Project Summary

The Gathering for Pacific Islander Health is an annual conference program designed to equip diverse stakeholders with information and skills they need to address the significant health disparities and inequities faced by Pacific Islanders. The gatherings engage diverse stakeholders in a forum to share current research and best practices, discuss and collaboratively set a meaningful research agenda, and build skills and partnerships for engaged research. The annual gatherings attract a wide group of participants, including academic researchers and educators, patients and caregivers, health and human services providers, community members, nonprofit organizations, policy and government agencies, and funding organizations. The Gathering for Pacific Islander Health is the only conference in the continental US that focuses on the unique health and healthcare needs of Pacific Islanders.

The projected outputs from this project are a national conference focused on engaged research with Pacific Islanders; establishment of a collaborative research agenda; and a dissemination conference presentation and collaborative research agenda shared with a network of Pacific Islander stakeholders. 

Project collaborators include the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese; Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO); Republic of the Marshall Islands Consulate General; National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD); Faith in Action Research and Resource Alliance (FARRA); University of Hawai’i at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine; The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research (CNPHDR); Empowering Pacific Island Communities (EPIC); National Tonga-American Society (NTAS); National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP); Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC); National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD); Papa Ola Lokahi (POL): Native Hawaiian Health Care; The Center for Pacific Islander Health; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; and Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). 

Project Information

Nia Aitaoto, MPH, MS, PhD
Pearl McElfish, MBA, MS, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Key Dates

November 2017


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Last updated: April 8, 2024