UH Med Now - Native Hawaiian Health

September is Hawaiian History month, and JABSOM has partnered with the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition to produce a vessel for education about Hawai’i’s history and culture that offers a vivid spectrum of programs to celebrate Native Hawaiian history. One week is traditionally dedicated to health. “If you’re talking about the Hawaiian community, and where we were […]

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Hawaii has the highest life expectancy at birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, that success is not reflected in the Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) population. State data show NHOPI have 7 to 10 years less in life expectancy than other Hawaii residents, and researchers from the John […]

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Janette Keola grew up in Honolulu, never dreaming she could become a doctor or have a career in medicine. “I never saw physicians who looked or talked or had the same experiences as I did,” Keola says. The seed was planted after Keola was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, a condition that occurs where the thyroid gland […]

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Three in five college students nationwide reported being diagnosed with anxiety, depression or another mental-health condition by a professional, according to a Harris Poll released this year. With that in mind, at the request of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Kualiʻi Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, the John A. Burns School of Medicine Department of […]

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We are sad to announce that Professor Gregory G. Maskarinec at JABSOM passed away at home on June 16, more than 2 years after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer and a long journey of treatments, complications including COVID, and lots of pain and suffering. In his remembrance, we are presenting this excerpt from a recent […]

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With a limited number of guests in person and loved ones tuned in via Zoom, five members of the incoming JABSOM Class of 2026 celebrated their completion of the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program on June 13 in the MEB Auditorium. The ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program provides students from underserved, underrepresented in medicine, and disadvantaged backgrounds […]

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