View this email in your browser

For optimal viewing experience, please click "View this email in your browser" above. 

April 1, 2022
A Message from the Dean

Aloha Thompson School, 

Next week is National Public Health Week. Many fabulous events have been planned where you can connect and enjoy yourselves while learning more about critical health topics!

Please see some options below. This follows last month’s successful Social Work Month which included many wonderful activities, including the presentation The Time is Right for Social Work by NASW President Mit Joyner. Mahalo to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members far and wide who participated in these events as planners, speakers, and attendees. Your engagement in our communities is truly making an impact! We are very grateful for you!

The Thompson School is the UH Mānoa lead on the Hawaii Foodbank Annual Food Drive this year running from March 11 to May 13. We’re halfway there and your contributions really can make a difference! The value of this work is demonstrated by inspiring work by our faculty, students, and alumni in topics related to community food security, health, and wellbeing. Here are some more examples of this work. Please see the gorgeous picture from work in this area by PhD student Rica Dela Cruz from her doctoral studies in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) that will brighten your day! 


We’d love to highlight more of your good works as we support the Foodbank! Please send any related studies from students, faculty, staff, or alumni that you would like to see highlighted to 


Stories from our students keep us rejuvenated and inspired! Please send in your essay to the Thompson School Student Essay Contest (details below) by April 30 to share your journeys, inspirations, and plans! We love to hear from you! 




Nephew with local bananas from PhD student Rica Dela Cruz
from her CNMI project to reduce childhood obesity.

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.
Thompson School In The News
$100K boost to develop, diversify public health workforce
Featuring OPHS Faculty Lisa Kehl, Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, Michelle Tagorda-Kama, Catherine M. Pirkle and Interim Dean Tetine L. Sentell 
Kūpuna Collective fosters collaboration, innovation for aging impact
Featuring COA Interim Director Christy Nishita and OPHS student Jinyoung Lee
Mother to child COVID-19 transmission is ‘rare’
Featuring OPHS Faculty Catherine M. Pirkle

UH Mānoa sees highest number of ranked graduate programs by
U.S. News

Featuring the Department of Social Work and the Office of Public Health Studies
Filipino language, culture leads public health dual major choices
Featuring OPHS Faculty Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, OPHS students Elarie Ranido, Allen Oamil, and recent OPHS graduates Jairah Mae Pascual, and
Meldrick Ravida
Now on Instagram! 
The Thompson School is now on Instagram! Check us out at
@uhmthompsonschool for all of the latest updates. Also, tag us with #ThompsonConnections and #uhmthompsonschool
Thompson School Events
University of Mānoa Preview Day

Join Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health representatives at the: 
The Mānoa Experience - University Preview Day

Saturday, April 2, 2022

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

UH Mānoa campus

For details, visit

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions events at or call (808) 956-7137.

In Case You Missed It
Provost Bruno to answer questions on
updated COVID-19 guidelines, more

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno hosted a livestream campus forum on Wednesday, March 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The discussion focused on the updated UH COVID-19 guidelines, and the upcoming summer sessions and fall semester. Bruno was joined by Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, a UH Mānoa professor and John A. Burns School of Medicine associate dean for academic affairs. 

The forum can be viewed on the UH Mānoa YouTube channel and UH News on Monday, April 4. This is the fifth livestream forum to the UH Mānoa community by Bruno since the start of the pandemic.

Department of Social Work
Provided by DSW

Podcast-The Permanent Address 

Department of Social Work students doing their Field Education placement at the State of Hawaiʻi Office of the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness are producing The Permanent Address, a new podcast that features conversations about topics related to homelessness.

In this episode, social work students discuss the lack of regulation for application screening fees in Hawaiʻi and how this impacts those searching for housing.
Listen to the First Episode Here
The Time is Right for Social Work With
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
President Mit Joyner

Watch NASW President Mit Joyner join the Thompson School for a chat
about all things social work! 
Watch The Time is Right for Social Work

Continuing Education Upcoming Webinars

For further information about each event, click here.

Tuesday, April 5 | 12 - 1 PM 

*Decolonizing our Practice Panel with Aimee Chung, MSW, LSW, Mike Spencer, PhD, MSW, Aunty Lynette Paglinawan, MSW, Ka’ai’ai Paglinawan, MSW

Tuesday, April 12 | 11 AM - 12 PM 

*Moving Beyond Performative Actions: Authentically Engaging to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Social Work Practice with Lauren Davis, LMSW

Tuesday, April 19 | 12 - 1 PM 

*Journey to Allyship with Julius Bravo, MSW, LSW & Jared Perez, MSW, LSW

*SW CE credits available

IT Specialist 
(Online Instructional Technical Support Position)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support instructors and/or subject matter experts each semester with updating asynchronous course materials
  • Transfer courses from template Laulima (Sakai learning management system or other learning management systems) sites to published sites, and helping launch each asynchronous course
  • Take lead in assisting instructors to personalize their asynchronous courses and integrate effective content and tools, including emerging technologies and best practice innovations
  • Train new instructors and keep continuing instructors current on Laulima tools, processes, and new technologies to effectively and efficiently teach asynchronous online courses
  • Provide individualized training and support for instructors for best practices using Zoom and other online synchronous instruction platforms
  • Create and maintain an indexed video library of instructions for lecturers/instructors and for students related to the tools used in the programs
  • Track innovation in educational technology tools use and recommend alternatives for instruction as appropriate 
  • Coordinate with ITS/Laulima administrators to make changes to support improvements with course delivery
  • Help coordinate/collaborate across the Department of Social Work and the Office of Public Health Studies to support the growth of online/distance education programs
  • Support the Thompson School in the instructional design and/or technology needs of their emerging online degree programs such as the new MPH program
  • Assist in assuring ADA compliance in teaching materials and course content
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned
 Minimum Qualifications
  •  As typically acquired/evidenced by pertinent baccalaureate educational degree and 1 year of progressively responsible professional information technology experience with responsibilities for instructional design and/or educational technology; possession of the following competencies in technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills:
  • Functional knowledge of instructional design and/or educational technology demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and ability to apply principles, concepts, methodology and terminology.
  • Functional knowledge and understanding of technology, systems, hardware and software associated instructional design and/or educational technology
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify possible causes and resolve routine problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members and individuals.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated
Supplemental Minimum Qualifications 
  • Considerable working knowledge of Instructional Technology
 Desirable Qualifications
  • Familiarity with Laulima, with particular emphasis on online modules and tools for asynchronous online course delivery
  • Familiarity with Zoom and/or other online synchronous delivery platforms
  • Familiarity with the educational technology environment’s challenges and strengths at UH Manoa
  • Ability to work in teams and be responsive to various stakeholders within the teams
  • Master’s Degree in Learning Design & Technology or related field
 To Apply
 Click on the "Apply" button on the top right corner of the screen in the application website to complete an application and attach required documents.
 Applicants must submit the following:
 (1) Resume 
 (2) Cover letter indicating interest in the position and how the minimum and desirable qualifications are met 
 (3) Names and contact information (including e-mail address) of at least 3 professional references
 (4) Copies of educational transcripts with confidential information redacted (i.e. social security number, date of birth, etc.).  Official transcripts are required upon hire
NOTE: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.
Dr. Rebecca Stotzer,
Director of Distance Education, Department of Social Work, Thompson School
Apply for the IT Specialist Position Here
Office of Public Health
Provided by OPHS
April is Public Health Week
Hui Ola Pono's Calendar of Events
Hui Ola Pono Public Health Fair
Hui Ola Pono RYSE Hygiene & Cosmetic Drive
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 Program Flyer

OPHS Student Wins at State Healthcare Competition

Congratulations to public health major Katrina Mae Tolentino for winning first place in the medical law & ethics category at the 17th annual Hawaiʻi HOSA—Future Health Professionals Virtual State Leadership Conference held February 28–March 4. 

As one of the five Career and Technical Student Organizations in Hawaiʻi (HOSA, DECA, FCCLA, FFA, and SkillsUSA), Hawaiʻi HOSA provides opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students to develop character and apply leadership skills within the context of the healthcare industry. The mission of Hawaiʻi HOSA is to support and encourage students who will serve in the fight against illness and disease by entering the health professions. The highlight of Hawaiʻi HOSA is the State Leadership Conference, where students from local chapters compete in different categories as individuals or in teams. For more information about Hawaiʻi HOSA, click here

Congrats to all who participated, and a mahalo to all who volunteered! 
30 Minute Skill Building Webinar

Grab a cup of coffee and join the Hawaiʻi Health Data Warehouse (HHDW) on Tuesday 4/5 at 11am HST for a quick 30-minute skill building session designed to help you get the most out of our websites. Each month, we focus on a different HHDW website feature or data set.
In April, we are excited to introduce the newly redesigned HHDW website! 
Click here to register for the webinar.

HHDW is a partnership between the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

30 Min Skill Building Webinar Flyer
Hawai‘i Public Health Association Panel Discussion 
OPHS Volunteer Event Earth Day/One Health
Community Service Event
Hui Ola Pono Beach Clean-Up Event
Hui Ola Pono, an OPHS student organization, held a successful beach clean up on Sunday, March 6 at Mālaekahana Beach. Pictured below are some fun memories! (All health and safety measures were in place)
Center on Aging
Kūpuna Collective fosters collaboration, innovation for aging impact
Featuring COA Interim Director Christy Nishita and OPHS student Jinyoung Lee
Holu Kanaka Hawai'i:
Native Hawaiian Daily Pathways to Resilience

Post-doctorate researcher Dr. Jan Hoeltge in University of Hawai'i at Mānoa psychology department is conducting a project at UHM that seeks to collect knowledge about what gives Native Hawaiians strength during challenging times in order to provide decolonized and culturally appropriate resources to support the resilience of Native Hawaiians today and in the future. Native Hawaiian adults of 18 years and older are invited (A) to talk story about their personal experiences of what gave them strength during past stressful experiences and which practices in their everyday life support their resilience to their everyday life challenges, and (B) to take part in a diary study for an in-depth look at the little things in daily life that are essential for Native Hawaiian resilience. Participants will be reimbursed with $30 for sharing their personal story, and with $175 for doing the diary. Interested individuals are invited to contact Dr. Jan Hoeltge via email at or via phone 808 439 4979 until July 15th, 2022.

Hawai'i Public Radio also wrote a story about the study as well. 
Professional Development

Frances A. Matsuda Spring 2022 Distinguished Lecture
Hosted by the UHM Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing

The UHM Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing invites all members of the healthcare community to this free in-person event. The lecture will be followed by discussion and refreshments.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
at the UHM Campus Center Executive Dining Room

"A Public Health View of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: 
Emerging Patterns and Disparities" 

by Joyce K. Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN, Senior Associate Professor with Tenure, Boston College, Connell School of Nursing

Space is limited; RSVPs required by Thursday, April 7, 2022. For more information and to register, click on the links below. 

Register for Emerging Patterns and Disparities
Emerging Patterns and Disparities Flyer
ʻUlu Disaster Response Cultural Training
Presented by The Māpuna Lab
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. 

Read the April Issue Here
Employment Opportunities
Director of Counseling at Chaminade University

The Director of Counseling Services is a visionary, innovative, and collaborative leader and strong clinician to oversee the university’s counseling center. The Director plays a vital role in the assessment of counseling staff clinical competencies, evaluating intake protocol, ensuring appropriate treatment planning and documentation, providing crisis intervention and management, expanding outreach initiatives, and developing a strong referral network. The ideal candidate for this position will provide leadership, vision, financial management, policy formation, assessment and strategic planning to enhance the delivery of comprehensive mental health initiatives and psychological services. Further, the Director will be called upon to regularly inform university leadership on mental health issues that affect Chaminade University of Honolulu students in an environment that embodies Catholic Marianist values, is primarily residential, and encompasses traditional age students. Social workers will be considered. 

For more information, click on the link below. 
Director of Counseling Job Description
Apply for the Director of Counseling
For Students
The Hawai’i Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (HIMCHLEND)

What are LEND Programs?

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide long-term, graduate level interdisciplinary training as well as interdisciplinary services and care. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD).

Under the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, the HIMCHLEND Program has been awarded a 5-year continuation grant for years 2021–2026. The primary focus of this grant period will be on increasing the workforce of future leaders to direct services and influence policies to improve care delivery to Hawai’i’s diverse children and youth with special health care needs and their families.

We are seeking to select 12 Hawai’i-based long-term trainees who desire to increase their leadership capacity to improve the care, support, and services of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities and their family members. The training program will require 300+ hours of training, consisting of didactic and experiential modules. The experiential modules include clinical fieldwork, community outreach, presentations and participatory research.

Program Schedule
HIMCHLEND will follow the Fall and Spring academic schedules at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and adapt a hybrid learning model, with virtual and in-person sessions throughout the academic year. All in-person sessions will follow COVID-19 protocols and recommendations to ensure safety of all trainees and program staff. Program sessions will be held on Fridays from 8:30am to 4:30pm HST and one weekend during each of two semesters. A few activities may also be scheduled on other days. All accepted applicants will be notified of the program schedule upon their acceptance into the program.

Fall 2022 to Spring 2023 Cohort Recruitment
Our program for August 2022 through May 2023, is offered to:

• Graduate Students: Matriculated graduate students in the last phase of their master’s or doctoral program. Also includes post-master’s and post-doctoral fellows.
• Community Professionals: Practicing professionals from the community with graduate degrees or commensurate work or leadership experience.
• Self-Advocates and Family Advocates: Individuals who have lived experience with disabilities, both personally and as family members.

Trainees receive a stipend for their participation in the program.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, please contact us at or (808) 369-1240. To learn more about the program and to apply, click on the links below.
Apply to LEND
LEND Informational Flyer
Summer 2022 Internship Opportunities at the
Fogarty International Center, NIH

The Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) is the research arm of the Fogarty International Center. Located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, DIEPS conducts research in epidemiology, genomics, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Primary concentrations include cross-national studies of transmission dynamics, mortality patterns, immuno-epidemiology, phylodynamics, with special emphasis on SARS-CoV-2, influenza and other respiratory viral diseases and childhood development in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries. Outcomes of DIEPS research and other activities include changes in public health policies and practices to decrease disease burdens.


DIEPS is offering the opportunity for 2 interns to work on projects with relevance to international public health.  Topic areas may include analysis of (i) modeling the transmission dynamics of respiratory disease outbreaks, including COVID-19, or (ii) the evolutionary and transmission dynamics of SARS-COV-2, influenza, and other respiratory viruses, (iii) community-based epidemiology of respiratory viruses in children under 5 years.

Interns will work directly with NIH researchers who will mentor them through their project.

Candidates should have a background in one or more of the following: mathematics, genomics, epidemiology and/or computational sciences with an interest in quantitative science and the application of mathematical methods to public health.

 These internships last for 8 weeks and are full time (40 hr/wk).  Interns will be paid $20/hour. Dates are flexible between June and August 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, internships for 2022 will be virtual. 

To apply please send the following to

1.      Your resume listing educational background and job experience

2.      A cover letter addressing these questions:

a.      What is your background in quantitative sciences, both academically and any experience as an intern?

b.      What are your current career goals?

c.      Why are you interested in an internship at the Division of International Epidemiology and Populations Studies at the Fogarty International Center?

d.      How did you hear about this position? 

Applications Accepted until April 15th, 2022.  Interviews will be set up with qualified applicants and notifications will be given by May 15th, 2022.

Thompson School Connections

Tag us in your social media with the hashtags:

 #ThompsonConnections #uhmthompsonschool

Interested in Thompson School Zoom backgrounds? Click here. Remember to use your address to access the backgrounds.

Contact Us!
Want to share an opportunity, event, or idea? Email or call Theresa Kreif at 808-956-6120
Newsletter Archive
Check out the previous Connections and Opportunities newsletters here
Connect with the Thompson School
Website Website
Email Email
Instagram Instagram
Connect with the Department of Social Work
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
LinkedIn LinkedIn
Connect with the Office of Public Health Studies
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Instagram Instagram
Twitter Twitter
Connect with the Center on Aging
Website Website
Copyright © Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, all rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gartley Hall
2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health · University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Gartley Hall · 2430 Campus Road · Honolulu, HI 96822 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp