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    A Talk Story Session with
    Professor and Founding Chair,
    Dept. of Native Hawaiian Health
    John A. Burns School of Medicine


The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research (the Center) located in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The Center is currently in its 12th of 15 years of continuous funding awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to support biomedical and behavioral research on Cardiometabolic Health Disparities in its priority populations of Native Hawaiians, Pacific Peoples, Filipinos and other Pacific-based Native Peoples (Alaska Natives, New Zealand Maori).

The Center directly funds three 5 year studies led by our investigators:

The overall goals of the Center for the next 5 years, explains Dr. Mau (PI and Director), is to both FOCUS and COLLABORATE.

  • Our Focus will be to fully embrace the community in our scientific studies and activities related to Metabolic Syndrome while at the same time strategically
  • Collaborate with other Hawai‘i health disparities research groups that compliment our portfolio of studies and investigators

The Center's core directors are Dr. Mariana Gerschenson (Deputy Director), Dr. Cecilia Shikuma (Research Director), Dr. Deborah Taira Juarez (Training Director), and Ms. Mele Look (Community Director) who directly oversee the programs and activities of the Center AND they have enabled us to …

… Partner with the BRIDGES and RMATRIX programs here at JABSOM in a very effective way.

Upcoming events in Year 12 include the return of our annual health disparities conference "He Huliau" to Oahu and a series of training programs that will be rolled out in the near future. So please visit our website often to keep up to date with new developments.

Our Partners

Te Mata O Te Tau – Massey University,
University of New Zealand

Pacific Islander Health Partnership

Orange County, CA

Anchorage, Alaska

Harvard School of Public Health

Boston, MA

Ann Arbor, MI

Hyattsville, MD

Honolulu, Hawaii

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National Institute on Minority Health and Health DisparitiesFunded through a grant of the National Institute on
Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Grant Number:  P20 MD000173
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