Speakers

The following individuals are scheduled to present at the 2017 Gathering for Pacific Islander Health:

Natalie T. Ah Soon, M.P.H. directs the Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative at RAMS, Inc. and also coordinates the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition, including serving a leadership role on San Francisco’s Joint Health Equity Coalition. Ms. Ah Soon is co-chair and founding member of the Pacific Islander Taskforce. Ms. Ah Soon serves as a community board member of the Center for Youth Wellness. She has served the Caucus Director on the Board of Directors of the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC-APHA). She earned her MPH from San Jose State University. Ms. Ah Soon previously worked as a Program Assistant for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) Health Disparities Programs, providing programmatic and administrative support.

Romeo Alfred is the Chairman of the Kwajalein DIAK Coalition, a community organization with a mission to prevent Diabetes and its complications in Kwajalein Atoll communities. He is also the General Manager of the Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utilities Resources (KAJUR). Before joining KAJUR, he was the Assistant General Manager at Medisource Pacific Pharmaceutical. Romeo undertook his studies in Business Administration at the University of Maryland Extension Campus on the Kwajalein Military Base. He spent 16 years with the Prime Contractor at the base working in the Training Department as the Manager.

Wanna Bing is a Project Manager for the UAMS Northwest campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she coordinates faith-based community health programs with Marshallese and other Pacific Islander organizations in the region. She has a bachelor’s degree in management from John Brown University. Prior to joining UAMS Northwest, Ms. Bing worked as an Administrative Specialist and Outreach Worker for the Arkansas Department of Health’s Dr. Joseph Bates Outreach Clinic.  She is a native of the Marshall Islands and is fluent in Marshallese.

Kathryn L. Braun, Dr.P.H. is Professor and Director of the Office of Public Health Studies, chair of the DrPH program, and a Co-Investigator of Hā Kūpuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders at the University of Hawai‘i. Dr. Braun is known for her work in community-based participatory research in cancer and gerontology, and she has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.

Haley Cash, Ph.D., M.P.H. works closely with the Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association as the NCD Regional Epidemiologist for the USAPI under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She provides epidemiological support to the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands and is responsible for supporting chronic disease surveillance and epidemiologic capacity in the region. She is the former epidemiologist for the Ministry of Health, Republic of Palau. Dr. Cash is originally from Rhode Island and completed her graduate studies at Brown University.

Ben D’Avanzo is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In this role, he develops strategic health and equity policy guidance for policymakers and Health Forum partners. Before coming to the Health Forum, Ben worked at Families USA, a leading consumer health advocacy organization.

Rebecca Delafield is a clinical research coordinator with the Department of Native Hawaiian Health (DNHH) at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine.  She was born in the Northern Mariana Islands, raised in Iowa, and moved to Hawai‘i in 2004 shortly after graduating with a Master in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Rebecca’s work at the DNHH focuses on community-based research studies that address health disparities in Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander populations. She is also a student and is currently in her second year of the Community-based and Translational Health Research doctoral program offered through the University Of Hawai’i Office of Public Health Studies.

Joe Enlet is a native of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia. He was born and raised in the islands and moved to the U.S. as an adult. Mr. Enlet is a founding board member of the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), where he served as President and most recently as the Organizing Director. CANN has been a champion for COFA islander policy work and in the last session has successfully passed legislation in Oregon to extend health access to COFA migrants. He currently serves as Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Multnomah County Health Department in the Health Equity Initiative and is one of 13 members of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Board. Prior to that, he worked at Health Share of Oregon, the largest Coordinated Care Organization in Oregon serving over 250,000 Medicaid members, where he was the Community Engagement Program Coordinator.

Irene Ernest is a native of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and currently serves as a community health worker at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She previously served as a nursing aid for the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is active as a community and church volunteer.

Ridvan “Riz” Firestone currently leads a research program that focuses on life-course epidemiology across a range of non-communicable diseases, including maternal and child health, respiratory health, and investigation of the social-cultural determinants of obesity.  She was awarded the Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship in 2015, which will be used to advance her skillset, knowledge and expertise in the area of obesity research and interventions, Pacific youth and participation action research with the aim of developing a fully-fledged international programme of research. Dr. Firestone is a member of the faculty of Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research in New Zealand.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. is the Director of the Community and Family Institute (CFI) and is the recipient of the Bernice Jones Endowed Chair in Community in the Department of Sociology at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. He is an urban/community sociologist focused on at-risk populations and the role of community context in understanding negative physical and mental health outcomes among a variety of sub-populations. Dr. Fitzpatrick has published numerous works on the relationship between poverty and health and the connections between place and health, with specific focus on urban communities.

Jennifer S. Gutowski, MHA, FACHE, CSSGB, VHA-CM is the Director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System where she oversees the delivery of health care to more than 129,000 veterans from Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. She carries several certifications as a VHA Certified Mentor, Healthcare Executive, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), as well as a graduate of the VA Executive Career Field. She is a recipient of the Early Careerist VA/ACHE Regent’s Award, and the ACHE Regent’s Award. Ms. Gutowski has a master’s degree in health administration from Tulane University.

Nicola Hawley, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology at Yale University. Dr. Hawley’s research focuses broadly on understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in developing countries, determining how delivery of healthcare impacts the identification and treatment of these diseases during the perinatal period, and developing interventions to prevent the intergenerational transmission of chronic disease.

Jeremy Henderson works as a Pacific Research Assistant on the Youth Empowerment Programme with Dr. Riz Firestone.  He also serves as a Senior IT Specialist, Technology Strategy and Operations for the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. He is also very enthusiastic about improving the healthy lifestyle of young Pacific people and building their leadership skills as part of this process.

Robson Henry is a native of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, and a former member of the United States Army, retiring as an Army E7 Sgt First Class. After completing high school in Kosrae, Mr. Henry joined the Army in October of 1987 as part of the first group of recruits the Compact of Free Association was signed. He served two tours in Iraq and was stationed in Virginia, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Andrea Hermosura, Ph.D., L.C.P. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a researcher who is committed to improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders by addressing issues relevant to those communities. Her areas of research include Native Hawaiian health, health disparities, and cultural safety. She also has extensive experience using the community-based participatory research approach to develop collaborative and equitable relationships with multiple stakeholders to reduce obesity disparities and to implement patient quality initiatives at a local healthcare system. In addition to research, she is also a licensed clinical psychologist who provides integrated behavioral health care in a primary care clinic.

Kawa Jatios has a bachelor’s degree in geography, specializing in environmental studies and currently serves as Mayor of Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He previously served as deputy general manager at the RMI Environmental Protection Authority in Ebeye. Mr. Jatios has also served as an employment counselor and ESL Tutor, where he had the opportunity to engage community members toward self-reliant strategies, teaching youth and adults to overcome obstacles. In 2014 he served as the President of the Loijjaion Family Foundation.

Marcella Jonathan-Sakaio, M.A. serves as coordinator at the Ebeye Distance Education Center of the College of the Marshall Islands.  Ms. Jonathan-Sakaio is a strong advocate for education and believes in educating as a way to promote change.  Her professional interests focus on educating to promote a healthy lifestyle and living comfortably. She is involved in the “DIAK” coalitions on Ebeye Kwajalein Atoll and serves as the secretary for the RMI Teacher Standard Licensing Board and the Ebeye Catholic Schools Advisory Board. She has degrees in educational leadership and social work.

Caolae Jones, D.N.P., A.R.N.P. serves as the community health nurse for the Marshall Islands Health Project, helping others navigate the health care and social resources system in Iowa. For the past year, she has served as a liaison between outpatient clinics and Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This past May, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Family Medicine and is transitioning to a health care provider role.

Neiar Kabua is the Program Coordinator for the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where she works with Pacific Islander communities to implement strategies to increase screening and early diagnosis of cancer through community-based interventions.

Susan A. Kadlubar, Ph.D. is a native Arkansan and graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Following completion of her Ph.D., she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.  In 2005, she returned home to UAMS, where her research focus has been the impact of genetic variability on cancer risk and response to therapy, primarily focusing on Arkansas populations.  In 2007, she initiated the collection of biological specimens and questionnaire data from over 26,000 women, which forms the beginning of the Arkansas Rural Community Health Cohort.  She has also worked with researchers in morthwest Arkansas to initiate genomic research within the Marshallese community.

Stevenson Kuartei, M.D. is a senator from the Republic of Palau, chairman of the Palau Health Foundation, and a fellow in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He previously served as Minister of Health for the Republic of Palau and as Director of Public Health. Prior to that, he served as a medical director and primary care physician in California. Dr. Kuartei is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Melisa Laelan is a native Marshall Islander, born and raised in the Marshall Islands. In 2011, along with other Marshallese leaders, she founded the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM) and in the year 2015, ACOM received its non-profit status, making it the first organization founded and directed by native Marshall Islanders. As executive director of ACOM, she is a resource contact in both Marshallese and non-Marshallese communities. Northwest Arkansas Business Journal honored Ms. Laelan in 2014 as an up and coming influential community leader. Melisa Laelan served in the United States Army for 10 years as a logistic specialist within various units throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe before moving to northwest Arkansas. She enjoys raising awareness of the challenges the Marshallese face as non-immigrants living in the United States. She continues to build bridges with legislators through her work as a member of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

Mele Look is Director of Community Engagement in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaii’s School of Medicine. She facilitates collaboration for research, capacity-building training, and program development with the Ulu Network, a coalition of 30 community-based organizations with over 70 sites that serve Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples across Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. She has been involved in Native Hawaiian health research for over 35 years, pioneering studies in the area of Native Hawaiian mortality and recently has been focusing on initiatives that merge cultural practices and health objectives.

Sarah Moore, M.S. grew up in Northwest Arkansas and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community health promotion from the University of Arkansas. She is also a graduate of the nursing program at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Her areas of interest include healthy aging, chronic disease prevention and management, and health disparities.  As an associate director in the Office of Community Health and Research at UAMS, Ms. Moore directs efforts to improve access to culturally appropriate health services in the northwest Arkansas region, through multiple community-based initiatives. She also manages the day to day operations of multiple clinics, including a charitable, student-led, inter-professional education (IPE) clinic as well as a new Internal Medicine residency clinic.

S. Yvette Murphy-Erby, Ph.D., M.S.W., received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1985, an M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1991, and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2004. She has been employed with the University of Arkansas since 2004, serving as the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, and the Director of the School of Social Work. Her professional and academic focus is on child welfare issues as well as community economic development, social work training, and leadership development.

Richard Niederman, D.M.D., M.A., is professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at New York University College of Dentistry, and Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Quality-improvement, Evidence-based Dentistry (QED). He is the founding USA editor of the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry; co-author of the book Evidence-Based Dentistry, and author of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific articles. His current work focuses on improving oral health equity by disseminating and implementing community-based and evidence-based caries prevention programs.  These bring primary and secondary preventive care to people, rather than people to care.

Christopher Piel is a Physician Assistant student at Yale University’s School of Medicine. His professional interests include healthcare policy, primary care, hospitalist and emergency medicine. Prior to PA school he worked as a physical therapist technician, a journalist, a research analyst at his alma mater Arizona State University, and as an English professor in the Galapagos Islands. He is fluent in Spanish. Upon graduating in December, he hopes to relocate to Hawaii with his wife and dog.

Raynald Samoa, M.D. is a board certified endocrinologist with expertise in diabetes and obesity prevention and treatment. He is the physician lead of the Diabetes Education Program and also the community engagement lead within the Department of Diabetes at City of Hope. He also serves as Advisor on the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. His areas of expertise are in diabetes and metabolic diseases in vulnerable populations such as underserved low income communities and directly relates to the scope of work to be conducted under the Scientific Advisory and Action Board.

Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby, Ph.D.(c), is the Research Fellow for Counties Manukau Health who awarded her a 3 year scholarship to undertake a PhD with The University of Auckland. Jacqueline has over 25 years of experience in human resource management, strategic planning and strategic management across a number of industries, and more recently programme managing regional health projects that focus on long term conditions spanning both clinical and social sectors.  Jacqueline is Samoan and takes a strategic approach to actions that facilitate the assessment, development and implementation of quality and (cultural) safety improvement initiatives to advance positive health outcomes.

Allison Scott, D.N.P., has been an international board certified lactation consultant since 1989 and a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2001. For the past 27 years, she has worked with breastfeeding mothers in hospital and clinic settings.  She currently functions as the LC in a large pediatric practice with a diverse population, including Marshallese.  Dr. Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  She is an assistant professor at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the BSN and DNP programs, teaching pediatric nursing.  Her research interests focus on breastfeeding education, prevention of childhood obesity, and cultural competency.

Christina Shea, M.S.C.C., L.M.F.T. has been the Deputy Chief/Director of Clinical Services at Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) in San Francisco, California, since 2008. Ms. Shea has been a member of Asian Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition since 2008, and co-chair since 2010. She is a strong advocate for the underserved communities, continuously raises awareness about mental health issues, diligently works on efforts to address barriers of access to services, and is passionate about mentoring and promoting the next generation of bilingual and bicultural clinicians. Ms. Shea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working clinically and administratively in the mental health field for three decades, and with diverse communities, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from University of California at Davis and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University at Hayward.

Marcia Shobe, PhD, LMSW, ACSW is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas. Her research, policy, and practice foci over the past 26 years have primarily been in the area of child, adolescent and family well-being, particularly as it relates to health disparities for traditionally underserved populations. She has collaborated with experts in nursing, epidemiology, and health administration on studies related to the health behaviors and health literacy of low-income Latino immigrants. She has experience with substance abuse education, research and practice experience with health and mental health, is fluent in French and has some proficiency in Spanish.

Marilou Shreve, D.N.P., M.S.N. has experience in leadership, finance, working in multidiscipline teams, and working with families and communities.  She has a broad background in pediatrics, with specific training in child and adolescent obesity.  Her research includes the cultural and behavioral factors of obesity.  These projects examined Marshallese mother’s beliefs around breastfeeding, Hispanic mother’s perceptions of their child’s body size, specifically comparing 1st and 2nd generation mothers, and measuring problem solving skills in children in rural areas at risk for obesity.  She developed a Pilot Program to treat obesity in Hispanic and Marshallese children and adolescents in primary care using a multidisciplinary group and owned one of the first Nurse Practitioner owned clinics in Arkansas and her experience as a nurse practitioner brought her a different perspective to the research process.

Cecilia A. Sigrah is the Secretary for Kosrae Community Health Center (KCHC) Governing Board since its initiation. Ms. Sigrah has been working in the health sector since 2004 devoting majority of her time in primary care services. She initially worked as the Health Nutritionist for Maternal Child Health Program, followed as Coordinator for Diabetes Program and currently the Cancer Program Coordinator and the Public Health Administrator.  She has experience coordinating state/national and regional surveys namely Family Health and Safety Survey, Children’s Healthy Living Prevalence Survey and the Kosrae NCD Core Risk Survey. She completed the Data for Decision Making (DDM) Course offered by Fiji National University in collaboration with PIHOA and has an educational background in the field of Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition.

Christina “Kiki” Stinnett is the President of the Chuuk Women’s Council, leads an umbrella organization of more than 60 women’s organizations in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Kiki is a successful entrepreneur and currently sits on various state boards including Chuuk State Board of Education, Chuuk Conservation Society and FSM Women in Business Network. She is the interim Vice-President of the FSM Alliance of NGOs and has represented Chuuk State and FSM women at regional conferences on sustainable development issues. In 2011, Kiki was featured in the US State Department’s 100 Years/100 Women Campaign in honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Andy Subica, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Population Health at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. His research addresses the determinants of mental and physical health disparities in underserved populations, and he is leading a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop culturally attuned strategies to increase Pacific Islanders’ engagement in mental health care. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, clinical postdoctoral training from the Doris A. Miller Veterans Affairs Hospital, and postdoctoral training in community engaged research from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Southern California and the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University.

Chris Surla is a health educator with the Guam Department of Health and Social Services and a member of the Pacific Partners for Tobacco Free Islands (PPTFI).

Leafa Tuilta Taumoepeau was raised in the Kingdom of Tonga until 1970, then moved to California where she created Taulama for Tongans in 2001 to serve the health needs of the Tongan population in the Bay Area. She witnessed improvements in accessing preventative care, increased awareness and decreased stigma around mental and chronic health disease. Leafa anticipates that the information, education, and interventions that she helps to cultivate will lead to improving the health outcomes of Tongans and other Pacific Islander communities. Leafa has worked on numerous research projects specifically researching health outcomes of Tongans in San Mateo, CA. She has participated in gathering data for Pacific Islander health studies and disparities, conducted interventions for breast cancer, conducted preliminary research on tobacco usage, and provided nutritional programs. She is a core member of the Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce, partnering with San Francisco County, Alameda County and San Mateo County Departments of Health to develop partnerships in health and improve the overall health of our Pacific Islander communities.

Gertrude Tevita works as a Pacific Research Assistant on the Youth Empowerment Programme with Dr. Riz Firestone.  She is also the Regional Operations Director for City Fitness Gym franchise in Wellington, NZ.  She is very passionate about health and dedicated to working with Pacific communities in improving health and well-being.

Billy R. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H. is the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at the Center for Diversity Affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Thomas is also professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate professor at the College of Public Health at UAMS. Dr. Thomas is board-certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He graduated from Arkansas State University and received his MD degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 1986 he completed a fellowship in perinatal/neonatal medicine at Case Western Reserve and joined the faculty as an attending neonatologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2004 he received a Master’s in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health.

Nena Tolenoa is the executive director of the Kosrae Community Health Center since its establishment in 2015. Mr. Tolenoa has been providing services in primary care for more than 20 years in different capacities. He leads the development of the Kosrae Non-Communicable Disease Emergency Response Plan, The Kosrae Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and the Kosrae Community Health Center Program.  He is a member of the Cancer Council of the Pacific Island, Pacific Island Primary Care Association Board of Director and Vice Chairman of the Kosrae Utilities Authority Board of Director.

JoAnn Tsark, M.P.H. has served as the Research Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi and has spearheaded multiple federally-funded programs to support programs for cancer and diabetes prevention and control in Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. As a founding member of ‘Imi Hale, she and her colleagues have mentored and supported over 50 Native Hawaiians to win and lead cancer research grant awards, developed the largest body of culturally tailored cancer education materials for Hawaiian and Pacific audiences, established the Ho‘okele i ke Ola Cancer Patient Navigation Training Program and trained 212 Navigators. ‘Imi Hale programs and research incorporate community based participatory research principles, community leadership, capacity building and community participation.

Taunuu Ve’e is currently the Co-chair and co-founder of the Pacific Islander Taskforce in the Northern California as well as working with national and state agencies in both continental U.S. and the U.S affiliated Pacific Island jurisdiction.  Tau was the National Advisor on Pacific Islander Affairs and Program Officer on Social Justice Work at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) for eight years, a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. As an Anchor Institution for Kellogg Foundation’s “America Healing” initiative; Tau led one of Health Forum’s anchor programs, Racial Equity Initiative (REI) which she developed five collaborative partnerships made up of 26 –community-based organizations across the nation.

Nash A.K Witten, M.D. is a first year family medicine resident at the University of Hawaii Family Medicine Residency Program. He was born in Kahuku and raised in Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii. As a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient, he looks forward to one day working in a physician shortage area at a community health center upon completion of his residency training.

Sarah Wongking Tanuvasa, Ph.D. is a faculty member at both San Francisco State University (SFSU) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in subject areas including: health and social justice, health policy, community health assessment and public health fieldwork. Sarah also developed and currently teaches one of the first Pacific Studies classes to be offered at SFSU and the first college level course with an emphasis in Pacific Islander health titled Health and Wellness among Pacific Islanders. In addition to teaching, Sarah serves as the Campus-Community Partnership Manager for the Health & Housing Initiative, Health Equity Institute at SFSU. She has overseen multiple CBPR projects that explore the connection between health and housing in the bay area. She serves on the Pacific Islander Taskforce working with the housing and adolescent health subcommittees and is dedicated to combating health inequities through social justice education and community led work.

Seiji Yamada, M.D., M.P.H. was born in Hiroshima, giving him a life-long mission to promote peace.  He oversees family medicine residents and directs medical student education for University of Hawaii Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  He also practices family medicine part-time at the Kalihi-Palama Health Center in Honolulu.