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December 1, 2021
A Message from the Dean
Aloha e Thompson School,
We are heading into the excitement and demands, the stresses and the joys of the holiday season. You have done such amazing things in this past year and across this semester.
It has been such an ongoing pleasure to see your wonderful accomplishment and to hear the positive feedback and ripple effects of your hard work towards building health and wellbeing and strengthening our communities.
I wish you strong support, time to relax and rejuvenate, and many delights across the holiday season. Here are some zoom backgrounds kindly created by Carl Fujikawa on behalf of our school as a tiny celebration.
With much aloha from my ‘ohana to you and yours. Best, Tetine
Building Connections: Academic Journeys 
Jessa Tadeo, BSW Student: Growing up, I've always known that I wanted my career to deal with helping others. I grew up around a broken but put together family and I've experienced things that I wish I gotten help for, which is why I always knew that I wanted to be the person that kids like me could go to. I just didn't find the right career path that fit for me. Then someone who was special in my life told me about social work while I was talking to them about my future goals back in high school. I looked more into the career and it had everything that I was looking for. I love how social work is very diverse and can go many lengths in terms of where you help, who you help, etc. This picture is of me and my older sister, who moved to the mainland when I started high school. She came down to visit after 3-4 years of being gone, and this was one of the many pictures we took together. My older sister inspires me to keep going and to stay strong despite what life throws at me.
Thompson School in the News
Congratulations to the
Thompson School Winter Grads!

We are very proud of you! For more information about Commencement, click here. 
Aloha United Way Success!

Mahalo to everyone who contributed to this year's 2021 Aloha United Way campaign! Although the University of Hawaii AUW 2021 campaign officially ended, you can still donate here.
Thompson School Upcoming Events
In case you missed it, the Nov 5 Connections: How to Communicate with Youth and Build Trust webinar is available at the link below. The webinar features Kim Birnie (from Papa Ola Lokahi), Momi Tolentino (from Papa Ola Lokahi), and CJ Johnson (from DOH). Presentation objectives include: 
  • Understand innovative community-led and community-engaged outreach strategies to discuss vaccinations and other topics relevant to public health and wellbeing.
  • Consider and compare strategies to reach and engage Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth in social media platforms with linguistically and culturally grounded content.
  • Learn the importance of trust to these communications across outreach strategies.
Watch Webinar Here
It's Not Too Late for Giving Tuesday! 
Did you miss Giving Tuesday? You can still give to the UH Foundation and the Thompson School even afterwards, with four ways to donate:

Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health Dean's Discretionary Account 

Fund #129-8510-4

Social Work Student Aid Fund

Fund #120-1576-4

Public Health General Scholarship Fund

Fund #121-8340-4

Center on Aging General Account

Fund #121-4330-4

Learn more about the UH Foundation at

Department of Social Work
Provided by DSW
Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Yeonjung Jane Lee, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. from Boston University School of Social Work and her MSW equivalent from Seoul National University, South Korea. She completed her BA (Social Welfare) from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on gerontology & productive aging, social justice, health equity and disparities among vulnerable populations, and quantitative research. She has been working as gerontological specialization chair and leading the Department of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa towards providing education, conducting research, and facilitating practice for the aging population in Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Also, she is currently working as a Co-Principal Investigator of the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)-Care Coordination and Capacity Building (C3) project.

Further, she has been working as a Sponsored Social Work Faculty for the Pacific Islands Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (PI-GWEP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). One of her very recent research publications shows that neighborhood social cohesion is positively associated with the well-being of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander older adults. “We need to continue to empower vulnerable people and work towards achieving social justice.”
Also see: Neighborhood ties improve well-being of older adults, a new publication by Dr. Lee, collaborating with doctoral students.  
Adjunct faculty Alan Gamble and Luisa Wyant, and their course SW 637 Death and Dying, were featured in an article from The Hawaii Business Magazine. 
Alan Gamble shares the following, for context: "My wife and I were friends with the woman and her husband mentioned at the beginning of the article and we were just being present with her as she shared her life story with us and her unmet desires from her youth and early adulthood as her married life in Hawaii was lived. It is an important example of healing happening at the end of life. It was certainly more of a precious and vulnerable time for the woman mentioned, and for all of us, as she was dying, than portrayed in the article and she certainly did not "often vent" to my wife and I. An atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and listening with care was more the case as she shared her regrets and disappointments with her life as she thought/hoped it should have progressed but didn't, as she surrendered to the cultural expectations she carried and yet resented. I am glad she was willing to have the courage to share this with her husband and allow for forgiveness and healing for both of them."
Office of Public Health Studies
Provided by OPHS
OPHS Undergraduate Summit

Please join us for our Fall 2021 Public Health Undergraduate Summit next Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 2nd from 4pm-5pm on Zoom! This semester, 15 of the BA Public Health students will be presenting posters of their Applied Learning Experience literature reviews (Wednesday) and 37 of the graduating Public Health undergraduates will present posters based on their completed projects (Thursday). There will be two Zoom rooms simultaneously on Wednesday, and four concurrent sessions on Thursday. Please check the schedule below. 

OPHS Undergraduate Summit Schedule
Fall 2021 OPHS Graduation
Come celebrate with the OPHS graduates on Saturday, December 18th from 10-11:30 AM on Facebook Live! Click here to watch the ceremony. 
Hawaii Health Data Warehouse Receives Honorable Mention
The Hawaii Health Data Warehouse (HHDW) received honorable mention in the annual RCUH employee awards. Great job, HHDW!
30-Minute Skill-Building Webinar
Grab a cup of coffee and join the Hawaiʻi Health Data Warehouse (HHDW) on Tuesday 12/7 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 December, we will be debuting the new population-based death rate data. Come and learn how to quickly build your own death rate reports in HHDW. Click below to register for the webinar along with an informational flyer. HHDW is a partnership between the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the Office of Public Health Studies at UH Mānoa.
Register for the Skill-Building Webinar Here
Planned Parenthood Generation Action is launching its Condom Access Campaign! Free condoms will be available at the Student Residence Halls in any of the clear dispensers at the first floor public bathrooms. The reality is access to condoms makes a difference. Everyone should have the information and tools they need to practice safer sex, have healthy relationships, and
plan their futures. So we are bringing #condomstocolleges.
Samuel CH Kuo, Thompson School Administrative Officer
 20 years of service
Jane Jaeeun Chung-Do, OPHS Associate Professor
10 years of service
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is hiring 16 Postdoctoral Research Fellows through a cluster-hire to work on various research projects with a focus on advancing health through agriculture. The positions are associated with The Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture (IHA,, a new organizational unit within Texas A&M AgriLife Research established to advance research that connects production agriculture with human, environmental and economic health outcomes. The postdoctoral fellows will be located at various campuses. Specific research topics, locations, and application are listed at the link below. Review of applications will begin on December 1st and continues until the positions are filled.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Application
PIKO: Center for Pacific Innovation,
Knowledge, and Opportunities

Need pilot research funds? Need help submitting to NIH or another federal funder? Consider applying to PIKO, the Center for Pacific Innovations, Knowledge, and Opportunities. This JABSOM-based program will run 2021-2026, with pilot funding and advanced grant writing courses every year. The program also has resources for faculty wanting help with professional development, community-engaged research, clinical research support, IRB support, biostatistics, mixed methods, research design, economic analysis, and more. For more details, click below.

PIKO Program Details Here
LEADS: Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success
LEADS is a two year long fellowship in translational research for early career faculty and postdocs at Minority Serving Institutions.

LEADS scholars will receive: 
  • Training in grant writing, team science, and more
  • Support on their own work products, including grants and manuscripts
  • A certificate in translational research 
Links to the application and an informational meeting via Zoom on January 12, 2 pm EST are below. Applications are due February 1st, 2022.
Join the Informational Meeting Here
Apply for LEADS Here
LEADS Informational Flyer
Professional Development
E Ola a Kau a Kanikoʻo: Elderhood in Our Own Terms 
Hosted by Papa Ola Lokahi

E Ola a Kau a Kanikoʻo is a glossary that was originally created as an aid to researching the repository of nūpepa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi for knowledge pertaining to ancestral practices around eldercare and ancestral perspectives on elderhood and aging. Register to learn more from Shelley Muneoka and Kepoʻo Keli'ipa'akaua at the link below. The event will be on Dec 13 at 11 AM.
Register for Papa Ola Lokahi and Hā Kūpuna E Ola a Kau a Kanikoʻo
Hawaii Journal of Health & Social Welfare Editing Positions

Are you looking to improve your technical writing? Learn how to edit papers and gain more experience in the paper publishing process by becoming part of the Hawaiʻi Journal of Health & Social Welfare team! The HJH&SW is looking for motivated professionals in any health-related field to join our editorial team. We are recruiting associate editors, assistant editors, and copy editors in a one year unpaid appointment.

You could learn from experts across different professions, proofread articles from across the Pacific Region, participate in a writing contest, build your resume, and more! Interested parties should submit a resume and a brief cover letter to If you believe this fits you then click here for more details and to review the job descriptions.
Papa Ola Lokahi Professional Programs
Papa Ola Lokahi is offering a series of virtual informational sessions for their two professional programs: the ʻImi ʻike Kākoʻo Ulu ʻOihana and the ʻImi ʻike Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship. For more information about Papa Ola Lokahi and their work, visit

The Papa Ola Lokahi ʻImi ʻike Kākoʻo Ulu ʻOihana Program: provides one time support for members of the health care workforce that are committed to serving Native Hawaiian communities.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
6-7 pm
Wednesday Dec 15, 2021
6-7 pm
Wednesday January 5, 2022
6-7 pm
Register Here for Papa Ola Lokahi ʻImi ʻike Kākoʻo Ulu ʻOihana

The Papa Ola Lokahi ʻImi ʻike Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship: a merit-based program that awards generous scholarships to eligible individuals that appear to be dedicated to providing primary health services to Native Hawaiians and their families in Hawai‘i. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
6-7 pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
6-7 pm
Saturday, March 5, 2022
9-11 am

Register Here for Papa Ola Lokahi ʻImi ʻike Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
Obama Foundation Application for
2022 Leaders Asia-Pacific Program

The 2022 Leaders Asia-Pacific program is a six-month virtual leadership development program that aims to bring together emerging leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region. Ethical, collaborative, innovative, and courageous leaders aged 24-40 from the Pacific-Asia region are welcome to apply. Application details along with further information about the program are below. The application deadline is Thursday, December 2nd, 2021.
Apply for the Asia-Pacific Program
More Info about the Asia-Pacific Program
Protecting Health Workers in Conflict Zones
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) will be hosting a webinar about violence against healthcare worker and healthcare facilities on December 2nd from 1-2 EDT. Register by clicking on the link below. For similar events and other resources from the CUGH, please visit UH Mānoa is a member of the CUGH. 
Register for the CUGH Webinar Here
13th Annual Global Health Conference 
Save the date! The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is having their 13th annual conference virtually on March 28-April 1, 2022 with virtual satellite sessions from March 21-25. Register early for a discounted rate. If you would like to submit for a satellite session, the deadline is December 15, 2021. The registration link and an informational flyer are below. 
Register for the Conference
Conference Informational Flyer
For Students
Graduate Research Assistant with the
Department of Native Hawaiian Health

The Department of Native Hawaiian Health at UH JABSOM is looking for a graduate assistant to work with Dr. Kaholokula and the Ike Kupuna Project. Application details are below.
Apply for the Graduate Research Assistant Here
American Public Health Association and Kaiser Permanente
Scholarship and Fellowship Program

Kaiser Permanente and APHA are sponsoring a two-year scholarship to at least one of our incoming graduate students. UH Mānoa has also been selected to take part in a one-year fellowship program for recent graduates. They piloted the fellowship with several schools last year and have now expanded the program to include UH Mānoa. 
More Information about the Program
Western Governors' Leadership Institute

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural leadership forum of the Western Governors’ Leadership Institute.  One young adult (and one alternate) from each western state and territory will be chosen to attend an all-expense-paid leadership forum and the Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting.  Applicants must be between 21-25 years old on July 24, 2022 and must be a permanent resident of a western state, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The forum and meeting will be held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 24-28, 2022.  For more information, please visit our website or email Anna Thielen at  To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Olsen at The application and an informational flyer are attached

Leadership Application
Informational Flyer
Student Group Fundraisers
Hui Ola Pono Pomai Kulolo Fundraiser 
Preorder Here  
Proceeds will go to club activities and a portion will be donated to Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, a local community organization working towards Native Hawaiian health. If anyone has any questions about the fundraiser, contact

Kahala Mall's Very Merry Event

A Fundraiser for Graduate Hui Ola Pono

The Public Health Graduate Hui Ola Pono is selling tickets for the Kahala Mall Very Merry Event held between December 10th - 12th. Details are shown on the flyer above. The last day to buy a ticket will be December 5th, and can be purchased at the link below. 
Buy Very Merry Event Tickets Here
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