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'Imi Hale - Native Hawaiian Cancer Network

Project Description

The overall goal of the 'Imi Hale - Native Hawaiian Cancer Network is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among Native Hawaiians by maintaining and expanding an infrastructure that: (1) promotes cancer awareness within Native Hawaiian communities; (2) provides education and training to increase cancer prevention and control research by Native Hawaiian researchers; and (3) facilitates the application of evidence-based information to the reduction of cancer health disparities through policy development and implementation and translation of data into cancer prevention and control practice.

The Network, housed at Papa Ola Lokahi1, will collaborate with key partners at the community, state, and national levels to provide support systems and expertise to: (1) provide a core organizational infrastructure; (2) increase utilization of proven interventions to reduce disparities; (3) increase the number of Native Hawaiians participating in community-based research to reduce cancer health disparities through recruitment, training, and mentorship; (4) promote research that focuses on the spectrum of issues relevant to cancer health disparities, with an emphasis on developing interventions that can be used in and by Native Hawaiian communities; and (5) provide evidence-based information on reducing cancer health disparities to decision and policy makers at the community, local, state, and Federal levels.

  1. Papa Ola Lokahi (POL), a consortium of public agencies and Native Hawaiian not-for-profit organizations, focuses primarily on research and advocacy in Native Hawaiian health. POL's unique organizational structure provides the most extensive Native Hawaiian health network in the state of Hawaii. POL is guided by the philosophy that culture provides an extremely effective framework for addressing health issues and concerns and that true changes can occur only when those towards whom programs are directed are empowered to direct and set their own courses for those programs.
Updated: 07/23/09