Keʻala Akau

"He waiwai nui i ka lōkāhi; unity is a precious possession."
Keala - Student PageYale University

I found a new family during this summer of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even with physical distancing measures and preventative protocols, our kind, supportive and hilarious SSRP cohort was able to forge strong relationships with each other that we will all treasure throughout our education and future medical careers. In addition to the incredible friendships I gained with fellow scholars, this program strengthened my desire to become a physician in Hawaiʻi. The engaging “careers in medicine” talks and the operating room shadowing experiences exposed me to the many forms a career in health care can take. Whether we were hearing from a physician leader in an administrative position or a pediatric hospitalist, the overwhelming passion to serve our community and dedication to quality patient care was apparent. I aspire to one day provide the same quality care rooted in aloha that I saw during my time in SSRP. 

This summer, I have been working with Dr. Gerard Livaudais. We are examining the results of current Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) screening data from Hawaiʻi Pacific Health. We also developed insights into the association between SDOH concerns and demographic as well as clinical factors.

Principal Investigator
Gerard Livaudais, MD, MPH, FACP
Hawai‘i Health Partners
Project Name
Social Determinants of Health Concerns at Hawaiʻi Pacific Health

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