Public Health Pulse (news, events, announcements)

Events Calendar

June 2022

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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 2 years 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 1 year 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 2 years ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • Thompson School responds to SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

    The vision of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health is achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world. We strive to achieve and support this goal in teaching, research, and service. 

    - Posted Monday, June 27

  • Dementia storybook distributed to public schools, libraries statewide

    Currently, nearly 100,000 kūpuna and others in Hawaiʻi are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In Hawaiʻi, where multigenerational homes are common, many young people are living with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

    - Posted Monday, June 27

  • Improving Native Hawaiian elders' access to healthcare, longevity

    The difficulties rural-dwelling Native Hawaiian kūpuna (elders) face when seeking healthcare is the focus of a new study conducted by the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

    - Posted Thursday, June 23

  • Food insecurity higher among Indigenous people and rising

    A recent survey provides robust evidence of a food security crisis in the eastern Arctic, and also solidifies how Indigenous groups’ access to food is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 

    - Posted Thursday, June 23

  • Native Hawaiians more at risk for gout, UH study reveals

    An analysis of nearly two decades of data revealed Native Hawaiian study participants had more than twice the risk of developing gout as older adults, relative to White participants. Black and Japanese participants had the second and third highest risk, respectively.

    - Posted Tuesday, May 31