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The Social Sciences Effect

The Social Sciences Effect series is aimed toward solving Hawaiʻi's most urgent societal challenges through bold, collaborative action. The series is presented by the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in partnership with First Insurance Company of Hawaiʻi.


March 25, 2021

Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity among Hawaiʻi’s Families

Recent developments, trends, and how to address food insecurity for Hawaii families with children is the subject of a recent study led by a team of researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences as part of its Health Policy Initiative. According to the “Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity among Hawaiʻi’s Families” report, sustained intervention and system-level changes will be key.

Report authors:

  • Anna Pruitt, research associate and faculty affiliate, Department of Psychology
  • Wei Zhang, professor and chair, Department of Sociology
  • Yanyan Wu, associate professor, Office of Public Health Studies
  • Omar Bird, doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology
  • Brad Nakamura, co-director, Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy; professor, Department of Psychology
  • Jack Barile, interim director, Social Science Research Institute; associate professor, Department of Psychology

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March 22, 2021

Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccinations: Recommendations for Hawaiʻi

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are more readily available, the next major public health challenge facing the state is getting people vaccinated. According to a recent study by a team of researchers led by the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences (CSS) as part of their Health Policy Initiative, targeted communications strategies may hold the key to encouraging more eligible people to get vaccinated.

Report authors:

  • Jessica Gasiorek, associate professor, Department of Communicology
  • Amy Ebesu Hubbard, professor and chair, Department of Communicology
  • Hye-ryeon Lee, professor, Department of Communicology
  • Ruben Juarez, professor, Department of Economics and UHERO
  • Jack Barile, interim director, Social Science Research Institute; associate professor, Department of Psychology

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Presented by First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i and the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences. All papers are circulated to stimulate policy discussion and comment. The views expressed are those of the individual authors.

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