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Who are we?

We are a group of community scientists at the University of Hawaii led by Dr. Ruben Juarez (UHERO/Economics), Dr. Alika Maunakea (John A. Burns School of Medicine), and other researchers at the College of Social Sciences & UHERO, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, and UH Cancer Center.

Our mission is to enable prevention using community-based multidisciplinary research by establishing a resilient health model, integrating biomarker and socioeconomic data to forecast individual-level risks and inform preventative strategies. Our team has led over a dozen community-based research cohorts to enable prevention in tens of thousands of Hawaii residents, including the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19, the Hawaii Social Epigenomics of Early Diabetes Cohort, and the UHERO Rapid Health Study.

This project is sponsored by the Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund. We are looking for more partners.

Leadership Team

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HMSA Endowed Professor

Economics and UHERO

University of Hawaii

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Professor
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii

Co-Investigators

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Dr. Carl Bonham

Executive Director, UHERO

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Dr. John P. Barile

Professor and Director, Social Sciences Research Institute

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Dr. Lynne Wilkens

Professor, UH Cancer Center

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Dr. Lani Park

Associate Researcher, UH Cancer Center

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Dr. Daniela Bond-Smith

Data Scientist, UHERO

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Dr. Kevin Cassel

Associate Researcher, UH Cancer Center

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Nikima Glatt, APRN-RX

Medical Director,

Maui Medic Healers Hui 

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Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen

Chair, Hawaii Hispanic/ Latino Health Community Advisory Board

Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Staff

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Jonas Yee

Project Manager

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Dr. Rafael David-Peres

Laboratory Manager

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Dr. Krit Phankitnurondorn

Data Manager

Working Together

Sponsors and Partners

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Hawaii Community Foundation
Maui Strong Fund

John A Burns
School of Medicine

University of Hawai'i
Economics Research Organization

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University of Hawai'i
College of Social Sciences

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University of Hawaii
Foundation

University of Hawai'i
Cancer Center

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Hawai'i Integrated Analytics

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Roots Reborn Lahina

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Maui Medic Healers Hui

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Papa Ola Lokahi

Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce Hawaii

Hui No Ke Ola Pono

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Hawaii Community
Health and Safety Alliance

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