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Hawaii Resources

The Implementation of a Culturally Grounded, School-Based, Drug Prevention Curriculum in Rural Hawai'i
Details the development of a school-based drug prevention program for Native Hawaiian youth. Discusses the development and implementation of the Ho'ouna Pono program curriculum and evaluates the program based on student and teacher experiences, implementation structure and logistics, and standardized testing, among other measures.
Author(s): Scott K. Okamoto, Susana Helm, Steven Keone Chin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Community Psychology, 48(4), 1085-1099
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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A Qualitative Evaluation of the Impacts of a Strength-Based and Youth-Driven Approach to Suicide Prevention in Rural and Minority Communities in Hawai'i
Evaluates a suicide prevention initiative aimed at Native Hawaiian youth. Bases conclusions on feedback from interviews with community coordinators and youth leaders and discusses the perceived impact of the program.
Author(s): Mapuana C.K. Antonio, Jane J. Chung-Do, Deborah A. Goebert, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Health and Social Welfare, 79(5 Suppl 1), 96-100
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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The Healthy Hawai'i Initiative: Insights from Two Decades of Building a Culture of Health in a Multicultural State
Provides an overview of the Healthy Hawai'i Initiative (HHI), a statewide public health program founded in 2000 to promote health and wellness through policy change and social ecological efforts. Analyzes information from interviews with individuals involved with HHI. Discusses coalitions that brought together community leaders, grassroots organizations, and rural communities.
Author(s): Joy Agner, Catherine M. Pirkle, Lola Irvin, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 20(1), 141
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Primary Care Legislative Report to the Thirtieth Legislature: State of Hawaii 2020
Annual legislative report covering Hawaii State Department of Health program activities; challenges related to provider shortages, access to care, and cost of healthcare; and recommendations to address these challenges. Describes Project ECHO Hawaii, which expands access to rural Hawaii residents through telehealth, and other specific programs that increase access to healthcare for Native Hawaiians, the Marshallese population, and other rural populations.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hawaii State Department of Health
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Professional and Cultural Development of Medical Students Mentoring Adolescents in a Predominately Native Hawaiian Community
Describes the development and design of the the Nānākuli Pathways to Health (NPH) program, a mentoring and health career curriculum, to determine its impact on students' professional development while serving in a rural, underserved Native Hawaiian community.
Author(s): Malia S. Lee, Sachi K. Kaulukukui, Mai S. Smith, Jerrick J.K. Laimana, Kelli-Ann N.F. Voloch
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 78(12 Suppl 3), 35-40
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Empowering 'Ōpio (Next Generation): Student Centered, Community Engaged, School Based Health Education
Describes the development of the Empowering Opio Project, created by a team of health educators from two rural Oahu school-based health centers (SBHC) with input from school administrators, teachers, and students, to encourage high school students to assess their health needs and achieve optimal health.
Author(s): Blane K. Garcia, Malia L. Agustin, May M. Okihiro, Vija M. Sehgal
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 78(12 Suppl 3), 30-34
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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National Program Helps Older Adults in Rural Maine and Hawaii Feel More CAPABLE
Highlights CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders), a national model that connects low-income older adults with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Features programs implemented in Hawaii and Maine based on this model.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community-Clinical Linkages Within Health Care in Hawai'i
Special issue of the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health focusing on collaborations between the community and healthcare facilities to improve health in Hawaii. Covers community health workers, health systems-based programs, community health-center based programs, and provider-based programs. Addresses rural throughout.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 78(6 Suppl 1)
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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A Unique Partnership Between the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center and the University of Guam: Fifteen Years of Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i and Guam
Highlights a partnership between the University of Guam and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center focused on addressing cancer disparities in Pacific Islanders in Guam, Hawaii, and parts of Micronesia. Summarizes the 3 components of the program (research, research education, and community outreach) and discusses their outcomes and impact. The partnership is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program.
Author(s): Hali R. Robinett, Rachael T. Leon Guerrero, John A. Peterson, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 78(6), 205-207
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 9/7/2021