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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 8 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)

  • Nov 21

    Public Health Movie Night: Okja

    For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja - a massive animal and an even bigger friend - at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.

  • Nov 22

    Last day for examinations before finals

    Last day for examinations before finals.

  • Nov 23

    Holiday: Thanksgiving Day (no classes)

    Holiday: Thanksgiving Day (no classes)

  • Nov 24

    Non-Instructional Day

    Non-Instructional Day

  • Dec 7

    Last day of instruction

    Last day of instruction.

News (recent)

  • Adolescent Childbirth is Associated with Greater Framingham Risk Scores for Cardiovascular Disease Among Participants of the IMIAS (International Mobility in Aging Study)

    A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and colleagues in Brazil and Canada finds that older women from multiple countries who reported adolescent childbirth had greater cardiovascular disease risk.

    What is new? To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate in postmenopausal women from multiple global settings that adolescent childbirth is related to greater overall cardiovascular risk, as measured by the Framingham Risk Score, compared to women who gave birth at later ages, as well as compared to nulliparous women.

    What are the clinical implications? Adolescent childbirth may serve as a cardiovascular disease risk marker; women who were adolescent mothers may benefit from earlier and increased cardiovascular screening to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events.
     

    - Posted Wednesday, November 1

  • Fall 2017 Career Panel and Alumni Mixer

    Thank you to all of our fabulous panelists and public health student participants who attended yesterday's OPHS Public Health Career Panel! We were fortunate to have been joined by several BAPH alum who graduated this past May and are already hard at work improving public health in our local communities. The Alumni Mixer that followed was also a wonderful success!

    - Posted Tuesday, October 31

  • Early life adversity experiences, such as hunger and poverty, are negatively associated with one's physical health across the life course, especially for women

    The study examines the relationship between economic adversity transitions from childhood to older adulthood and older adulthood physical performance among 1,998 community-dwelling older adults from five demographically diverse sites from middle and high-income countries.

    - Posted Thursday, October 19

  • 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