Scholars in the Spotlight

Scholars in the Spotlight

Master of Public Health Student Hoku Rosario and Master of Social Work Students Dixe Johnson and Kelsey Manglallan along with Social Work Professor Dr. Scott Okamoto recently published an article in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse on Tobacco use among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth.

Read the article here!

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Dr. Scott Okamoto of the School of Social Work and his team, received a supplement to their existing grant (approximately 200K). These funds will be used to expand the focus of their study on the implementation of their drug preventation curriculum in public schools to charter schools on Hawai`i Island. This supplement is also intended to provide research training, education, and mentorship to a promising, early-career, Native Hawaiian social work scholar, Dr. Sarah Momilani Marshall (pictured here). 


Dr. Sandra Bourgette-Henry's article "The Wahine Heart Wellness Program: A Community Approach to Reducing Women's Cardiovascular Disease Risk" was recently published in the November issue of the Hawai'i Journal of Health & Social Welfare. 


Associate Professor of Public Health Christian Gloria, Ph.D., who serves as a co-investigator for a research project titled “Mental Health across Ages: Identifying Issues and Trends,” traveled to the Philippines and met with Jaime Montoya, M.D., the executive director of PCHRD. Montoya mentioned Gloria is the “very first mental health expert of their Balik (Visiting) Science Program, since the program started in 1975.” 


Working with the CDC Honolulu Quarantine Station and the Hawaii Department of Health, Assistant Professor of Public Health Emily Roberson, Ph.D., participated in a contact investigation of a case of Meningeal and Pulmonary Tuberculosis in a crewman on a commerical fishing vessel. Roberson's co-authored article was published in the June 21 issue of the CDC's publication, Moribidity and Mortality Report (MMWR). 


Dr. Cate Critz, PhD, APRN, CPNP, PMHS, Dr. Hobie Etta Feagai, EdD, APRN and Dr. April Akeo, PhD, RN, MBA were co-authors on an article published in the Nurse Educator. The purpose of this article, entitled "Sick Students: Presenteesim Among Nursing Students in 3 Countries," described presenteeism in nursing students from 3 different international nursing programs. 

Dr. Scott Okamoto and Dr. Peter Mataira of the College of Heatlh & Society were co-authors in an article titled "Advanced Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Health Disparities in Hawai`i: Perspectives from Academic Researchers." The article was published in the latest issue of Hawai`i Journal of Medicine & Public Health focused on Community-Based Participatory Research in Hawai`i. The article is covered in the press release, found here: