241061 A vision for public health through a Native Hawaiian perspective

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sharde Mersberg , Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH , Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center, Papa Ola Lokahi, Honolulu, HI
JoAnn Tsark, MPH , Papa Ola Lokahi, Honolulu, HI
Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, PhD , John A Burns School of Medicine, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Background: In order to effectively improve health among Native Hawaiians, there is a need for a comprehensive and coordinated plan for the provision of services. Key informant interviews and public program information from Native Hawaiian organizations and agencies were assessed to identify commonalities and areas for collaboration. Methods: Qualitative data was analyzed using gold standard analysis techniques. Interview questions were pre-developed with research team. Questions were open‐ended, logically progressing from topic to topic. Themes were identified and analyzed using NVIVO software. Key themes identified were the components included in a public health framework for Native Hawaiian health and well-being. Results: Ten key informant interviews were conducted and included in the analyses. Key informants were representatives of leading Native Hawaiian service organizations. In addition to interview transcripts, content analyses were performed on mission statements, websites, strategic planning documents and other information material available on the organizations. Conclusion: There is a great need for coordinated, holistic and comprehensive services for Native Hawaiian people. Many organizations provide those much needed services, however very few organizations have coordinated strategic plans that comprehensibly take into consideration the mission and services of other Native Hawaiian serving entities. Findings from this study report that a coordinated inter-agency strategic planning convening could reduce overlapping services and improve coordination of services for Native Hawaiians.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1) Assess the various programs, services, research initiatives, goals, missions, and strategic plans across a comprehensive list of Native Hawaiian organizations and agencies. 2) Identify areas of opportunity for a unified vision in public health for Native Hawaiians defined by Native Hawaiians. 3) Develop and describe a public health framework through a Native Hawaiian perspective to aid in defining and articulating a common goal and research initiative for Native Hawaiian agencies and organizations.

Keywords: Hawaiian Natives, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I conducted my research and an MPH candidate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Office of Public Health Studies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.