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April 18, 2022

Hawaiʻi Foodbank Fundraiser

The Thompson School is the UH Mānoa lead on the Hawai‘i Foodbank fundraising this year that will run from March 11 to May 13.
For more information, visit:

Hawai‘i residents are all experiencing higher costs for food, housing, medicine, utilities, education and transportation.  Many people will need to make decisions on what they can pay for or do without. Our donations will help feed Hawai‘i residents through difficult times.

Foodbank Background: The Foodbank works to gather food and support from local communities. They then distribute food through charitable agencies to those in need. In 2021, the Hawai‘i Foodbank distributed more than 23.5 MILLION pounds of food. Nearly a quarter of a million Hawai‘i residents are currently struggling with hunger. Among them are out-of-work parents, a growing number of kūpuna and 1 in 4 keiki.  

How can we help?

Monetary donations (either online or check/cash) and
canned/non-perishable goods are welcome.  

Monetary donations: 

  • You can go online and donate online at the UH Foodbank Donation Page.
  • Indicate that you are from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa on the drop down menu, and then indicate Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health on the next drop down menu. By doing this our unit will receive credit for your donation.   
  • If paying manually by check, please make the check payable to The Hawai‘i Foodbank.  
For every $1.00 collected, Foodbank is able to provide 2+ meals.  Any donation is appreciated. The Foodbank is able to efficiently stretch monetary donations for food and produce through their network of more than 200 food partner agencies. 

Canned Goods & Non Perishable Goods: 

  • All intact unexpired canned/non-perishable goods are welcome.  
  • These donations can be taken to:
    • Gartley Hall 203 (Department of Social Work Student Services) or 204 (Thompson School Dean's Office)
    • Office of Public Health Studies in the OPHSAS outer office BioMed D-204.
Please check your cupboard for extra food you would like to donate or purchase extra food while you are doing your weekly shopping. The most wanted items are monetary donations, canned proteins (meat, tuna, chicken), canned meals (stew, spaghetti, chili), canned vegetables or fruits and rice (2-5 lb. size).

Purchase a 2022 Foodbank T-Shirt:

The listed prices are selling at the retail price, so none of it is tax deductible, however, if you order a t-shirt, half of the cost of the t-shirt will be credited to our unit.  Wearing the t-shirt helps to advertise the Foodbank campaign.


Let's Celebrate! 
Join The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for the UH Mānoa Awards Event
Monday, May 2 from 3:30-5pm

You can attend the ceremony either via livestream link  or in person at Kennedy Theatre 

In particular we are excited to celebrate OPHS Associate Professor Jane Chung-Do, DrPH on her receipt of the 2021 Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching.  

We are also excited to celebrate Samantha Keaulana-Scott, MSW, current Office of Public Health Studies PhD Student & RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar who will be receiving the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship 2022 OVPRS Student Award for Excellence in Research. 

Watch the Awards Ceremony Livestream Here
Support Social Work Students! 

Join DSW Graduate Organization in supporting UH social work students with a Zippy's fundraiser! If you're interested in supporting students, simply scan the QR code to purchase select bentos for $9. This offer is good at any Zippy's location and available at the take out counter only. For any questions, please email or 
Hawaiʻi Journal of Health & Social Welfare
April 2022 Special Issue

This supplement issue of the Hawaiʻi Journal of Health & Social Welfare focuses on the shortage of health care professionals across the state of Hawaiʻi. It dives deep into the work being done by the authors to expand and strengthen Hawaiʻi's health care workforce by focusing on rural health, culturally aware practices, and interprofessional teamwork.

The articles in this special issue focus on recent trends in the physician workforce and existing programs aimed at solving the shortage of health care professionals. Topics of the articles include a summary of the 2020 Hawaiʻi Physician Workforce Assessment, a report on the 1990-2018 JABSOM specialty match and residency position data, training future pharmacists to optimize the health care workforce, and more. This special issue also highlights the various programs that support health care professionals such as the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program and the JABSOM rural health program

Professional Development

April Aloha ‘Āina Friday Events
Hosted by the Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office (NHPoL)

As we prepare to usher in spring, the season of renewal and release, we continue to endure and learn how to take care of our wellness. Now more than ever, we are learning that our wellness is inclusive of the care we give ourselves, each other, and our environment. We recognize for many these are still challenging times, whether it be COVID-related or due to the current socio-political climate across the world. Whatever the reason might be, it may have some of us wondering how do we and will we care for one another and Grandmother Earth? 

If this resonates with you, we invite you to our upcoming Aloha ʻĀina Fridays series, honoring Mānoa during Earth Month (please see the attached flyer to sign up). This is an opportunity to learn Welina Mānoa, a chant written for Mānoa, and to engage in discussion about Mānoa. We've also partnered with our friends at the Hawaiʻi Island Land Trust (HILT) and the UH Office of Sustainability to host a Pilina Circle centered around honoring Earth Month.

We hope that you will join us to renew our dedication to our collective care and rededicate ourselves to the care of Island Earth for the months and years to come! Please feel free to share this email with your teams.

  What is a Pilina Circle?

UHM’s Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation design team explains:

"Pilina can be described in English as "association, relationship, and connection." In some of our work we have leaned into an additional english description for pilina: deep relationship, connection, and interdependence with one another and Grandmother Earth. Over the last couple of years we've been reminded how much life really is a pilina circle, whether we like it or not. What we breathe out someone else will breathe in; how we treat the earth will shape how the earth can nourish us. And the circles just continue. 

We think that all of our ancestors at one point understood pilina in some pretty profound ways and we as their descendants are so fortunate to inherit that wisdom, though we recognize that we are still uncovering and learning so much about all the ways we really are connected. So Pilina Circles are spaces where we can focus on re-building pilina by sharing personal stories, listening deeply to those stories, and thus re-discovering our connections - our pilina - through that process.”  

Pilina Circles grow out of the work and design of Racial Healing Circles. Click here to watch a short video and learn more. 

Our Clean-Energy Future:
The Case for a Faster, Bolder Transition

A Talk by Leah Stokes

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6:30 pm HST

Art Building Auditorium, UH Mānoa

In order to keep global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5 degrees—a threshold for the most catastrophic effects of global warming—it’s imperative that Hawai‘i and other climate leaders meet their targets to clean up electricity generation. But how precisely should this be done? What sort of federal and state investments will be required? What sort of regulatory and legal changes do we need to have in place? And how can all of this be accomplished in such a way that maintains public support, especially in communities most affected by new types of power generation?

An expert in both the policy and politics of energy transformation, Leah Stokes has answers. Trained at MIT, Columbia, and the University of Toronto, Stokes has been published in top scholarly journals, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She is the author of the award-winning book, Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States. A professor of political science and environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, Stokes is also a Senior Policy Advisor at Evergreen Action and Senior Policy Counsel at Rewiring America.

This event is presented in partnership with the Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, as part of the Hā O Ke Kai Collection.

The Better Tomorrow Speaker Series is a joint venture of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and Kamehameha Schools. Series sponsors also include the College of Social Sciences, Scholars Strategy Network, and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Lead sponsors of this event include: Pacific RISA, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and Ulupono Initiative.

Moving Towards Abolitionist Social Work Practice:
A Conversation with Alan Dettlaff, Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston

with Alan J. Dettlaff, Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and the inaugural Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair

Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM HST

This webinar is intended for social workers and other health and human service professionals.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define abolitionist social work practice;
  • Outlines institutions that perpetuate oppression, racism, discrimination, and inequity;
  • Outline mechanisms to dismantle institutional violence

This webinar will be available for up to 1 Social Work
continuing education contact hour(s).

Click on the link below to register.

Register for a Conversation with Alan Dettlaff

The First Wave, A Panel Conversation: Lessons from the Pandemic for a Brighter Future

Sponsored by ProQuest, FILM PLATFORM, ROCO Films, Participant Media,
and National Geographic Documentary Films

Thursday, April 28 at 3:00pm ET

Join us for a live, panel conversation inspired by the documentary The First Wave, and challenge your assumptions about the lived experiences inside hospitals during the first four months of the pandemic. Hear from the film’s director, the frontline doctor from the film and Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on how we can inspire you to lead the way to a healthier, more equitable future.

For more details and to register, click on the link below. 
Register for The First Wave

National Conference on DSW (Doctorate) Education
and Social Work

Hosted by The University of Alabama

Welcome to the first national conference dedicated to DSW education and social work! This year’s conference will take place virtually on April 29, 2022, via Zoom hosted by The University of Alabama. The conference is designed for prospective, current, and graduated DSW students as well as doctoral faculty and program directors. There will be discussions on the current landscape of DSW education, the career trajectories of DSW graduates, and networking opportunities for DSW students.

Completion of the DSW Education and Social Work conference offers 5.5 contact hours. For more information about the conference, click on the link below.

National Conference on DSW (Doctorate) Education and Social Work Webpage

Mechanisms and Translational Research to Improve Health and Therapeutic Outcomes for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Populations
Hosted by the NIH AANHPI-health Scientific Interest Group (AANHPI-HSIG)

May 4th: 9:30am – 5:30pm EST
May 5th: 11am – 4:30pm EST

 A Virtual Event


  • Celebrate May AANHPI heritage month and education
  • Highlight research achievement
  • Address research needs to provide input for developing
  • recommendations to the NIH AANHPI research strategic plan

Opening remarks will include Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable (Director of NIMHD), Ms. Krystal Ka‘ai (Executive Officer, WHIAANHPI), Dr. Marie Bernard (Co-Chair of NIH UNITE), and Dr. Katrina Goddard (Director of Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, representing NCI). Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine, and Dr. Howard Koh of the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health will be the keynote speakers. Information about career advancement will also be held for NIH/HHS staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Xi, PhD program director, NCI Chair, NIH AANHPI-HSIG

Register for the Research Conference
Research Conference Flyer
Promising Minds Fellows Program
Foundations in Infant Mental Health
2022 Cohort

Hosted by Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF)
and Association for Infant Mental Health in Hawaiʻi (AIMH HI)

The purpose of this opportunity is to increase both the proficiency and confidence of mental health professionals who work with infants, young children and their families, as well as grow the number of consultants that serve as a direct resource for those families and their communities. It is also meant to serve as a capacity building and professional development catalyst towards building a sustainable and thriving system and network in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) in Hawaiʻi.

Fellows are currently working in Hawaiʻi in the field of infants and young children and their families (prenatal-age 6) have completed high school/GED, at least one year work experience with infants, young children and their families, and intend to stay as a provider in the field of infants and early childhood.

Those interested in the Infant Mental Health
professional development learning cohort will receive:

● Interdisciplinary, mixed-methodology training and guidance from their peers, colleagues and leaders in the field
● Mentorship and support towards personalized professional development goals
● Application support for an Endorsement Credential
● Bi-weekly Reflective Supervision and Consultation (RSC)
● Networking, collaboration and relationship enhancement opportunities with collegial peers
● Learning materials and highly-rated books
● Access to additional learning opportunities and connections such as The Growing Brain Series, other professional development opportunities, and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

For more information about the program and to apply, click on the link below.
Promising Minds Fellows Program Information
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Resources and Opportunities

Check out this list of health-related resources and opportunities provided by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. 

Employment Opportunities

Instructor (Position #0082806, Public Health)

Closing Date: Continuous recruitment until filled.  Application review to begin January 7, 2022
Salary Information:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Non-Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions: To begin approximately June 2022, pending position clearance and/or availability of funds.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate-level public health courses
  • Provide student academic advising in public health programs 
  • Mentor undergraduate students in applied learning experiences and graduate students in practica
  • Work with instructional designers to convert in-person courses to online courses
  • Support student recruitment efforts
  • Serve and participate in departmental accreditation activities 
  • Serve and participate on department and university committees 
  • Render service to the professional or lay community as relevant to the individual’s academic specialty
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health, or related field from a college or university of recognized standing
  • At least one year record of effective teaching as lead instructor of an epidemiology or public health-related course
  • Experience mentoring students at the college/university level
  • Ability to teach fundamentals of epidemiology and at least two of the following: chronic disease epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, infectious disease modeling, introductory biostatistics & quantitative methods, or environmental health
  • Proficient in SAS and/or R statistical software
  • Demonstrated history of service at the university and/or professional level
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Responsible, organized, dependable, and efficient.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in epidemiology, public health, or related field from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new courses
  • Ability to teach in chronic disease epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, infectious disease modeling, introductory biostatistics & quantitative methods, indigenous health, environmental health, maternal-child health, and/or public health biology
  • Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate public health students
  • Experience teaching in an asynchronous online format
  • Experience converting classroom courses to online courses
  • Experience applying innovative teaching techniques in courses
  • Established record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Established record of publications with student co-authors
  • Experience working in multi-cultural settings
  • Experience mentoring students from underrepresented minorities, including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.
To Apply:
Click on the "Apply" button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach required documents.
 Applicants must submit the following:
  • Cover letter itemizing how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, any desirable qualifications (as applicable), and reason for applying for this position Names and contact information (including email addresses) of at least 3 professional references
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts or equivalent documents directly from the institution of highest educational level relevant to job sought (transcript copies are acceptable but official originals required upon hire)
NOTE: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.
Eric Hurwitz, DC, PhD, OPHS Epidemiology Chair;

To apply, click on the link below
Apply for the Public Health Instructor Here
Further Employment Opportunities

Check out this OPHS newsletter for a variety of employment opportunities. 

For Students

Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health (NHIH) 
Summer Health Academy 2022

Join the Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health (NHIH) for an exciting program during Summer Session 1! This program is geared toward upper-level undergrad students interested in pursuing an MPH or grad school. 

PH 460: Social Determinants of
Indigenous Peoples’ Health

May 24-July 2
MTWRF 10:30-11:45am

Benefits include: 
-FREE tuition credits
-Network with Public Health faculty and Indigenous scholars
-Virtual class meetings
-50-100 hours dedicated to a virtual or in-person community-based project

Preference will be given to students who complete the application by Thursday, March 24, 2022. All applications will continue to be received until May 1. For more information and to register, click on the links below. 
NHIH Summer Program Application
NHIH Summer Academy Flyer
Call for Horizon Journal Submissions

What is Horizons?

Horizons is an annual journal of undergraduate research, creative work and innovation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The undergraduate work we publish in our print and online versions represent the very best of what students do on our beautiful campus each year. The selections we publish in Horizons each year may ask you to rethink an unquestioned assumption, feel strong emotions, or spark an interest in a new area. 

Online and in print

The journal includes both print and online versions, which allows us to publish submissions such as audio, video, photographs, and other media. The print issue includes select works, as well as titles and abstracts of all selections published in full on the journal’s website on ScholarSpace:

Who can submit?

All work whose primary researchers, performers, or authors are undergraduate students will be considered. The work must have been conducted or completed between January 2021 and May 2022 (Terms: SP ’21, SU ‘21, FA ‘21, and SP ‘22). Co-authored works can be submitted, but all contributors should be undergraduate students enrolled at UHM during the semester when the work was completed. If you graduate during the 2021-2022 year, you can submit work conducted while you were still enrolled.

My project isn’t a research paper or essay. Can I still submit it?

YES! All forms of undergraduate work are welcome: creative installations, recitals, art projects, creative writing, exemplary reports, presentations, and other forms of scholarship can be published in Horizons. Creative works (including creative writing) submitted to the website must include an Artist Statement. See the Information for Authors and Artists link for more details.

When is the deadline?

The first submission cycle deadline is January 28, 2022, though we encourage earlier submission. For works submitted by this initial deadline, student authors will have the option to revise and resubmit submissions not accepted during this first cycle. The second round of submissions are due no later than May 6, 2022. Students whose work is not accepted for publication during this second round do not have the revise and resubmit option. In both submission cycles, all student works undergo peer review by members of the Editorial Board. Reviewers’ anonymous feedback is sent directly to the email provided by the student who submits the work online, along with the editorial decision. All works undergo substantial revision before publication.

How to submit your work

The online submission form, and instructions for preparing your contribution are on our website. Please pay close attention to the guidance for a well-written abstract and artist statement posted here:

Please also carefully read the Policies posted at the following link:

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines and policies, or that are missing any required piece, will not be reviewed.  Each submission must include all author/artist names, an abstract (for research) or artist statement (for creative work), and full and appropriately formatted references.  

Submit your piece here:

Questions? Contact us at

UH Mānoa Fulbright U.S. Student Info Session

April 20, 2022, 12:30 - 1:30 PM HST

Meet UH Mānoa Fulbright Program Advisers (FPAs) and selected Alumni Ambassadors to learn about the program and gain insider tips on how to apply. 

Register for the Fulbright Student Session
CREATE at UH Cancer Research Internship Program

Our training program “Cancer Research Education, Advancement, Training and Empowerment” (CREATE) at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center (UHCC) addresses the over-arching goal to enhance the training of a workforce to meet biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs to lower cancer incidence and mortality in the Pacific. CREATE takes advantage of the excellent research opportunities arising from the distinctive population and environment in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with strong multi-disciplinary collaborations at the University of Hawaiʻi and with the University of Guam. Research training in our multiethnic population with persons of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, and European ancestry is important to address cancer health disparities due to ethnicity and low socio-economic status while the unique biologic resources and natural compounds found nowhere else in the world will prepare the next generation of researchers for drug discovery and mechanistic cancer research to create new cancer treatments. Besides the hands-on experience at UHCC, CREATE includes a curriculum of multi-disciplinary seminars, workshops, and career development sessions. The goal of CREATE is to offer distinctive training experiences in cancer biology and in population sciences for undergraduate sophomores and juniors and for first-year graduate students

If you have any additional questions about the summer internship program please send an email to: For more information about the programs, click on the respective links below.

CREATE for Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors
CREATE for First-Year Graduate Students

Check out this OPHS newsletter for a variety of internships for all degree levels and students. 
Call for Applications: 2022 Greg Bossart Memorial One Health Scholarship
Funded by Georgia Aquarium,
Administered by the One Health Commission

A $5,000 USD Dr. Greg Bossart Memorial Scholarship is available to a graduate student in wildlife biology, epidemiology, veterinary, medical, public health, basic or social sciences or other post-graduate program focusing on the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment using a One Health framework. Funds will be awarded in September 2022. 

Eligibility & Requirements
  1. Applicant must be a student currently registered in a post-graduate program (toward MSc, PhD, DVM, MPH, MD, or equivalent, clinical or research degrees) and working on a project that encompasses the One Health model and/or addresses a One Health topic.
  2. Funds can be used to support research or educational costs (tuition, fieldwork supplies, analytical costs, conference travel, etc.) and should be outlined in the application materials.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit (as a single pdf packet, use a pdf merger program):
  1. A Project Narrative (not to exceed 1500 words) that includes: Abstract, Background / Introduction, Project Goals, Methods, Importance/Contribution, How the proposed work fits within the One Health framework, Use of funds
  2. A current CV.
  3. A letter from the graduate program that the student has been accepted into or is enrolled in demonstrating their good standing
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or clinician who is familiar with the student’s work.
Only applications submitted as a single (merged) pdf will be considered and must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time, July 1, 2022 to:

For more information and to apply, click on the link below.
Greg Bossart Scholarship Information
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Grad Summer Internship 
Hosted by North Seattle College

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of the AANAPISI Grant Manager, the AANAPISI Grad Intern (Spring/Summer 2022) will assist in developing and implementing academic support strategies to increase student recruitment and retention of students served by the college's AANAPISI Program, funded by a U.S. Department of Education "Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution" (AANAPISI) grant.

The Grad Intern will assist with the day-to-day operations of the Office of EDI; assist with the planning and facilitation of programmatic efforts; supervise two oversee the Peer Leader/mentorship program in collaboration with the AANAPISI Grant Navigator.

This grant aims to build North Seattle College's capacity to serve its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students more effectively.

Major goals of the grants include:
1) Improve key academic outcome indicators for AAPI and low-income students,
2) Ensure that North Seattle College is a welcoming campus for AAPI and low-income students, and
3) Ensure that research informs service approaches, curriculum, and overall campus operations to more effectively serve AAPI students.

This position requires knowledge on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student experience and how to address needs. Concurrent to their employment, student employees, along with their supervisors, will engage in a guided career development framework aimed at building lifelong career skills to support lifelong professional success.
Application Procedures:
● Attached current Resume
● Attached cover letter addressing how you meet the duties, responsibilities, and requirements for the position

For more information and to apply for the internship, click on the link below.
This position is open until filled.
AANAPISI Grad Internship Job Description

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