The National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health (NCIHBH) represents over 20 years of work in behavioral health in Hawaii. The NCIHBH evolved from the work and findings of the Native Hawaiian Mental Health Research Development Program (1990-1996) and the Pacific People’s Mental Health Research Support Program (2000-2006) which were funded by two minority infrastructure grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, grants from the Queen Emma Foundation and the John A. Burns Foundation. In 2009, The Queen Emma Research Foundation provided funding to continue the NCIHBH’s work in behavioral health.
The strategic aim and purpose of the NCIHBH is to develop and conduct a comprehensive program of a) epidemiological, translational, community-based, clinical and preventative intervention and neuroscience research; b) clinician-educator-researcher education/training; and c) culturally effective diagnostic and treatment protocols. The NCIHBH continues to address mental-health-related problems and knowledge on Asian/Pacific Islanders, insufficient numbers of Asian/Pacific-Islander researchers, and enhance the multidisciplinary collaborations between the Department’s research division and other University departments and schools.
We hope this Web Page will serve as a forum to establish meaningful dialog and networking between researchers, scholars, policy makers, consumers, and others with an interest in Native Hawaiian behavioral health.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Iwalani Else, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health
Native Hawaiian Mental Health Research Development Program
Pacific People’s Mental Health Research Support Program
University of Hawaii Rural Health Collaboration