Public Health Pulse (news, events, announcements)

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Events Calendar

September 2021

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Announcements (recent)

  • Please join us on Wednesday (4/29) and Thursday (4/30) to support our students at the Spring 2020 Summit offered via Zoom. Contact Dr. Nelson-Hurwitz via email for complete schedule and Zoom links.

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • The Hawai‛i Chapter of Delta Omega invites all interested OPHS graduate and undergraduate students to submit an abstract for the National Delta Omega Poster Contest Display.  It will take place at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting, scheduled for October 23rd through 27th, 2021 (“hybrid” this year, so both in Denver, Colorado, and virtually).  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 by Delta Omega’s national committee will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega Honor Society, which the OPHS will match, for a total of $700.  National awards will be presented during the Delta Omega Social Hour at APHA.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their poster during the APHA scientific poster sessions, and abstracts will be published on the National Delta Omega webpage.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by 4/30/2021, 5:00 p.m.  Submissions must use the attached form.  No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted or considered.

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for 11 of the past 13 years.  We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Sugimoto-Matsuda if you have any questions.

    - Posted 5 months ago

  • The Healthy Hawaiʻi Initiative Evaluation Team, in collaboration with leadership from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, and the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, are pleased to announce a Special Issue addressing the intersections between chronic diseases and Covid-19 in our state. 

    The Special Issue, entitled “Roadmap to a healthier and more equitable Hawaiʻi: Solutions to root causes at the intersections of chronic disease and Covid-19” seeks article submissions that make contributions toward systems, environmental, and policy changes, as well as those that discuss or target root causes of health disparities in chronic disease. We are looking for all types of articles, including original articles, reviews, viewpoints, and editorials. Students are also highly encouraged to contribute. 

    To be considered for the Special Issue, please send an unstructured 350-word, or less, abstract to by midnight, October 9, 2020. We aim to publish the Special Issue next summer. 

    Full details available in this PDF.

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • Our public health ‘ohana lost an amazing person recently. Mary was a stellar student, researcher, and person. She earned her Master of Public Health from OPHS in 2013 where she was active in the Hui and in community service. She was research faculty in our department and later worked as a GRA as she pursued her nursing degree. A UH scholarship fund has been created to honor her legacy in public health and nursing: Gifts in memory of Mary Guo can also be made payable to “UH Foundation” with a note or cover letter indicating “Mary Guo Scholarship” which can be sent to UH Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270. Some of her research publications can be found here:, and

    - Posted 1 year ago

  • Public health is more important than ever during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to announce that we have opened applications for Spring 2021 for all of our graduate programs. We will be holding a Graduate Program Information Sessions via Zoom on June 17, July 15, and August 12. It is important that those who plan to apply for Spring 2021 attend one of the information sessions prior to submitting an application.  Please visit our Admissions page for information on how to apply. We look forward to receiving your application!

    - Posted 1 year ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • One's connection to nature examined in public health research

    Feeling connected to nature or the environment is important for health, and new public health research from the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa examines how these feelings of connection can be measured.

    - Posted Tuesday, September 7

  • $1.4M to address health disparities in communities most impacted by COVID-19

    The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies will receive more than $1.4 million in new funding to help fight the health disparities in Hawaiʻi highlighted or worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of a $25 million grant awarded to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The funding will support efforts to build knowledge and take action to address these health disparities affecting the state’s most impacted communities.

    - Posted Friday, September 3

  • Tribute to Haunani-Kay Trask

    Over the summer we lost a towering leader in Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask who had an immense impact on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and our larger communities, and the Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) in particular. She was a foundational inspiration and example for our Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health program, whose faculty and students composed a beautiful tribute which we  proudly share with our OPHS 'ohana

    - Posted Friday, August 27

  • New Policy Brief Makes the Case for Deeper Investments in Chronic Disease Prevention in Hawai‘i

    As Hawaiʻi emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical that funding is maintained and expanded for chronic disease prevention to improve health, address disparities, and reduce costs. This policy brief provides evidence and arguments for why chronic disease prevention investments are more critical than ever in Hawaiʻi. 

    - Posted Friday, July 9

  • Mosquito-breeding potential campus areas revealed in study

    The highest number of potential mosquito breeding sites on campus are located in the student residential areas of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, according to research out of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. The study, published in the Hawaiʻi Journal of Health & Social Welfare (PDF), advised practical strategies to reduce mosquito breeding.

    - Posted Thursday, June 17