UM to Host Talks on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Research, Health Disparities

April 28, 2014

MISSOULA – Health care disparities among Native populations, particularly Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, will be at the forefront of presentations by a visiting doctor and professor at the University of Montana Wednesday and Thursday, April 30-May 1.

Dr. Marjorie Mau, director and principal investigator of the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii, will discuss voyaging and health and the center’s work in two presentations.

“Building Native Research Capacity in Health Disparities Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Experiences From Hawai’i … Another IDeA State,” will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in University Center Room 326. “Voyaging and Health: Stories from a Medical Officer” will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in UC Room 326. Both events are free and open to the public.

In her work, Mau strategically has positioned the center’s scientific focus on cardiometabolic health and health care disparities among its priority populations: Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives, New Zealand Maori and other Pacific Island peoples, including Samoan, Tongan, Filipino and Micronesian.

She has fostered the careers of several Native and minority investigators and researchers during the past 20 years of her career.

For more information call UM Professor Blakely Brown at 406-243-6524 or email


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Contact: Blakely Brown, professor, UM Department of Health and Human Performance, 406-243-6524,