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Advance Health in
All Policies

Drive impactful health policy, and advance health in all policies, by applying UH’s analytical and educational leadership to address pressing health policy and economic issues in Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and nationwide.


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.


Conceptualized a “U.S. Health Policy for Health Professionals Bootcamp” program.

Created plans to conduct a two-day “U.S. Health Policy 101 Bootcamp for Health Professionals” program later in 2020. Course sessions intend to cover a variety of areas including the basics of legislating, an overview of the U.S. health care financing system, detailed insights into policymaking, and the federal budget and appropriations process.

UHealthy Hawaiʻi – The University of Hawaiʻi's Commitment to a Healthier Hawaiʻi and Pacific