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February 1, 2022
A Message from the Dean

Aloha Thompson School, 

As many join us on campus, some visiting Gartley and Biomed for the first time, while others remain online across our programs and classes, these next few weeks will likely be a time of many challenges, delights, and surprises.

As one of our Thompson School ‘ohana shared this morning, through these transitions, we must continue to take care of each other. Also, please make sure to take care of yourself. Below is a picture from the weekend of a place that is special and relaxing to me. Do you have a place where you go to find restoration and joy? If so, consider imagining yourself there if times get hard in these next few weeks! And feel free to share pictures with us at

With much aloha, 

Thompson School Updates

Online master’s degree in public health caters to ‘growing’ pandemic demands

Application deadline extended for new online master’s degree in public health

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of public health in Hawaiʻi, creating an uptick in demand from professionals of diverse backgrounds to change or upgrade their careers, and community leaders looking to fill critical positions. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has responded to that need with its new online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a specialization in health policy and management. Health policy and management is a diverse specialization that will prepare graduates for careers across the health services continuum––from policy development, program planning, implementation and management, program and policy evaluation, and health systems leadership to achieve intended health outcomes and address health challenges in the state of Hawaiʻi, the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

The application deadline has been extended with a priority deadline of March 1, for candidates interested in enrolling in the program’s inaugural fall 2022 semester. Apply here

Related UH News story: New online master’s degree in public health for busy professionals, November 15, 2021

“There has been a growing demand in the community for public health jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tetine Sentell, interim dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. “From professionals already in the health sector looking to improve their skills and credentials, to those wanting to pivot to a new job and serve their communities, to those who have always wanted to attain a master’s degree but had no time due to other priorities, this degree was created for you.” 

Online degree provides option for busy professionals

Geared for busy professionals, the degree offered through the Office of Public Health Studies via the Outreach College is a new pathway to an MPH, and can be completed in as little as 21 months. Asynchronous classes offered online allow for flexible, year-round learning, and enables students to pursue a master’s degree at their own pace. Breaks are also built into the program calendar so students can take time needed away from coursework. 

“Twenty years ago, I was both a full-time student in public health at UH Mānoa and a physician in Kalihi. The mixture of work and study was so rewarding, and I would highly recommend it!" said MPH alumnus David Derauf, who serves as executive director of Kōkua Kalihi Valley and is a member of the Thompson School dean's advisory council. “The option to attend online with asynchronous classes makes doing so much more in reach of those who already have a career.”

Flexibility for students near and far

Associate Professor Elizabeth McFarlane, online MPH program director, said the new degree also benefits many prospective students to attend classes at UH Mānoa.

“Because it’s offered online, those on the neighbor islands, the U.S. mainland, and Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands can earn their degree from UH Mānoa, in most part, from the comfort of their own homes.”

Mele, Social Justice, and Health with
Dean Jonathan K. Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio

Sponsored by The Hawaii Pacific Foundation

Wednesday, February 9, 2022  from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Welina mai me ke aloha!

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health along with the Hawaiʻi Pacific Foundation presents our first session of the Spring 2022 Ke Aʻo Mau, Learning Preserved, community lecture series. The series is focused on Native Hawaiian knowledge, practice, and principles related to social justice and health. 

Dr. Osorio is a professor and Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. He received his PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. At Kamakūokalani Center for Hawaiian studies, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical texts, and research methodologies for and from indigenous peoples. He is also a composer and singer and has been a Hawaiian music recording artist since 1975.

Interested in attending via Zoom? Click the link below to register!


Scan the QR code above to register! The link for online attendance will be shared upon registration completion.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations contact S. Kukunaokalā Yoshimoto at by Feb 3, 2022.

Register Here for Mele, Social Justice, and Health

Ke Aʻo Mau Presents Learning Preserved 
Sponsored by The Hawaii Pacific Foundation

 Join the Thompson School for two more sessions about Native Hawaiian knowledge, practice, and principles related to social justice and health:

 Dr. Kealoha Fox, Senior Manager, Social Health Integration, AlohaCare

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Register Here


Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu "Punihei" Lipe, PhD, Native Hawaiian Affairs Program Officer, UHM Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office Director, UHM Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center Interim Director, and Institute for Hawaiian Language Research and Translation

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Register Here 

*Social Work continuing education credits are available for both sessions

All sessions will be held only online via Zoom. The link for online attendance will be shared upon completion of registration. For more information, please click on the flyer below. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations contact S. Kukunaokalā Yoshimoto at

Ke Aʻo Mau Lecture Series Flyer
Department of Social Work
Provided by DSW
Prevention, Recovery, & Treatment Month
Prevention, Recovery, & Treatment Month Flyer

Join an Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

with Lee Ongais from Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center

As part of Prevention, Recovery, and Treatment month, the Department of Social Work has organized a series of Zoom trainings to educate and build skills in helping community members who struggle with substance use issues. Narcan is a medicine that can be used to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. We hope you will join us for a training in how to use Narcan so that we are all prepared to save a life should the need ever arise. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, and feel free to share with your networks.

Two Zoom webinar training dates available!

Tuesday, February 1 from 6 – 8 PM
Friday, February 11 from 12 – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend these live events, please access the online asynchronous training available at HHHRC’s website. After attending the training, participants can pick up their Nalaxone from Gartley Hall on the following days:

February 4, 9 – 11 am
February 10, 9 – 11 am
February 23, 9 – 11 am

If you think you are in need of accommodation for a disability, please contact or (808) 956-9885 one week prior to the start of the event.
Register for the Opioid Overdose Training
Opioid Overdose Training Flyer
Additional Didactic Opportunities 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and How it Affects Individuals, Families, and Communities with the Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Action Group
 February 7, 12-2pm

Harm Reduction as a CSAC with Natalia Werkoff, LCSW, CSAC
 February 18, 11am-12pm

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Those Living with Ruminative Conditions like SUDs and Anxiety with Michael DeMattos
February 25, 12-2pm

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment with Haylin Dennison, LCSW
 February 28, 12-2pm

Interested in becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor?
Join our information session with Dr. Clifford Bersamira and Angela Bolan
February 16, 10-11am

If you think you are in need of accommodation for a disability for any of these events, please contact or (808) 956-9885 one week prior to the start of the event.
Register for Additional Didactic Opportunities and the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Info Session
Social Work Faculty Presented at the
SSWR 26th Annual Conference 2022

Congratulations to the DSW faculty who presented at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference on January 12-16! Click on the link below to learn more about their presentations. 
Cliff Bersamira, PhD
Seunghye Hong, PhD
Francie Julien-Chinn, PhD
SSWR 26th Annual Conference Flyer

In case you missed it, Activities and Cognitive Health Among Native Hawaiian Older Adults is available to watch at the link below. 

The webinar includes:
 MSW Candidates: Kristin Peterson, Nicole Endo, Chelsie Arume, Kirsten Freeman, Brian O’Hare, Ph.D., and Yeonjung Jane Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health.

The webinar objectives are to: 
- Define productive aging
- Understand the association between various activities and cognitive health
- Understand the historical/cultural context of productive and leisure activities among Native Hawaiian older adults
- Identify culturally appropriate social work interventions
Watch the Webinar Here
OPHS RCUH Research Staff

Katherine Benson 20 years of service
Kimberly Swartz 15 years of service
Jill Yamashita 15 years of service
Forecasted Funding Opportunity in Maternal Health

A Funding Opportunity has been announced for those interested in Advancing Integrated Models (AIM) of Care to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes among Women Who Experience Persistent Disparities (R21 Clinical Trial Optional). For more details, click on the link below. 
Funding Opportunity Information
Employment Opportunities
Student Support Specialist (‘IKE AO PONO)

The UHM Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON) is looking for a full-time student support specialist. Applications close on Monday, Feb 7, 2022For further information about the position and to apply, click on the link below. 
Apply for the Student Support Specialist Position Here
Professional Development

ʻUlu Disaster Response Cultural Training
Presented by The Māpuna Lab

Join Tammy Martin, PhD, and The Māpuna Lab for a web-series about Disaster Response. Part 1: Disaster Prepardenss will be on Thursday, Feb 10, from 10 am to 12 pm HST. Some highlights of the presentation include: 

  • Orientation for the complete six-part cultural training
  • Safe space with community navigators
  • Decolonial and historical perspectives on Disaster Response
  • Learn a Hawaiian Chant to address disaster
  • Learn about Post-Traumatic Intergenerational Healing
  • Earn 2 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
An informational flyer and the link to register are located below. 
Register for ʻUlu Disaster Response
ʻUlu Disaster Response Flyer
Is It Legal? Copyright & Fair Use with Library
and Instructional Materials

Join librarians from Hamilton and Richardson Law Library in a 4-part series designed to address copyright and fair use for librarians and faculty in instruction. Sessions will be held on Fridays in February from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, either on Zoom or in person at Hamilton Library Room 306

Session 1—Introduction: Copyright for the Instructor, Librarian, and Author
Friday, Feb 4 

Session 2—Copyright Exceptions: Fair Use and the Classroom
Friday, Feb 11

Session 3—Fair Use: Maps & Geospatial Materials and Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) of Whole Books Still under Copyright
Friday, Feb 18

Session 4—Fair Use: AV Media, Music, Videos, Streaming Content, Recorded Live Performances, and Works of Visual Art
Friday, Feb 25

To learn more and/or register for one or more sessions, click on the link below. 
Hamilton and Richardson Law Library 4-Part Series
Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium 2022
Hosted by JABSOM
Registration is now open for the Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium 2022! It will be held on April 7 (virtually for medical students, residents and fellows, in-person for graduate students, postdocs and research personnel) and on April 8 (in-person for undergraduate INBRE students).

For more information about the conference or to register, see the website: Abstract deadline is February 20th. Email with questions, or see the flyer below for more information. 
Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium Flyer
Family First
A Project by Iowa’s Department of Public Health, Department of Human Services
and Brain Injury Alliance

The Hawai’i Department of Health Neurotrauma Program invites you to learn about 3 Iowa organizations collaborating to address “Family Preservation through Policy, Training and Identification" via a virtual presentation on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, 1:30pm HST

 • Research on intersection of brain injury and child welfare
• Implementation and impact of Family First Act
• Implementation of pilot Resource Facilitation within child welfare services
• Framework for embedding Resource Facilitation in child welfare programs

Please email if you would like the Zoom link to attend. For more information about the presentation, please see the flyer below. 
Family Preservation Through Policy, Training, and Identification Flyer

Reinventing Global Health in Africa and the Developing World

Hosted by The Brookings Institution and 
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 

On, Thursday, February 3rd, 9:30am - 10:45am EST the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative will host former World Bank Director of Health, Population and Nutrition, Dr. Olusoji Adeyi, CUGH's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin and other global health leaders to discuss strategies for self-sufficiency, reforming development assistance and ending neo-dependency on aid. Click on the link below to register. 
Register for Reinventing Global Health

2022 Untold Stories of Global Health Competition

Do you know an important global health story that’s been overlooked by the media and deserves special notice? 

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are pleased to announce the Untold Global Health Stories of 2022 Contest. The contest is designed to give a platform to important but under-reported global health stories. 

This competition is designed to shine a light on important but underreported global health issues. The best nominations focus on a specific issue in a specific location or region that has a powerful impact, good or bad, on people’s wellbeing. Topics can cover issues ranging from infectious to chronic diseases; mental health to public health; human rights to climate change, complex emergencies and beyond. Please use short, powerful, prose in your submission and include available data and evidence as well as contact information.

Nominations Deadline – February 15, 2022

Judging Complete and winners notified – March 1, 2022

For more information about the competition and/or to submit your story,
click on the link below.

Submit for the 2022 Untold Stories of Global Health Competition
Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: The 18th East Asian Social Policy Research Network Conference
Co-organized by Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs and 
BK21 FOUR Project for Advancing Human Competence and Government Capacity,
Department of Public Administration, Yonsei University

The East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Research Network is looking for abstracts and panel proposals for their annual conference. The conference aims to evaluate the social policy efforts of East Asian countries during COVID-19 and discuss how to restructure the welfare state

Those wishing to present a paper should submit an abstract of between 200 and 300 words. Information enclosed with any abstract should include: stream number, title of paper; author name(s); affiliation(s); and email address of one corresponding author

Those wishing to organise a panel should submit a panel proposal. Information enclosed with any panel proposal should include: title of panel; objective of panel (between 200 and 300 words); names and affiliations of all panel organiser(s) and participating members; along with abstracts of three or four papers (between 200 and 300 words each); an e-mail address of one corresponding panel organiser.  

Submissions for the 18th annual EASP conference should be sent to The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is FridayMarch 11, 2022. The online conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25.

For more information about the conference, visit the link below. 

The 18th East Asian Social Policy Research Network Conference
CUGH 2022 Global Health Conference 

Join the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) for their online 13th Annual Global Health Conference on March 28-April 1. Free online satellite sessions will be held on March 21-25. Click below for more details about the conference and satellite sessions. 
CUGH 2022 Global Health Conference Flyer
Interested in More Events from the 
 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)?

Visit the CUGH's current newsletter here, or check out their previous newsletters to learn more about past events.
For Students

Graduate Assistant K-01 Project

The Department of Native Hawaiian Health is searching for a graduate assistant. Applications are accepted until the position is filled, with reviews beginning on 1/28/2022. To learn more about the position and to apply, visit the link below. 
Apply for the Graduate Assistant K-01 Project Position
SECE Program Assistant for Windward Community College
The E ʻOi Mau Work-Based Learning program at Windward Community College is looking to hire a Program Assistant who can serve as a model to students and is reliable, efficient, and personable. Students across the UH-system are eligible to apply, but must be able and willing to work on-campus at Windward CC. Telework options may be established pending completion of training and supervisor approval. To learn more about the position and to apply, visit the link below.
Apply for the SECE Program Assistant
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