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  • OPHS at APHA in New Orleans

    Posted Nov 24, 2014 at 11:06am

    Congratulations to Delta Omega Student Poster Honorees, Tonya Lowery St John (PhD candidate) and Tasha Tydingco (MPH '14)! Tonya and Tasha were selected to present their posters at the annual meeting of the Delta Omega Honorary Society and the American Public Health Association on November 17, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

  • For Global Health Programs Aiding Developing Countries, Analyzing A New Funding Model

    Posted Nov 12, 2014 at 12:22pm

    Development assistance for health in low-and-middle-income countries nearly tripled from 2001 to 2010, with much of that growth directed toward the response to HIV. Donor agencies struggle to determine how much assistance a country should receive. A new study, being released on November 12, 2014, by Health Affairs as a Web First, presents three allocation methodologies to align funding with priorities. The study authors then select a model—one with enough flexibility to solve mismatches between disease burdens and allocations—to evaluate the progress that could be made by one organization—the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—in fighting HIV. The authors found that under the new funding model, substantial shifts in the Global Fund’s portfolio are likely to result from concentrating resources in countries with more HIV cases and lower per capita income.

  • Next generation of leaders emerge from public health program

    Posted May 8, 2014 at 3:51pm

    For students specializing in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, the community is their classroom and its people are their teachers. Dedicated to its kuleana of serving indigenous peoples, the program has adopted indigenous research methodologies and schools of thought to address the needs of our communities.

  • New book focuses on core behavior changes to develop healthier lifestyle

    Posted Jan 16, 2014 at 2:25pm

    This past Fall, Wolters Kluwer Health, in partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), published ACSMʻs Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and Exercise, which explores the latest scientific findings on eliciting the behavior changes needed to truly make and remain committed to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Dr. Lisa Simpson (MPH '86) Elected to the Institute of Medicine

    Posted Oct 24, 2013 at 12:53pm

    WASHINGTON (October 21, 2013) — AcademyHealth President and CEO, Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, FAAP, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based advice to government and the private sector. Election to the IOM is considered among the highest honors in health and medicine.

  • Community Health Literacy Impacts Personal Health Status

    Posted Oct 17, 2013 at 10:09am

    In some communities in Hawaiʻi, 35.99% of residents report low health literacy, which means that they may struggle to understand basic health information. In other communities, only 5.37% report low health literacy. According to a recent study at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa' s Office of Public Health Studies, led by Dr. Tetine Sentell, these percentages matter for individual health.  Those who live in communities where many people report low health literacy have, on average, worse health than people who live in communities where few residents report low health literacy.

  • Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award

    Posted Sep 30, 2013 at 10:05am

    We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is October 1 and applicants must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 10, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm.

  • Hawai‘i Study Finds High Rates of Preventable Hospitalizations for Diabetes

    Posted Aug 9, 2013 at 8:30am

    A recent study by researchers at the Office of Public Health studies found that among those 65 years and older, Native Hawaiian, Filipino, and Japanese men and Filipino women all have a significantly higher risk for diabetes-related potentially preventable hospitalizations than Whites. Dr. Tetine Sentell, assistant professor of health policy and management and the lead author of the study, notes that the increased risk for potentially preventable hospitalizations were found among Asian and Pacific Islander groups even when the higher rates of diabetes among these groups were considered.

  • Census Bureau names Maile Taualii to national committee

    Posted Jul 12, 2013 at 8:47am

    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.