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Announcements (recent)

  • The Hawai‘i Chapter of Delta Omega invites all interested Public Health graduate and undergraduate Students to submit an abstract for the National Delta Omega Poster Contest Display at the APHA 2017 annual meeting to be held 4-8 November, 2017, in Atlanta. Each chapter is able to select no more than 2 abstracts for the graduate student competition and 1 for the undergraduate competition.

    Students whose work is selected for a national award will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega Honor Society, which the OPHS will match for a total of $700. Student awards will be made during the Delta Omega Social Hour. 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.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to katz@hawaii.edu by 17:00 (5:00 pm) Friday, April 14, 2017. No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted or considered.

    1)      Only student work that is completed by the submission date will be considered by the review committee

    AND

    2)      “Because the Delta Omega Student Poster Session is held as part of APHA’s scientific sessions, presenters must adhere to APHA’s guidelines.”

    The following is taken verbatim from the APHA “Poster Session Guidelines”:

    Presenters must be individual members of APHA Presenters, session organizers and moderators must register for the meeting (full or one-day). All presenters must be registered by the Advance Registration Deadline. Speakers who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without previously notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show."

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

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for 8 of the past 9 years. We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Katz if you have any questions.

    - Posted 7 months ago

  • The Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health invites students and professionals at public health, medical, nursing, pharmacy, and dental schools or programs to enter its 2nd Annual Writing Contest. Submissions must be original works related to the practice of medicine or public health, witha focus on the Hawaiian Islands or Pacific Rim Region.

    Eligibility:

    The contest is open to students and professionals at public health, medical, nursing, pharmacy, and dental schools or programs.

    Undergraduates, Graduate students (masters- and doctoral-level students), and Post-Graduates (postdoctoral fellows and residents) may apply.

    Note: Consideration may be given to applicants in other disciplines. Individuals not currently enrolled in a qualifying program but who completed one of the programs within the last 12 months may submit their work for consideration.

    Prize: Up to three cash prizes in the amount of $500. Winners will have their photographs featured along with their works in a future issue of HJM&PH.

    Contest opens on August 1, 2016 Deadline is December 30, 2016

    See our 2015 Contest winners: http://hjmph.org/contest2015.htm. More information can also be found at www.hjmph.org/contest.

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • Please join us as our undergraduate students present their Applied Learning Experience (APLE) project posters at the OPHS Undergraduate Summit on Thursday, April 28. This event will be held in the Biomedical Sciences Building, D-Courtyard from 4:00-5:00 PM (proposal project posters) and 5:00-6:00 PM (final project posters).

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • Delta Omega will hold it's annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM in Biomed B-103.

    This year's lecture will be given by Karina Walters, MSW, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington. Take this wonderful opportunity to meet and hear from Dr. Walters.  Reception to follow.  Campus parking is $6.

    For more information and to RSVP please contact Professor Al Katz: katz@hawaii.edu.

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • John McComas and Christine Kobayashi established this endowed fellowship to offer financial support to students pursuing a graduate degree in public health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  The selected recipient(s) will receive up to $1,200 for costs associated with attendance or for expenses related to research and travel.

    Applicant Criteria:

    Classified graduate student enrolled for spring 2016 in a public health degree program at UH Mānoa. Satisfactory progress toward degree as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. Registering for full-time status—8+ credits (6 credits for GAs) of public health degree-related coursework, or one credit of PH 800—in fall 2016.

    Preference:

    Self-identified commitment to remain in Hawai‘i to pursue a career after graduating from the program. Peace Corps volunteer as self-identified.

    Application Requirements:

    A letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria, including a brief statement explaining why you should be selected for the award and how the scholarship funds would be utilized. Include academic and practical accomplishments as well as future goals and aspirations. If relevant, provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards. Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in fall 2016.

    Applications must be received by Friday, April 8, 2016

    Submit all application materials to: Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS) at ophsas@hawaii.edu.

    - Posted 1 year ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • OPHS Researcher Rebecca Schweitzer Shares Information About Her Research on KHON-2 News

    OPHS Researcher, Rebecca Schweitzer, DrPH, was interviewed on KHON-2 News yesterday speaking about the tobacco stings that her research team conducts.

    - Posted Friday, September 29

  • Inadequate housing plays a large role in unnecessary hospitalizations

    Homelessness and inadequate housing are major causes of unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a study by University of Hawaiʻi researchers.

    The study, “I Need my Own Place to get Better”: Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations", is from an ongoing project to understand and reduce potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes and heart disease in Hawaiʻi.

    Principal investigator and Office of Public Health Studies Associate Professor Tetine Sentell, says, “We were interested in patient perspectives on the role of housing as contributing to their potentially preventable hospitalization.”

    Said Michelle Quensell, MPH '15, lead author of the study and a UH public health graduate, “We talked to 90 patients, and almost 25 percent reported a housing-related issue as a major factor in hospitalization. About half of these patients were homeless, noting the high cost of housing in Hawaiʻi.”

    “Patients said it was hard to care for their diabetes or heart disease when they were living without amenities such as refrigeration, running water, a stove or a safe place to store medications,” added Sentell. “Patients also mentioned challenges of following diet plans when canned goods were the only available foods at the shelters and food banks.”

    Several major health providers in Hawaiʻi have recently created innovative new programs to address social determinants, including housing, within the health care setting to improve health care quality and reduce health care costs. This research strongly supports these efforts.

    Other investigators include Kathryn Braun, UH Public Health, Deborah Taira, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo, and Todd Seto, Queen’s Medical Center.

    - Posted Friday, July 28

  • Congratulations to the 2017 UH Mānoa Awardees from Our Very Own Public Health ‘Ohana!

    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.

     

    - Posted Friday, June 30

  • Spring 2017 OPHS Undergraduate Summit a Success!

    The Spring 2017 OPHS Undergraduate Summit was a success. This event was a poster presentation of project proposals from 4-5pm and final projects from 5-6pm for their Applied Learning Experience (a BA Public Health degree requirement). There were 58 students presenting in total (25 proposals and 33 final projects), including 31 students graduating later this month and 5 Honors students. 

    Thank you to all the fabulous people who helped make this event possible including Lisa Kehl, Debbie Drummondo, Maya Uemoto, Chevelle Davis, Dejah Fa’asoa, and OPHSAS. Congratulations to all of our wonderful students for their accomplishments

    - Posted Tuesday, May 2

  • Assistant Professor Catherine Pirkle Selected as a Fulbright Specialist

    Assistant Professor Catherine Pirkle (Health Policy and Management) has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will collaborate with faculty at the College of Health Sciences of Trairí (FACISA), which is a rural satellite campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Northeast, Brazil.

    Dr. Pirkle will be working on FACISA’s health system and research capacity to address issues such as reproductive and sexual health including early pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and violence against women. She will lead teacher training and participate in short-term lecturing and seminars.

    Dr. Pirkle has a long history of working in underserved global settings including West Africa and Arctic regions. She has strong, long-term international connections to research teams around the globe with which to link faculty and staff at FACISA. She will help prepare students to address critical public health needs and to attract more local and international students.

    As a Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Pirkle will also be considered for additional future overseas assignments that require her unique expertise during the next three years.

    - Posted Wednesday, March 15