Student Research

Student Publications

Uchima O, Taira D, Ahn HJ, Choi SY, Okihiro M, Sentell T. Disparities in Potentially Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Children with Asthma among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Whites in Hawai‘i. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Keaulana S, Kahili-Heede M, Riley L, Park MLN, Makua KL, Vegas JK, Antonio, MCKA. A Scoping Review of Nature, Land, and Environmental Connectedness and Relatedness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Peck K, Rodericks R, Irvin L, Johnson L, Tamashiro J, Ching L, Sentell T, Pirkle C. Identifying best practices in adoption, implementation and enforcement of flavoured tobacco product restrictions and bans: lessons from experts.

Delafield R, Elia J, Chang A, Kaneshiro B, Sentell T, Pirkle CM. Perspectives and experiences of obstetricians who provide labor and delivery care to women from Micronesia: a qualitative study. Qualitative Health Research.

Davis CMA, Sentell TL, de Souza Barbosa JF, Ylli A, Cucio CL, Pirkle CM. Meeting physical activity guidelines by walking in older adults from three middle-income countries: a cross-sectional analysis from the International Mobility in Aging Study. J Aging Phys Act. 2019;11:1-10. doi: 10.1123/japa.2018-0463. [Epub ahead of print Nov 11, 2019]

Hipp SL, Wu YY, Rosendaal NTA, Pirkle CM. Association of parenthood with incident heart disease in United States’ older men and women: A longitudinal analysis of Health and Retirement Study Data. J Aging Health.2019 Mar 10 :898264319831512. doi: 10.1177/0898264319831512. [Epub ahead of print March 10, 2019]

Gene-obesogenic environment interactions on body mass indices for older black and whte men and women from the health and retirement study

People who inject drugs and HIV crisis in Pence's Indiana: A media analysis using two policymaking theories

Military-Tailored Yoga for Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

"I Need my Own Place to get Better": Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitilizations

Strategies to Increase Filipino American Participation in Cardiovascular Health Promotion: A Systematic Review

Equitable Access to Abortion Care in Hawai‘i: Identifying Gaps and Solutions

Risk and Protective Factors of Alcohol Use Identified by Community Providers and Stakeholders in Hawai‘i: Qualitative Data Analysis

Comparing Birth Outcomes in Hawai‘i between US and Foreign-Born Women

Should There Be a Disclosure Mandate for Physicians Caring for Perinatally Infected Adolescents Who Don’t Know Their HIV Serostatus?

In What Ways are Hawaii's HIV Prevention Services Engaging Gay Male Couples and Using Technology?

MPH Capstones and MS Thesis Work

Epidemiology (MPH)

  • Evaluation of Hawai‘i's Influenza Surveillance System
  • Pharmacy Access to the Emergency Contraceptive Ulipristal Acetate in Major Cities Throughout the United States
  • Survival in Colorectal Cancer Patients with Type 2 Diabetes in the Multiethnic Cohort
  • An Analysis of Trace Elements in Macroalgae in the Sargasso Sea
  • Identifying risk and protective factors of conduct disorder symptoms in Hawai‘i high school students
  • A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association between Betel Nut Chewing and Cardiovascular Disease in Guam: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2012-2014
  • Prevalence of History of Intimate Partner Violence among Perinatal Patients in a Hawai‘i Community Health Center
  • Risk difference between overweight and abdominal obesity of hyperglycemia among adults in Yuhuan county: a cross-sectional study
  • The Prevalence of Hepatitis B Core Antibody in a Medically Underserved Foreign-Born Asian and Pacific Islander Population in Hawai‘i: A Cross-Sectional Study
  • Association Between Short Interpregnancy Intervals and Birth Weight and Gestational Age at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Hawaii; A Retrospective Cohort Study
  • Cohort study of the relationship between contraceptive method given at first abortion and risk of repeat abortion: A survival analysis
  • A Descriptive Epidemiologic Study on Medical Marijuana Users in Hawai‘i

Epidemiology (MS)

  • “Dump the Plump": A 5-year Hawai‘i Department of Health Worksite Wellness Program
  • Exploring the odds of diabetes and physical activity as an effect modifier in the Kohala Research Project: A Multi-Ethnic secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional study
  • BMI change and all-cause mortality in middle-age and older population
  • The Association of Violence on Educational Achievement Within the Iraqi Population Through 2003-2010
  • The Association of Significant Depressive Symptoms on the Risk of Falls: A Prospective Cohort Study from the Health and Retirement Study

Health Policy and Management (MPH)

  • Ho'okuakahi: A white paper to inform Native Hawaiian health policy recommendations for ho'oponopono 
  • A Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Family Planning in Syringe Exchange Program Participants
  • Implications of State-Specific Insurance Coverage for Abortion and Characteristics of Private, Public, and Self-Pay Abortion Patients in Hawai‘i
  • Barrier Analysis of Zika Prevention Behavior in Nejapa, Nicaragua
  • Policy Analysis of Prediabetes Prevention Options
  • Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines by Walking in Older Adults from Three Middle-Income Countries
  • Life-course violence experiences associated with early menopause among women from the International Mobility in Aging Study
  • Policy Analysis of Paid Family Leave Options in Hawaiʻi
  • All-Payer Claims Database (APCD): An In-Depth Analysis of State Legislation
  • TelAbortion in Hawai‘i: A Cost Analysis
  • Commuter Options; Maintaining Independence for Older Adults in Honolulu

Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health (MPH)

  • Ke Ola o ka 'ai: The relationship of food to Native Hawaiian well-being
  • A Physical Therapy Perspective: Improving Health Outcomes Using a Culturally Based Framework for Native Hawaiian Other Pacific Islanders and Native American/Alaska Native Populations; BRFSS Analysis
  • Aina Momona: Building Public Health Programs on a Hawaiian Perspective
  • Hoʻomana a ola: Empowering Young Native Hawaiian Women to Thrive Using a Culturally Based Framework
  • Addressing Mental Health of Indigenous Students on College Campuses through Indigenizing Spaces
  • Cultural Practices Improve Health for Native Moms and Babies
  • Diabetes Navigation For Pacific Peoples: A Family-Centered Approach

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (MPH)

  • Health literacy in a social context: a metanarrative review
  • Striving for Health Equity in the Built Environment: A Focus on Public Space
  • Youth and Food Insecurity: How Participatory Action Research Can Empower a Generation
  • Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Youth: A Literature Review
  • Mālama Ho‘omana‘o Mau: Navigating Towards the health of Native Hawaiian women through a canoe-based program
  • Brain Station: Providing Educational Opportunities for the Children and Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children
  • Using Social Media Best Communication Practices for Healthier University Students
  • A Systematic Review of Reproductive Life Planning Interventions
  • Identifying Risk and Protective Factors of Sex Trafficking in Hawai‘i From the Perspective of Service Providers
  • Adolescents in Hawaii: The Risk Factors and Resiliency Assets of High School Dropout
  • Acting FAST in the Event of a Stroke and Future Directions: A Systematic Review
  • The Junior Corps Leaders Summer Program: Building a Career Pipeline to Support the Healthcare Workforce

PhD - Epidemiology

  • Cognitive Disease, Metabolic Disease, and Inflammation in the Honolulu Asia Aging Study: Connecting the dots between Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Fibrinogen
  • Comparison of Behavioral and Sexual Networking Risks Among Patients with Syphilis or Gonorrhea: The Social and Sexual Network (SSN) Study, Baltimore
  • The Impact of Weight Status Perception on Perceived Risk for Diabetes and Diabetes Screening
  • Prevalence, Patterns, and Outcomes of Opioid Use by Injured Workers in Tennessee

PhD - Public Health

  • An Exploration of Resilience among Native Hawaiians
  • The effects of early life factors on elder physical activity disparities in high and middle income countries
  • Yoga for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Addressing Filipino American Cardiovascular Health Disparities in Hawai'I
  • Community Health Worker Certificate Program Evaluation
  • Informing the Process of the Collective-Efficacy-Mechanism-to-Action Model through Analysis of a Multilevel, Multisite Intervention: The Children’s Healthy Living Program