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Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Ph.D.

Keawe_KaholokulaProfessor and Chair
Department of Native Hawaiian Health
Phone: (808) 692-1047
Email: kaholoku@hawaii.edu
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Dr. Joseph Keawe Kaholokula is Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a licensed clinical psychologist. His research involves developing community-based and culturally relevant health promotion programs to address diabetes and cardiovascular disease inequities in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders using community-based participatory research approaches. His research also examines how biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural factors interplay to affect their risk for and management of chronic diseases. His work has had an impact on the local, regional, and national levels to bring systemic improvements to health care delivery, clinical outcomes, and policy through community-based research efforts. He has a strong commitment to achieving health equity and improving the health of Indigenous communities, which are reflected in his services on the national level as past Chair for the Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH) network and his recent appointment to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. On a local level, he serves on boards of organizations with a mission to improve population and Native Hawaiian health to include the Queen’s Health Systems and Hawai‘i Public Health Institute. As a Native Hawaiian, he is passionate about improving the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and has made a life-long commitment to improving their social and cultural determinants of health.