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Census Bureau names UH professor to national advisory committee

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The Hawai'i Independent

(Mānoa HAWAI'I)--The U.S. Census Bureau has named Dr. Maile Taualii, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

This was announced in a press statement issued by the UH system this afternoon.

The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau's programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census, UH explains.

Housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race, ethnicity and sexual-orientation issues are among the topics the committee will help the Census Bureau address.

"This is a great honor for the University," said Dr. Jay Maddock, professor and director of the Office of Public Health Studies. "Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have long been undercounted or combined with Asian groups in the U.S. Census. Dr. Taualii's expertise and voice on this group will help ensure that the Census accurately reflects these individuals as well as other indigenous populations."

Dr. Taualii received her Ph.D. in Health Services with an emphasis on Public Health Informatics and Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington, where she also completed her Master's degree in Public Health, reports The Hawai'i Independent. Prior appointments include serving as scientific director for the Urban Indian Health Institute, an Indian health service, tribal epidemiology center, for nearly 10 years.

The Hawai'i Independent notes that Dr. Taualii's primary research focus for her is the utility and validity of health information for racial minorities, specifically diabetes and epigenetics related to health disparities. Her current research is related to perceptions of bio-banking for research among Native Hawaiians.

Dr. Taualii is an assistant professor within the Office of Public Health Studies at UH and director of one of UH Mānoa’s newest degree-granting programs, a Master in Public Health with Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health specialization. The unique master’s program will accept its first students this fall.

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