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  • Donna-Marie Palakiko
    Donna-Marie Palakiko, MS, RN, APRN


    Donna-Marie Palakiko is the Director of the Community Engagement Core for the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. In this capacity, Ms. Palakiko will nurture the on-going relationships of the Ulu Network organizations and collaborate with existing and new partners to improve the health of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Peoples through research and training. Ms. Palakiko has 14 years of experience in community engagement, community-based participatory research, and community programming. Her interests include indigenous health disparities research.

    Selected Publications: 

    1. Kaholokula JK, Kekauoha P, Dillard A, Yoshimura S, Palakiko DM, Hughes C, Townsend CK. The PILI 'Ohana Project: a community-academic partnership to achieve metabolic health equity in Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Dec;73(12 Suppl 3):29-33. PMID: 25535599
    2. Kaholokula JK, Wilson RE, Townsend CK, Zhang GX, Chen J, Yoshimura SR, Dillard A, Yokota JW, Palakiko DM, Gamiao S, Hughes CK, Kekauoha BK, Mau MK. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities: the PILI 'Ohana Project. Transl Behav Med. 2014 Jun;4(2):149-59. doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0244-x. PMID: 24904698
    3. Kaholokula JK, Townsend CK, Ige A, Sinclair Ki, Mau MK, Leake A, Palakiko DM, Yoshimura SR, Kekauoha P, Hughes C. Sociodemographic, behavioral, and biological variables related to weight loss in native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar;21(3):E196-203. doi: 10.1002/oby.20038. PMID: 23404724
    4. Kaholokula JK, Mau MK, Efird JT, Leake A, West M, Palakiko DM, Yoshimura SR, Kekauoha BP, Rose C, Gomes H. A family and community focused lifestyle program prevents weight regain in Pacific Islanders: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Health Educ Behav. 2012 Aug;39(4):386-95. doi: 10.1177/1090198110394174. Epub 2011 May 6. PMID: 21551421
    5. Mau MK, Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula J, West MR, Leake A, Efird JT, Rose C, Palakiko DM, Yoshimura S, Kekauoha PB, Gomes H. Translating diabetes prevention into native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities: the PILI 'Ohana Pilot project. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010 Spring;4(1):7-16. doi: 10.1353/cpr.0.0111. PMID: 20364073
    6. Nacapoy AH, Kaholokula JK, West MR, Dillard AY, Leake A, Kekauoha BP, Palakiko DM, Siu A, Mosier SW, Marjorie KM; PILI 'Ohana Project. Partnerships to address obesity disparities in Hawai'i: the PILI 'Ohana Project. Hawaii Med J. 2008 Sep;67(9):237-41. PMID: 18853898
    7. Siu A, Palakiko DM. Cancer assessment methodology in a native Hawaiian community. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2008 Winter;2(4):291-9. doi: 10.1353/cpr.0.0040. PMID: 20208309
    8. Tse AM, Palakiko DM, Texeira R. Contrast of pediatric asthma management approaches in a multicultural and collectivistic population. J Asthma. 2005 Oct;42(8):623-31. PMID: 16266951

    PubMed Publications Listing:  Palakiko DM