November 1, 2012

Medical School Hotline: The Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine

Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula PhD; Winona Lee MD; Marjorie K. Mau MD, MS; Mele Look MBA; Dee-Ann Carpenter MD; Mililani Trask-Batti BA; and Lauleipuaokalani Coen BS

Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health

The Department of Native Hawaiian Health (NHH) is one of 11 clinical departments in the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The department’s mission is to be a center of excellence in education, research, and quality healthcare practices, committed to the optimal health and wellness of Känaka ‘Öiwi (Native Hawaiians), their families and communities, while embracing traditional Hawaiian values and practices. NHH, as an academic and medical field of study, embraces a multi-disciplinary approach in addressing the health disparities experienced by Känaka ‘Öiwi (and other health disparate groups) that integrates the biomedical, behavioral, psychosocial, and public health sciences with Hawaiian cultural knowledge and wisdom. It applies these sciences and Hawaiian cultural knowledge to medical education, basic and clinical research, clinical services and training, and community-engagement.

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