October 1, 2013

Assessment and Priorities for Health & Well-Being in Native Hawaiians & Other Pacific Peoples

Mele A. Look, Mililani K. Trask-Batti, Robert Agres, Majorie L. Mau, Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula

Center for Native & Pacific Health Disparities Research

The assessment of needs, priorities, accomplishments, and shortfalls is a fundamental step before undertaking important strategic action. Over the past 10 years, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and its Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa has been working with communities throughout Hawai‘i, and recently in the Continental U.S., to understand and find ways to address the inequities in health status across populations. The focus of our efforts is inclusive of not only Native Hawaiians but also other Pacific Islanders (e.g. Samoan, Marshallese, Guamanian, Chuukese), and Filipinos. Collectively, we identify these ethnic groups as Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples (NHPP). The purpose of this report is to provide a broad summary of the health and well-being of NHPP to enable community leaders, policy makers, academic institutions, research centers, and others to make meaningful decisions and take informed actions.

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