Professor Dana L. Alden completed his Ph.D. in international business with an emphasis on cultural consumer psychology in 1990 at the University of Texas Austin. Prior to his PhD studies, Professor Alden worked as a manager in the Charitable Trust Department of Hawaiian Trust and served as the first Executive Director of the Straub Foundation. Since joining the University of Hawai‘i, Professor Alden has focused on cross-cultural marketing communications and health care. His current research examines issues related to patient-physician decision making, patient decision aids and culture. Professor Alden’s studies appear in leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of International Marketing, Health Communication and Social Science & Medicine. He also regularly consults on health communication and service delivery strategies in East and Southeast Asia. For example, Professor Alden served as chief international consultant on a successful, multi-year reproductive health clinic franchising project for Marie Sports International and The Atlantic Philanthropies in Vietnam.
Dr. Betancourt is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and directs the Disparities Solutions Center, which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is also Director of Multicultural Education for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an expert in cross-cultural care and communication. Dr. Betancourt is also a co-founder of Quality Interactions, Inc., an industry-leading company that has created and deployed a portfolio of e-learning programs in the area of cross-cultural care and communications to over 125,000 health care professionals across the country. Dr. Betancourt served on several Institute of Medicine Committees, including those that produced Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care and Guidance for a National Health Care Disparities Report. He has also advised federal, state, and local government, foundations, health plans, hospitals, health centers, professional societies, trade organizations, pharma, and private industry on strategies to improve quality of care and eliminate disparities. He is a practicing internist, co-chairs the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities and sits on the Boston Board of Health as well as Health Equity Committee, and the Massachusetts Disparities Council. Dr. Betancourt is on the Boards of Trinity Health, a large, national Catholic healthcare system based in Michigan, as well as Neighborhood Health Plan, a Medicaid Managed Care Plan based in Boston. He practices Internal Medicine at the MGH Internal Medicine Associates.
Dr. Boland is Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. At the University of Hawai‘i, she is committed to shaping the future of nursing education and scholarship for Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. Prior to joining the University of Hawai‘i, Dr. Boland served as associate dean and the Francios-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has extensive academic research and administrative experience, and was the co-founder and director of the Francios-Xavier Bagnoud Center, an innovative interdisciplinary endeavor within the School of Nursing and New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Boland is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Active in global health issues, she has worked extensively with the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received a doctoral degree in public health from the Mailman School at Columbia University, a master’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kathryn L. Braun is Director of the Office of Public Health Studies, Professor of Public Health and Social Work, and Chair of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the University of Hawai‘i. She also serves a Co-Principal Investigator of ‘Imi Hale – Native Hawaiian Cancer Network, Co-Investigator of Ha Kapuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, and Lead Evaluator for the Hawai‘i Healthy Aging Partnership. Dr. Braun is known for her work in community-based participatory research in cancer and gerontology, and she has published more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. She is a past winner of the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching form the University of Hawai‘i. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and is current President of the Active Aging Consortium Asia-Pacific.
Laura Coronado, MPH
Laura received her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Policy and Management from The Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2000. Laura tailored her education at Columbia University to meet her passion of how to address the health disparities in multicultural populations. She has blended her knowledge of biomedical sciences and public health to develop a comprehensive understanding of both the environmental, social and biological aspects of health status effecting multicultural populations.
In 2001, Laura began working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights and currently serves as the coordinator for the following; Language Access Plan, Health Disparities and Olmstead. Additionally, Laura works on settling cases involving potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
For the last eight years, Laura has participated in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB). As a member of the CAB, she was selected to assist with the strategic plan development and to lead the goal of advocating for increased focus on cancer inequalities affecting underserved communities. Since 2007, Laura has been a part-time professor educating students in the biological sciences.
Glyn Elwyn is a clinician, researcher, and innovator. He is a tenured professor and physician and researcher at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, USA and at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands
He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and retains an Honorary Chair at Cardiff University, UK.
After reading the humanities he qualified in medicine (UK), completed a Masters in Education, and obtained his PhD in 2001 at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands with Professor Richard Grol.
He leads an international and interdisciplinary team examining the implementation of shared decision making into clinical settings, investigates the design and impact of Option Grids™ patient decision aids, evidence-based tools to facilitate better clinical conversations. He has developed the Observer OPTION and CollaboRATE measures of shared decision making. He is the lead editor of Shared decision making: Evidence Based Patient Choice, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2016. Peer-reviewed pbulications: 331, H-index 76.
Dr. Bill Fong began his medical school training at the John A. Burns School of Medicine during the school’s early years, then graduated with an M.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1974. He eventually returned home to Hawaii to complete an Ob-Gyn residency through JABSOM in 1979 and is board certified in this specialty. In 2005, after being a community physician in private practice for 26 years, he joined the faculty of the JABSOM Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and remains an assistant professor in the department. In addition to maintaining a clinical practice and being involved in resident and medical student education, he has an interest in Global Health and has had the wonderful opportunity to take annual trips over the last ten years to remote areas of northeast China and Inner Mongolia to participate in short-term medical mission projects.
Julia Puebla Fortier is the Executive Director of DiversityRx: Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care, a US-based NGO that promotes good policy, practices and research on health care for minority, migrant and indigenous populations. Ms. Fortier spearheaded the development of several key policy tools in this area, including the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care for the US Department of Health and Human Services. She has worked with other health agencies to develop contracting specifications on cultural competence for managed care organizations, a national research agenda to promote outcomes-related research on cultural and linguistic health care interventions, and a framework for integrating cultural competence in the health care quality improvement agenda. Ms. Fortier developed and manages the DiversityRx.org website, a professional education resource on cross cultural health care, and coproduces a biennial conference series on quality health care for culturally diverse populations. Prior to her work with DiversityRx, she was a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment (Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman). While living in the UK and France, she was active in migrant health practice and policy dialogues and projects sponsored by the European Union, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration. She now lives in Japan and is conducting research on culture, health and care delivery from a cross-national perspective.
Rebecca (Becky) Gardner, J.D.
Prior to joining the Office of Language Access as its Legal Analyst, Ms. Gardner worked as a Staff Attorney for the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee of the State of Hawaii – House of Representatives; and as a law clerk at both the First Circuit Court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cornell University and a law degree from the University of Hawaii – William S. Richardson School of Law with a certificate in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies. Ms. Gardner is licensed to practice law in the states of Hawaii and New York.
Dr. Green is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Theme on Health Equity at Harvard Medical School and Senior Researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and completed residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, where he later served as Associate Director of the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He was a National Health Services Corps fellow in Queens, New York, and completed a research fellowship and Masters degree in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He served as Associate Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH for 10 years and Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor for Compassionate Care at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Green has served on numerous expert panels, working groups and advisory boards on culturally competent care and health care disparities. His work has been funded by the federal government, local and national foundations, and private donation, and he has authored over 100 articles, chapters, reports, and educational publications. Dr. Green’s research and programmatic interests focus on culturally competent approaches to quality improvement, unconscious bias in health care delivery, language and patient safety, and cultural competence education for health professionals.
Amelia Grover, M.D., FACS is Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She is the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Diversity issues, which has a mission to “study the educational and professional needs of underrepresented surgeons and surgical trainees and the impact that its work may have on the elimination of health disparities among diverse population groups.” Dr. Grover received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed her residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. In 2007, she was maned a scholar in a National Institutes of Health program that provides mentorship and training support to young scientists researching women’s health – Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH). Her specific BIRCWH research project focused on endocrine research and the use of the robotic surgery system in thyroid surgery. Dr. Grover is a surgical oncologist whose specialty areas include endocrine surgery, thyroid surgery, breast cancer, general surgical oncology and robotic surgery.
Adil Haider M.D., MPH, FACS
Adil Haider, M.D., MPH, FACS is an active trauma and critical care surgeon, prolific researcher, and the Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery and holds numerous leadership positions, including Recorder of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS). Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the United States, with projects focused on describing and mitigating unequal outcomes based on sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. His other research focuses on long-term clinical and functional outcomes after trauma and emergency general surgery, optimal treatment of trauma/critically ill patients in resource-poor settings, and advanced analytic techniques for surgical health services research. He has formally mentored more than 100 research trainees, published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers and currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on extramural grants worth more than seven million dollars. Dr. Haider believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare in the United States.
Jerris Hedges has served as the Dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, John a. Burns School of Medicine since March 2008. Trained as an emergency physician, Dr. Hedges has spent the last 40 years contributing to the medical field through his work in clinical care, university teaching, research and administration. While at the Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) School of Medicine, Dr. Hedges served as Professor and Department Chair in Emergency Medicine and became Vice Dean at OHSU in 2005. Dr. Hedges has also served as President of both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. In October 2000, Dr. Hedges was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences’ National Academy of Medicine. Along with Dr. Noreen Mokuau (Dean of UH School of Social Work), Dean Hedges is a multiple PI for the UH Manoa NIH U54 RMATRIX-II (clinical and translational research infrastructure) grant that addresses health disparities in Hawaii.
Dr. Keawe Kaholokula is a Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He received is PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2003 and completed a clinical health psychology post-doctoral fellowship in 2004 at the Triple Army Medical Center. He is a National Institutes of Health funded investigator whose community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves developing sustainable community- and worksite-based health promotion strategies and programs to address cardiometabolic health inequities experienced by Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. His research also examines how biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors interplay to affect their risk for, and treatment of, cardiometabolic-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Among his various studies of Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, he has examined the effects of depression on cigarette smoking and diabetes management; of racism on physiological stress indices, hypertension, and psychological distress; of acculturation on the risk for depression and diabetes; and of community-placed interventions on reducing obesity, hypertension, and diabetes disparities. He is also a member of Halemua o Kūali‘i, a Hawaiian cultural group dedicated to the revitalization of traditional values and practices to build leaders in our Hawaiian communities.
Martina Leialoha Kamaka, MD is a Native Hawaiian physician who received her undergraduate degree (BA) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana and MD degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i. She is board certified in Family Practice. She has been in private practice both in Pennsylvania and Hawai‘i. From 1999-2005, she worked as Faculty and Curriculum Development Coordinator at the JABSOM Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at JABSOM where she is the director for the DNHH Cultural Competency Curriculum Development project. The project, whose primary focus is addressing Native Hawaiian health disparities, is looking at innovative ways to teach cultural competency including the use of a variety of teaching methodologies. She is blessed with the support of an incredible collaborative team comprised of members from the Department of Family Medicine, School of Social Work, Queen’s Hospital and a retired Department of Health official. Dr. Kamaka is a founding member and past president of the ‘Ahahui o na Kauka (Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians). Currently she serves on the Institutional Review Board and scientific advisory council for the Native Hawaiian Health Systems ‘Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network. She is extremely honored to be a founding member as well international steering committee representative on the board of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). She recently co-chaired the 4th biannual meeting of PRIDoC which has reinforced her beliefs that we have much to learn form and share with our indigenous colleagues from other countries. Finally, she is very, very grateful for the incredible patience and support of her family.
As Director of the Medical Education Division in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Dr. Lee oversees key diversity programs including the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. Dr. Lee was born and raised in ʻEwa Beach and is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama campus. She later received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and completed her medical degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa JABSOM. Dr. Lee completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Hawaiʻi Integrated Pediatrics Residency Program in Honolulu. Prior to joining the Department of Native Hawaiian Health, Dr. Lee provided primary care services to children in foster care. Dr. Lee’s primary interests include disadvantaged and underrepresented student recruitment and retention, healthcare workforce diversity, medical professionalism, mentoring at-risk youth and cultural competency.
Michael Leoz is the Regional Manager for the Pacific Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights. Mr. Leoz is responsible for the overall investigation and resolution of all complaints and compliance reviews, including HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule and Breach Notification matters, arising out of the Pacific Region which covers the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Region also covers the U.S. Pacific Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Mr. Leoz joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights in 2001. Mr. Leoz, who worked as an attorney prior to joining OCR, is a member of the California State Bar Association and is also admitted to the United States Federal District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Leoz is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the University of Southern California Law School.
Noreen Mokuau, DSW, is Dean and Professor at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. As a Native Hawaiian woman, she is committed to social work education that is anchored in excellence and founded in the unique attributes of Hawai`i and the Pacific-Asia region. She is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawai`i (BA-Psychology; MSW-Social Work) and the University of California, Los Angeles (DSW-Social Welfare). She received the UH Regents Excellence in Teaching Award and the UH Community Service Award. Presently, she is Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Hā Kūpuna: National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, and serves as a Commissioner on the Council on Social Work Education Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. Dr. Mokuau has edited three books, published numerous journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and given many presentations on cultural competency and social services for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. As a scholar, mentor and teacher, Mokuau’s interests in cultural competency centers on social justice issues, including health disparities among Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian populations, and care-giving issues for culturally diverse elders. A strong advocate for community-based participatory research, her research is rooted in the `ohana and community. She acknowledges that her life work is based on the direction and guidance of her own `ohana, with special credit to the legacy of her parents.
Gerald Ohta, MPH
Mr. Ohta is the Affirmative Action Officer of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. He is also its Language Access Coordinator, ADA Coordinator and State Refugee Health Coordinator. He is the immediate past State Agency Representative and immediate past Vice-Chair of the State Language Access Advisory Council. Mr. Ohta brings the perspective of a government agency administrator and provider as well as the view of someone who was in on the development and passage of the Hawaii language access law. He has worked with schools, universities, enforcement agencies and public health agencies. Mr. Ohta also brings a wide range of contacts with language access advocates, organizations, and agencies here and nationally.
Dr. Takanishi is currently a Professor for the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), UHM, Associate Program Director for the UHM General Surgery Residency Program, and Director of Surgical Clinical Research at the Queen’s Medical Center, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. A graduate of JABSOM, he completed his General Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship in Hawai‘i, obtaining American Board of Surgery certification in both specialties. He then completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored, Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Chicago and remained on the faculty for a number of years, serving as an Associate Program Director for the Surgical Residency Program and the Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center, prior to returning to Hawai‘i in 2001. He was the President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Chair of the Hawai‘i Medical Board, and the State Chair for the Commission on Cancer. He is also a member of a number of national organizations, such as the Society of University Surgeons, Western Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Pan Pacific Surgical Association, Association for Program Directors in Surgery, and served as Chair for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Transitional Year Residency Review Committee. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer during the American College of Surgeons 92nd annual Clinical Congress in 2006. He served on the National Board of Examiners and is currently on the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step II Surgery Test Development Committee. He has also served on the American Medical Association House of Delegates representing the State of Hawaii. He was Chair of the ACGME’s Common Program Requirements Committee and was recently appointed to the Surgery Residency Review Committee, which has a 6 year term, ending in 2018.
Dr. Vanessa Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She currently serves as the Faculty Development Coordinator for the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. Additionally, she teaches in the pre-clerkship components of the MD curriculum and is active in cultural competency curriculum development and training.
Ann Marie Yamada, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with specialty training at the East West Center. She currently researches when and how clergy, community support systems and public mental health services might collaborate to support individuals with serious mental disorders, especially within Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Her research involves collaboration with public-sector mental health centers to develop or adapt services for culturally diverse, underserved, urban communities. Developing tools to facilitate the integration of culture in the assessment and routine care delivery is a priority. She currently participates on the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Spiritual Care Program. She is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association and is a councilor on the Commission on Diversity, Social and Economic Justice of the National Council on Social Work Education.