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Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH

Faculty RankAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Hawaii
DepartmentNative Hawaiian Health
AddressJohn A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa
677 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1016
Honolulu HI 96813
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    2004Internship Award, University of North Carolina, University Center for International Studies
    2008Travel scholarship, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    2010 Graduate Division Achievement Scholarship, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    2011Graduate Division Achievement Scholarship, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    2012Conference scholarship, Hawaii Public Health Association
    2013Native Hawaiian Health Research Scholarship, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawai''i
    2015 - 2016Medical Education Fellowship, Office of Medical Education, University of Hawaii
    2016 - 2018Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), NHLBI, University of Arizona Health Sciences

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    Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH is an assistant professor at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A Burns School of Medicine. She has long held academic and research interests in health disparities informed by a social determinants framework. She was awarded a BA in Anthropology from Pomona College, a MPH. in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a DrPH in Community-based and Translational Research from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. For the past seven years, Dr. Ing has coordinated several community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Notable among these is the NIH-funded Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle Interventions (PILI) ‘Ohana Project, is a NIMHD-funded, CBPR initiative by the PILI ‘Ohana Partnership (POP) to address obesity and related disparities in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples. The POP developed and tested two culturally-congruent, community-placed, evidence-based health promotion programs and is currently working to disseminate these interventions to community-based organizations across the State. Additionally, Dr. Ing is working to build her research in the field of health disparities has several successfully funded pilot CBPR projects. These projects included testing the effectiveness of a semi-structured social support group in maintaining or improving diabetes management, a homestead health survey, and working to adapt the PILI ‘Ohana healthy lifestyle intervention for web-based delivery.

    Her research training objectives are to: 1) improve her ability to conduct methodologically sound research; 2) develop an independent research program informed by a social determinants of health framework; and 3) translate research findings into effective, culturally appropriate multilevel health promotion programs. As she develops her career as an independent investigator, she hopes to continue utilized a community-based research approach in examining and addressing social determinants of health.

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    1. Ing CT, Ahn HJ, Antonio MCK, Dillard AY, Kekauoha BP, Cassel K, Abrigo S, Kauhane M, Halzel MS, Keawe?aimoku Kaholokula J. Neighborhood-Level Stressors and Individual-Level Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Native Hawaiians: a Cross-Sectional Study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2024 Feb 15; 21:E11. PMID: 38359158.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Ing CT, Ahn HJ, Kawakami R, Grandinetti A, Seto TB, Kaholokula JK. Ethnic and Gender Differences in 10-Year Coronary Heart Disease Risk: a Cross-Sectional Study in Hawai'i. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Aug; 8(4):943-952. PMID: 32869210.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Townsend CK, Miyamoto RE, Antonio M, Zhang G, Paloma D, Basques D, Braun KL, Kaholokula JK. The PILI@Work Program: a translation of the diabetes prevention program to Native Hawaiian-serving worksites in Hawai'i. Transl Behav Med. 2016 06; 6(2):190-201. PMID: 27356989.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Townsend, C.K.M., Miyamoto, R.E.S., Antonio, M., Zhang, G., Paloma, D., Basques, D., Braun, K.L., Kaholokula, J. K. . Translational Behavioral Medicine. The PILI@Work Program: a translation of the diabetes prevention program to Native Hawaiian-serving worksites in Hawai‘i. 2016; 1-12.
    5. Townsend CK, Dillard A, Hosoda KK, Maskarinec GG, Maunakea AK, Yoshimura SR, Hughes C, Palakiko DM, Kehauoha BP, Kaholokula JK. Community-Based Participatory Research Integrates Behavioral and Biological Research to Achieve Health Equity for Native Hawaiians. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 22; 13(1):ijerph13010004. PMID: 26703660.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    6. Kaholokula JK, Kekauoha P, Dillard A, Yoshimura S, Palakiko DM, Hughes C, Townsend CK. The PILI 'Ohana Project: a community-academic partnership to achieve metabolic health equity in Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Dec; 73(12 Suppl 3):29-33. PMID: 25535599.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Townsend C, Takishima-Lacasa JY, Latner JD, Grandinetti A, Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula J. Ethnic and gender differences in ideal body size and related attitudes among Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Whites. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Aug; 73(8):236-43. PMID: 25157324.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Kaholokula JK, Wilson RE, Townsend CK, Zhang GX, Chen J, Yoshimura SR, Dillard A, Yokota JW, Palakiko DM, Gamiao S, Hughes CK, Kekauoha BK, Mau MK. Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities: the PILI 'Ohana Project. Transl Behav Med. 2014 Jun; 4(2):149-59. PMID: 24904698.
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    9. Kaholokula J.K., Townsend C., Sinclair K., Palakiko D., Makahi E., Yoshimura S., Wang J., Kekauoha B.P., Dillard A., Solatorio C., Hughes C., Gamio S., Mau M.K. . Obesity Interventions in Underserved US Communities: Evidence and Directions [Brennan, V.M., Kumanyika, S.K., & Zambrana, E. (Eds.)]. The PILI ‘Ohana Project: A Community-Academic Partnership to Eliminate Obesity Disparities in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities. 2014; 313-324.
    10. Kaholokula JK, Townsend CK, Ige A, Sinclair Ki, Mau MK, Leake A, Palakiko DM, Yoshimura SR, Kekauoha P, Hughes C. Sociodemographic, behavioral, and biological variables related to weight loss in native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Mar; 21(3):E196-203. PMID: 23404724.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Sinclair KA, Makahi EK, Shea-Solatorio C, Yoshimura SR, Townsend CK, Kaholokula JK. Outcomes from a diabetes self-management intervention for Native Hawaiians and Pacific People: Partners in Care. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb; 45(1):24-32. PMID: 23086589.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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