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This module presents available information about elders who identify themselves as Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander, including Samoans, Tongans, Micronesians, and Marshallese among others.  The module discusses demographics, patterns of health risk, and the role of cultural competency in the health assessment and treatment of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Course Director and
Editor in Chief of the Ethnogeriatrics Curriculum and Training

VJ Periyakoil, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Marjorie K. Mau, MD, MS
Department of Native Hawaiian Health,
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Patricia Blanchette
University of Hawaii

Dee-Ann Carpenter
Department of Native Hawaiian Health,
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Martina Kamaka
Department of Native Hawaiian Health,
John A. Burns School of Medicine

Erin Saito
John A Burns School of Medicine

Users are free to download and distribute eCampus Geriatrics modules for educational purposes only.

When using this resource please cite us as follows:

Mau, M, MD, MS, Patricia Blanchette, Dee-Ann Carpenter, Martina Kamaka, Erin Saito: Health and health care of Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander Older Adults https://geriatrics.stanford.edu/ethnomed/hawaiian_pacific_islander.html. In Periyakoil VS, eds. eCampus-Geriatrics, Stanford CA, 2010.

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