The following are some of the current projects taking place in Hawai‘i or involving Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island children and families. Some are research projects while others are service projects and programs that we can all learn from. We know there are other programs out there that we might not be aware of. If you have a project or an on-going program related childhood obesity in Hawai‘i or the wellness of our keiki, please let us know.
Deadline: September 15, 2010
The Hawai‘i Medical Journal and HICORE are interested in manuscripts that highlight the unique needs and/or approaches among ethnic/racial populations such as Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, Asians and new immigrant communities in Hawai‘i.
Ho‘ala - fighting obesity in Hawai‘i County
New Project Involves 12 Big Island Schools
Hawai‘i is one of only eight locations in the U.S. to receive the “rapid response funding award” to launch a partnership between schools, the community and government to fight obesity in Hawai‘i County. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research Program has provided nearly $150,00 to the Office of Public Health Studies to launch “HO‘ALA”. The word ho‘ala means “to waken”, but it also stands for Hawai‘i’s Opportunity for Active Living Advancement.
Coordinators are Dr. Katie Heinrich and Laura Dierenfield of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai‘i. They are working with 12 public and private schools in Hawai‘i County to improve access to more active ways for children to get to and from class. “We want to make it easy, fun and safe to get daily exercise by walking or bicycling to school,” said Dierenfield. Added Heinrich, “We hope to impact childhood obesity and help reduce the nearly $300 million spent annually in Hawai‘i to treat obesity-related diseases.”
Helping communities in need is also a goal. Participating schools have at least 35% of their students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch.
For more information, visit www.pathhawaii.org.
The Hawaiʻi Health Data Warehouse new companion data website.A one-stop resource for information about community health in Hawaiʻi, and healthy communities in general.
Pacific Diabetes Education Program
PDEP is a five-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the availability and dissemination of culturally and linguistically appropriate diabetes education materials. PDEP is a program of Papa Ola Lokahi, a community organization that focuses on Native Hawaiian health.
Principal Investigator: Rachel Novotny
Pacific Kids DASH for Health (PacDASH) is a community-based intervention that links food, PA, and health, and targets overweight children in Hawai‘i with a goal of preventing further weight gain. Components of the intervention include a food and PA prescription delivered by physicians at community-based health centers complemented with a toolbox of activities, behaviorally tailored messages, and PacDASH educational materials.
Principal Investigator: May Okihiro, UH JABSOM Department of Native Hawaiian Health and the Department of Pediatrics
This study will characterize the development of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in a Native Hawaiian and Samoan children by determining the prevalence of MetS in a population of children at high risk for obesity, examining laboratory and physical markers associated with MetS and examine the association of factors in pregnancy and early childhood and the development of MetS.
Principal Investigator: Rachel Novotny
The objectives of the study are: 1) To design & test a dietary assessment instrument to be used to target & evaluate diets & nutrition related intervention programs for children in the Pacific (PacTrac) 2) To develop & test healthy foods intervention program centered on food stores & local food systems to improve production, preparation, sales & consumption of healthy foods by Pacific Island children and their families (Healthy Foods Hawai‘i)
Principal Investigators: Janis Paterson and Teuila Percival
The Pacific Islands Families Study is a long-running, cohort study of 1398 children (and their parents) of Pacific Islands origin born in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000.
The three overall objectives of the PIF Study are: 1) To provide information on Pacific peoples' health, and the cultural, economic, environmental and psychosocial factors that are associated with child health and development outcomes and family functioning, 2) To determine how such factors individually and interactively influence positive and negative child, parent and family outcomes over time 3) To provide information that will help set quantifiable targets for Pacific peoples' health.
Principal Investigators: Keawe Kaholokula, UH JABSOM Department of Native Hawaiian Health
The PILI ‘Ohana program represents a partnership between 10 community-based organizations throughout the State of Hawai‘i and a team of academic researchers from the Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School Of Medicine. The aim of PILI ‘Ohana is to integrate community wisdom and expertise with scientific methods to conduct research on health disparities, with a specific emphasis on obesity, in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Peoples (including Filipinos, Chuukese, and other Pacific Islanders).
Fun 5: A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, Dissemination in Elementary Afterschool Plus (A+) Programs
Principal Investigator: Claudio Nigg
Fun 5, a physical activity and nutrition program for kids, is designed for elementary school kids at all skill levels and is easily incorporated into the Afterschool Plus (A+) program or in elementary school classes.
Fun 5: Encourages kids to exercise five days a week and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, is designed to be fun to help kids form positive ideas about healthy lifestyle habits and is noncompetitive so that all participants can enjoy their success.
The Hui Mälama O Ke Kai program is a truly unique after-school youth development program serving primarily Native Hawaiian 5th and 6th graders attending Blanche Pope and Waimänalo Elementary schools. In addition, approximately twenty dedicated program alumni in grades 7-9 continue involvement through the newly piloted ‘Opio Leadership Program.
Programming takes place five days a week at no cost to participating families. The uniqueness of the program stems from its foundation in Native Hawaiian culture and values, the fact that it is based around an ocean and environmental theme, as well as its deep connection to the community of Waimanalo.