Collaborated on planning to establish a UH Health Policy Institute.
Near-term growth opportunities for the UHealthy Hawaiʻi initiative include advancing a Health Policy Institute for “big data” analytics and policy development. This Health Policy Institute would be spearheaded through UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences (CSS).
The proposed Health Policy Institute at UHM CSS would facilitate evidence-based healthcare policy and social progress in the State of Hawaiʻi and the entire Pacific Region. Specifically, the Health Policy Institute would have the potential to address critical needs in the following focus areas: healthy aging; built environment and development; disaster preparedness and recovery; community mental health; violence prevention and safety; health communication and messaging; social services and program development; and health care coverage and accessibility. Impacting policy in each of these seven areas will prepare the State of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region to plan, react, and recover to COVID-19 and the many challenges that lie ahead.