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'Imi Hale: establishing an inheritance for Native Hawaiians on cancer awareness, research and training.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12180528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Native Hawaiians experience disproportionate rates of cancer incidence and mortality both nationally and in their homeland, Hawai'i. 'Imi Hale--the Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training Project, a five-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute, is aimed at reducing the burden of cancer among Native Hawaiians. The project's overall goal is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among Native Hawaiians through the establishment of a sustainable infrastructure to 1) promote cancer awareness within Native Hawaiian communities, and 2) initiate cancer research, training, and control activities. A community-based project, 'Imi Hale emphasizes community participation, respect for cultural values, and the sharing of information, as we believe that a commitment to involve Native Hawaiians in all activities of the project will help assure that the community's awareness, training, and research priorities are addressed. In the first year of operation, cancer awareness activities included the development of culturally sensitive booklets on breast cancer and the provision of cancer education and screening for members of the Association of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Research and training activities included focus groups to explore the perceptions and experiences of cancer survivors, surveys to assess research priorities, the identification of Native Hawaiian researchers and the development of pilot research projects. The work of 'Imi Hale is guided by the hope that Native Hawaiians can reverse the negative effects of cancer and leave a powerful legacy and inheritance for future generations based on good health and well-being. 'Imi Hale means "to establish, as a dynasty; to acquire authority, power; to seek and establish an inheritance for one's children; and to form a friendship so close that one feels welcome in the house of the other." "By using our language for a name, we are invoking and honoring our ancestors, our culture, language and restoration as a nation."
L Santos; N Mokuau; L Abrigo; K L Braun; J U Tsark; G Mackura; R Kuhaulua; C D Chong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacific health dialog     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1015-7867     ISO Abbreviation:  Pac Health Dialog     Publication Date:  2001 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-15     Completed Date:  2002-09-16     Revised Date:  2009-07-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434923     Medline TA:  Pac Health Dialog     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Papa Ola Lokahi, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Participation
Cost of Illness
Data Collection
Ethnic Groups*
Focus Groups
Hawaii / epidemiology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion / organization & administration*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / ethnology*,  mortality
Physician's Role
Public Health

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