Native Hawaiian Health

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Native Hawaiian MD graduates join with department faculty, medical school and UH leadership and loved ones in a Kiheī Ceremony at JABSOM in 2012.

Native Hawaiian MD graduates join with department faculty, medical school and UH leadership and loved ones in a Kiheī Ceremony at JABSOM in 2012.

The Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) is concerned with the healthcare of Native Hawaiians. Through research and education, this department helps to develop a comprehensive program that addresses the healthcare status of Native Hawaiians. The John A. Burns School of Medicine provides assistance in educating the community on health issues of Native Hawaiians. This department also houses two divisions related to Native Hawaiian health and welfare – the Imi Ho‘ōla Program and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence.

 

Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence

    The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE) seeks to improve the healthcare status of the Hawaiian community through educational initiatives. This program trains academic faculty of Hawaiian descent, and develops programs designed to educate Hawai`i and Hawaiians about the richness of their medical heritage.

 

‘Imi Ho‘ōla Program

    The ‘Imi Ho‘ōla Program (IHP) is a post-baccalaureate program designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals whose medical school applications were rejected, but who are deemed capable of succeeding in medical school. The curriculum emphasizes the integration of concepts and principles in the sciences and humanities, and further develops communication and learning skills. Persons benefiting come from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from medical school and/or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds as published by the U.S. Bureau of Census.

Research is a major focus of the department, and includes a study of the health disparities that disproportionately affects the Native Hawaiian population. The Hawai’i EXPORT Center, a five-year, five million dollar grant from the NIH National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities, will focus on reducing and eliminating diabetes-related disparities in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific-based populations. This involves activities such as conducting hypothesis driven research, developing pilot studies, training new researchers and networking with Native Hawaiian communities to disseminate research information.

Other research initiatives include existing grants and contracts listed under the Diabetes Research Projects as well as an Endowed Chair for Research, established through an NIH award.

Phone: (808) 692-1050

Address

677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1016B
Honolulu, HI 96813

Link: http://dnhh.hawaii.edu