1507855 894127117264831 7965611947234454739 nThe theme of the 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Convention is Creating the Healthiest Nation:  Preventing Violence.

The American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Caucus (est. 1981) invites abstracts for presentations that address health programming and practices, research approaches, and policy and structural approaches for Indigenous populations.  Authors should submit to the best-fit category for their abstract.

"Last year, there were few Native Hawaiian submissions," reports Babette Galang, Caucus chair from 2016-2018. "We are hoping to improve these numbers in 2020."

Suggested themes, categories, processes and more information may be found on the attached CFA

The 184th Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held in San Francisco, October 24-28, 2020.  West coast meetings have always benefited from greater participation by Hawai'i public health professionals and students.

Babette invites you to call her for more information.


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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 Me ke aloha pumehana a pau, ka ‘ohana Papa Ola Lōkahi.

COVER POL Newsletter Makahiki 2019

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DanielsS OMH 2019


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [PDF download]:   October 24, 2019

(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i) – Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, has been appointed by Hawai‘i Department of Health Director Bruce S. Anderson to serve on the department’s Tobacco Prevention & Control Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board is responsible for developing a strategic plan for tobacco prevention and control, including developing effective programs, identifying benchmarks and initiating standards for evaluation, and assessing the effectiveness of such programs.

“I look forward to serving with my colleagues to develop effective strategies that will reduce the use of tobacco in all its forms throughout Hawai‘i,” said Dr. Daniels.  “I have admired the progress of the tobacco prevention and control program as it has carried out its work to identify priority populations and strategize toward improving health outcomes.”

The State’s 2016-2020 Tobacco Use Prevention and Control in Hawai‘i Five Year Strategic Plan identifies Native Hawaiians as a priority population due to smoking prevalence that is higher among Native Hawaiians than other ethnicities, particularly among high school students. 

“I’m particularly committed to bringing the wisdom and experiences from Hawaiian communities to this effort,” says Dr. Daniels.

As executive director of the Hawaiian health board, Dr. Daniels leads efforts to improve the overall health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and their families, through strategic partnerships, programs and public policy. This appointment, effective immediately, shall serve out the remainder of a three-year term that began July 1, 2017.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Dr. Daniels received her bachelor’s in family resources from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She carries a master’s in counseling psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a doctorate from Argosy University, and holds several license certifications. Dr. Daniels is actively involved in various community organizations on Maui and O‘ahu, including Hawaiian language education.


Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

Improving Hawaiian Health and Well-Being for More Than 30 Years

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NHHSP Scholars Portrait SY2019



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                  

December 5, 2019

Contact:  Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie

     808-597-6550 or 808-383-1651                                           


Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship goes to nine deserving students

(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i)   The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 cohort of scholars.  Our congratulations to all!

These nine awards are going to students attaining seven different degrees in six different professions:  medicine, psychology, pharmacy, nursing, dental hygiene, and physician assistance.

Six are in school in the continental U.S.; three are studying at home, one each in Honolulu, Hilo and Kahului.  Three students are from Maui; six are from O‘ahu.

“We are inspired by the enthusiasm of these aspiring health professionals to serve their communities,” proclaimed Sheri-Ann Daniels, executive director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, which administers the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.

The purpose of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) is to improve both accessibility and acceptability of health care.  It has contributed to building a health work force that is knowledgeable and committed to serving the unique needs of Hawaiian communities.

The NHHSP is modeled after the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which was established in 1972.  As with the NHSC, the award obliges the scholar, upon completion of study and licensure, to serve full-time in a clinical capacity in medically under-served areas in Hawai'i for a period commensurate with the length of scholarship support.

Since 1991, almost 300 NHHSP awards have been made in 20 different primary and behavioral health care disciplines. More than 200 have been placed into the workforce across six islands impacting the well-being of the communities they serve. More than half of those who have fulfilled their service obligations have continued to serve medically underserved areas and populations in Hawai‘i.

“The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program has been vital to building capacity in the health workforce,” Dr. Daniels continues. “The students of today, will in 10, 15, 20 years be the leaders across Hawai‘i’s health care system. This is the quintessential grow-your-own program.”

Visit www.nhhsp.org for more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.

The next round of applications will open on February 1, 2020.

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Papa Ola Lokahi Logo org namePapa Ola Lōkahi’s mission is to improve the health status and well-being of Native Hawaiians and others by advocating for, initiating and maintaining culturally appropriate strategic actions aimed at improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana and empowering them to determine their own destinies.

Through SCR 74 S.D 1, the 29th Legislature of the State of Hawaii requested of Papa Ola Lōkahi to assess the impacts on the social, financial, and cultural integrity of providing health coverage for Hawaiian culture-based activities that have shown to be effective in managing weight, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Researchers have been studying the health benefits of hula for more than 10 years and have published several peer reviewed articles on their findings.

This completely anonymous survey was developed to collect the insight and input of kumu hula with regard to hula being offered as a reimbursable health/wellness insurance benefit. Please complete this survey as your manaʻo is invaluable in this assessment process. The aggregated results will be shared in an impact assessment report to the 2020 Legislature.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (808) 597-6550 with questions or additional comments. Mahalo.

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