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Announcements (recent)

  • 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 5 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago

  • Dr. Pauline George Stitt began her career as a pediatrician in New York. During World War II, Dr. Stitt came to Hawai‘i to work as a physician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She later went on to serve at a number of prestigious colleges and organizations, including Howard University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following her return to Hawai‘i, Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor of Public Health at UH Mānoa in 1972 and later served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health specialization.

    The Office of Public Health Studies offers the following two awards created in honor of Dr. Stitt:

    OPHS is pleased to recognize an outstanding individual from among its student body by presenting him or her with the 40th Annual Pauline Stitt Outstanding Public Health Graduate Student Award. This award was first presented in 1976. We ask each specialization/program and the Hui to nominate their top graduate or doctoral student(s) for this award. Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see award criteria below).  The selected student’s name will be inscribed on the Pauline Stitt Outstanding Student plaque and the student will also receive a $500 honorarium.

    The Pauline Stitt Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people whom she touched in her long and distinguished career. Each specialization/program and the Hui is asked to nominate a current public health graduate or doctoral student with a high level of academic achievement who will continue their enrollment in our program in Fall 2016.  Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see below).  The selected student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

    The Student Affairs Committee will review the nominations submitted and select the top candidate for each award based on the following criteria:

    Scholarship (50%): GPA, publications, etc. To place GPA in a broader context, please include information on workload (#credits/sem, FT/PT work hours). Governance (20%): Serve as student representative on OPHS Committees; UHM Committees (GSO). Student/Professional Activities (20%): Involvement in student organizations & activities (Hui Ola Pono, intramural sports); professional activities (HPHA, etc.). Community Service (10%): Voluntary, not field placement or paid employment (Health Fair, Red Cross, Legislature, Aloha United Way, etc.). Stitt Scholarship only: Continued enrollment in the public health program in Fall 2016.

    Submit letters of nomination and supporting documents to OPHSAS, Biomed D-204 / ophsas@hawaii.edu by April 8, 2016.

    - Posted 8 months ago

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News (recent)

  • Fall 2016 OPHS Undergraduate Summit a Success!

    The Fall 2016 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 45 students presenting in total (20 proposals and 25 final projects), including 17 students graduating later this month and 2 Honors students. 

    - Posted Tuesday, December 6

  • OPHS Hosts UH-Fudan University Public Health Summit

    The UHM Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) hosted a UH-Fudan Public Health Summit from September 26-28, 2016. Eight faculty members from Fudan University and Wuhan University in China — including Wen Chen, dean of the Fudan School of Public Health — attended the summit at East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall.

    UH President David Lassner, School of Social Work Dean Noreen Mokuau and OPHS Director Kathryn Braun gave opening remarks, emphasizing the value of and their support for international exchange and collaborations. More than 50 UH faculty and students attended the summit.

    The summit’s main purpose was to highlight and promote academic exchange and research between UH Mānoa and China. Summit speakers shared views on health policy and reform, aging, environmental degradation and global health challenges — all important areas of public health.

    During the summit, UH Mānoa signed an agreement with Fudan University for 2016-2021. The agreement renews the decade-long collaboration between the OPHS and Fudan University School of Public Health. The UH-Fudan agreement formalizes a BS/MS fast track program, also called the 4+1+1 Program.  Students who pursue and successfully earn bachelor degrees at Fudan in preventive medicine study may then pursue a fast-track master’s degree in public health at UH Mānoa.

    “The successful 10-year relationship between UH Mānoa and Fudan University in public health is testament to the evolving need for international partnerships on global health,” stated Dean Mokuau.

    Added Dean of Graduate Education Krystyna Aune, “Fudan University has a strong worldwide reputation for its research, teaching and caliber of students.  The Public Health 4+1+1 Program will further strengthen the partnership between UHM and Fudan, and attract stellar students to pursue graduate education here.”

    OPHS pioneered such fast-track degree programs at UH Mānoa, with its first agreement with Wuhan University in 2008. To date, OPHS has developed such agreements with four universities in China — Wuhan, Fudan, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Nanchang.  OPHS also has agreements in place with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), the University of Tokyo, Korea University and Catholic University of Korea.

    “More than 125 Chinese students and faculty have visited UH, and more than 80 UH students and faculty have visited China. They all have benefited from this international exchange program by developing research credentials and experience,” said Dr. Yuanan Lu, the professor who has led OPHS since 2007. “The objective of our UH-China program is to enhance public health education globally and to promote international cooperation with China, the most populated country in the world.”

    Over the past ten years, OPHS has worked with four leading schools of public health in China, including Fudan and Wuhan universities. Beside student and faculty exchange, research collaborations between OPHS and China have resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in environmental health, social and behavioral health, health policy and management, and epidemiology.

    To further strengthen the UHM-China partnership, OPHS has established the China-Hawaii Public Health Exchange Fund at the UH Foundation. To donate, see https://giving.uhfoundation.org/ and search for account 12748304, or contact Dr. Yuanan Lu at (808) 956-2702 or yuanan@hawaii.edu.

    - Posted Thursday, September 29

  • New warning signs that gonorrhea treatment may be losing effectiveness

    “Hawai‘i is on the front line for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea – we’ve been one of the first states to see declining effectiveness of each drug over the years,” said Alan Katz, MD, MPH, professor of public health at the University of Hawai‘i, member of the Hawaii State Board of Health, and staff physician and medical consultant at the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Diamond Head STD Clinic. “That’s made us extremely vigilant, so we were able to catch this cluster early and treat everyone found who was linked to the cluster. But the future risk of gonorrhea becoming resistant to both of the recommended therapy medications in the United States is troubling.”

    - Posted Thursday, September 22

  • Benefits and risks of fish consumption provided by new app

    BeneFISHiary, an app created in part by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies Assistant Professor Catherine Pirkle, provides location-specific data and the risks and benefits of Bermudian fish species. Pirkle worked in close collaboration with Philippe Rouja of the Ocean and Human Health Research Programme in Bermuda and Tidjane Tall of HUACTIVE.

    App users can search or browse fish and get detailed information about the mercury concentrations and nutrients such as selenium and omega-3 fatty acids in that particular species. The app also provides information about the sustainability of local and imported fish, as well as which lower mercury level fish can substitute for their higher relatives.

    The BeneFISHiary app was recognized with a 2016 International Association for Ecology and Health Small Grant Award. The app is in a beta version with plans for scale-up to other communities and enhanced features including updated fish inventories.

    The app was developed following a study on the consumption of fish by pregnant women in Bermuda and the effectiveness of public health messaging on mercury in fish. The study, “Examining the Impact of a Public Health Message on Fish Consumption in Bermuda” was published in PLOS One. It found that public health messaging warning of the dangers of mercury exposure from consumption of certain fish appeared to be effective, but adjustments needed to be made to promote consumption of healthy and sustainable fish with lower mercury levels. The BeneFISHiary app was created to help consumers make those adjustments, as well as healthcare providers who counsel pregnant women.

    The data for the app was collected in Bermuda, however, with additional funding, Pirkle sees the potential to expand the use of the app to Hawaiʻi and other coastal communities with strong ties to their local environments.

    BeneFISHiary is available for free at the iTunes store and the Google Play store.

    - Posted Friday, August 26

  • OPHS Reorganized Under the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

    We are pleased to share as of July 1, 2016 The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBT SSW) is now home to the Department of Social Work, the Office of Public Health Studies and the Center on Aging. Dean Noreen Mokuau continues as Dean. The shared vision of the MBT SSW and its units is “achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawai`i and citizens in a changing world.”

    The Department of Social Work (DSW) includes a BSW program; an MSW program with both a Manoa and DE-based option, with specializations in Behavioral Mental Health, Children and Families, Health, and Gerontology; and a PhD in Social Welfare. Dr. Meripa Godinet serves as Chair. The mission of the DSW is to provide educational excellence that advances social work with its focus on social justice.  The principal responsibility is the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge for the global enterprise with special attention to Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander, and Asian populations in our state and region. http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/

    The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is directed by Dr. Kathryn L. Braun. The mission of the OPHS is to advance the health of the peoples of Hawai‘i, the nation, and the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, discovery, innovation, engagement, inclusion, and leadership. OPHS offers the BA in Public Health. It also offers the Masters of Public Health (MPH) with specializations including Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, as well as a Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology or Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. OPHS offers both the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree and PhD in Epidemiology. http://manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/

    The Center on Aging's (COA) mission is to enhance the well being of older adults. COA is committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs and service to the community. The Center’s initiatives focus on the integration of research, education and service, with a focus on the multicultural populations of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region. http://www.hawaii.edu/aging/

    - Posted Thursday, August 18