Participants will engage in a highly interactive, project-based workshop focused on holistic definitions of health, critiquing disparities within health care systems and policies, and collaborating to develop innovative, culturally responsive approaches to addressing public health issues in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families, institutions, and communities.
Facilitator: Jake Fitisemanu
- Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr. was born in Wellington, New Zealand and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i and Salt Lake City, Utah with a love of his vibrant Samoan, Chinese and Korean heritage. He graduated with honors in Social Science from Westminster College, and also holds a Master's degree in Public Health. Jake co-founded the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition and has chaired the annual Pacific Islander Health Week since 2012. He is a member of the US Census National Advisory Council and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mana Academy Charter School. Earlier this year, Jake was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Jake is the Outreach Coordinator for the Utah Office of Health Disparities in Salt Lake City, where he lives with his wife Lucia and theirdaughters, Moana and Lanuola.