in obesity, physical activity and dietary behavior in Hawaii.  Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine and Public Health (in press)

Lee S, Oshiro M, Hsu L, Buchthal V, Sentell T.  Neighborhoods and Health in Hawai‘i: Considering Food Access and Affordability.  Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 71(8) (2012), 232-237