Chessa Harris, M.B.A.
Director of Business and Administrative Operations, Instructor
Department of Native Hawaiian Health, ‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post Baccalaureate Program (Instructor)
Phone: (808) 692-1008
In her role as the Director of Business and Administrative Operations, Chessa Harris is responsible for the development, management, and implementation of the overall business plan for the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Chessa coordinates spending plans, growth strategies, and sustainability planning for DNHH, as well as designated department projects, and works with each of the five department divisions to achieve department strategic initiatives. Chessa is also the lead instructor for the NHH 501/502: Scientific Basis of Medicine course in the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program. Through her work with the ʻImi Hoʻōla Program, she encourages students to explore health and disease from a local, national, and international perspective, focusing on the epidemiology and psycho-social impacts of various health conditions on patients and communities, the shortage of healthcare services in rural and underserved populations, and the importance of compassion and professionalism in the doctor-patient relationship. Chessa completed both her undergraduate degree in Communications and Masters of Business Administration at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is originally from Hawaiʻi Island.