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Health Sciences Initiative

We have been discussing better ways to coordinate and collaborate across the health sciences at UHM for many years, if not decades, and the challenges of the pandemic only reinforced the importance of this work. While the pandemic has forced us to collaborate in ways that forwarded our goals, more can be done. To that end and as part the second phase of our post-pandemic planning, the Health Sciences Steering Committee is charged with identifying opportunities and challenges, and proposing an appropriate structure to leverage and build on our strengths in health sciences research, education, and extension for the state and beyond.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Walter Bowen, Associate Dean, CTAHR
  • Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, Interim Dean, JABSOM
  • Kenneth Fink, Director, Hawai‘i State Department of Health
  • Jill Hoggard Green, President and CEO, Queen’s Health Systems
  • Judy Lemus, Interim Associate Dean, SOEST
  • Miriam Mobley-Smith, Interim Dean, College of Pharmacy, UH Hilo
  • Tetine Sentell, Interim Dean, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
  • Alison Sherwood, Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences
  • Naoto Ueno, Director, UH Cancer Center
  • Raymond Vara, President and CEO, Hawai‘i Pacific Health
  • Lorrie Wong, Associate Dean, NAWSON


The steering committee began its work in the spring of 2022. As its first task, members discussed the history, successes, and challenges of coordination in the health sciences across campus, and opportunities to leverage our strengths. The UHM representatives offered brief unit snapshots of their academic programs, research and extension highlights, and existing collaborations in the health sciences. The presenters closed by addressing: What does better coordination across the health sciences mean to you? In what ways could your unit benefit? In what ways could your unit contribute? You may view these presentations below.

Our external committee members (Dr. Jill Hoggard Green from Queen’s Health System and Mr. Ray Vara from Hawai‘i Pacific Health) responded to the presentations and provided their thoughts on the needs of the state and opportunities to work together. These may be viewed below.

Over the next few meetings, members will examine examples of health sciences coordination at peer and benchmark institutions.

Meeting Minutes

The steering committee aims to meet monthly.

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