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Panel Session & Table Discussions

Applying Community Based Participatory Research to Evaluation

The panelists will discuss their use of community based participatory research (CBPR) principles in evaluation. Table discussions will focus on possible ways to address a challenge or goal in scenarios provided by the panelists.


Akiemi Glenn is the director of Te Kau Fuli Fatu Research & Evaluation, a program of community organization Te Taki Tokelau Community Training and Development.  Te Kau Fuli Fatu specializes in working with other community-based nonprofits to build capacity around program evaluation and research for planning and implementation. For the past 10 years, Akiemi has worked with communities in New Zealand, Samoa, Tokelau, and in Hawai‘i, drawing on indigenous perspectives and methods in her research on the connections between land, environment, and community health, and language and culture-based education in the Pacific. She holds a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has worked with a variety of community organizations in an array of capacities as a grant writer, program designer, evaluator, and researcher.  
Mele Look is Director of Community Engagement at the University of Hawai‘i’s John A . Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health where she facilitates collaboration for research, training, and programs with the Ulu Network, a collective of 30 organizations serving Native Hawaiians and other Pacific People across Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. She has been involved in Native Hawaiian health research for over 30 years, pioneering studies in the area of Native Hawaiian mortality and recently has been focusing on initiatives that merge cultural practices and health objectives.  She resides in Waimānalo, O‘ahu with her husband Scott Rowland and their son Kaimalieomanana.  
Dr. Jon K. Matsuoka is the President and CEO of Consuelo Foundation, a non-profit foundation, supporting programs that prevent and treat abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, women and families in the Philippines and Hawai`i.  Locally, Dr. Matsuoka is involved with Native Hawaiian community-based partners in developing plans for sustainability.  He serves on the Board of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and Alliance for Children and Families, out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Prior to joining the Foundation he was Dean and Professor at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and at the University of Hawai`i for a total of 25 years.  As dean, he led efforts to indigenize the School including the integration of indigenous content across the curriculum, forming a Kupuna (Elder) Council, developing strong ties with Native Hawaiian organizations and communities, and promoting indigenous matters throughout social work education. During his tenure at UH, Dr. Matsuoka worked extensively on cultural impact studies for native Hawaiian communities in rural areas.  The interdisciplinary approach led to the development of unique and integrated research and social planning methodologies.  They also engaged in processes regarding community preservation and sustainability. 

He has served as a consultant to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center, and various other agencies. Dr. Matsuoka is widely published in social work and social science journals in the areas of community development, socioeconomic change in rural Pacific communities, indigenous well-being, help-seeking among Asians and Pacific Islanders, and refugee resettlement and mental health.



Alice Tse is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She has extensive experience in the area of community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodology.  She co-authored a well-received participatory research manual, which explains CBPR to Native Hawaiian community partners. This summer she was named a 2013 Scholar in Translational Research/Health Disparities by NIH / NIMHD.  Recently she partnered with Ke Ola Mamo to explore Native Hawaiian community partners’ perceptions of CBPR.  She has been a delegate and consultant to the annual American Pacific Nurse Leaders’ Council Conference for over 15 years and understands the history and culture of CBPR related to pacific peoples.  She is responsible for the development and teaching of the CBPR courses for graduate students at the UH School of Nursing.


updated 08/31/2013

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