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Tetine L. Sentell
Title Associate Professor
Faculty Rank
Degree Ph.D.
Institution University of Hawaii
Department Office of Public Health Studies
Clusters Community Engagement
Neurological Disorders and Mental Health
Office of Public Health Studies
1960 East West Road, Biomed D104G
City Honolulu
State HI
Postal Code 96822
Telephone 808 956-5781
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2013 University of Hawai’i at Manoa Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

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  Dr. Tetine Sentell is an associate professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii, Office of Public Health Studies where she is part of the Health Policy and Management specialization. Dr. Sentell received a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis from the University of California, Berkeley and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sentell has a long-standing interest in health literacy, particularly in the relationship between health literacy, limited English proficiency, and racial/ethnic health disparities. Dr. Sentell is currently the PI for a 5-year study funded by NIMHD under the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research concerning racial/ethnic differences in preventable hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations and for an AHRQ sponsored R21 considering maternal quality information for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, especially those with limited English proficiency and low health literacy. She recently completed an NCI funded project considering disparities in cancer screening among Asian Americans by health literacy and English proficiency.

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1. Pirkle CM, Ylli A, Burazeri G, Sentell TL. Social and community factors associated with hypertension awareness and control among older adults in Tirana, Albania. Eur J Public Health. 2018 Mar 20.
2. Taira D, Sentell T, Albright C, Lansidell D, Nakagawa K, Seto T, Stevens JM. Insights in Public Health: Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Underuse in Clinical Practice in Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 Nov; 76(11):314-317.
3. Davis CM, Guo M, Miyamura J, Chang A, Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Sentell T. Key Factors in Obstetric Delivery Decision-Making among Asian and Pacific Islander Women by English Proficiency. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 Oct; 76(10):279-286.
4. Hipp S, Carlson A, McFarlane E, Sentell TL, Hayes D. Insights in Public Health: Improving Reproductive Life Planning in Hawai'i: One Key Question®. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 Sep; 76(9):261-264.
5. Sentell TL, Shen C, Landsittel D, Mays MH, Southerland J, King MH, Taira DA. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Those Accompanying Medicare Patients to the Doctor: Insights from the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary's Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Apr 12.
6. Quensell ML, Taira DA, Seto TB, Braun KL, Sentell TL. "I Need my Own Place to get Better": Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):784-797.
7. Tong M, Sentell T. Insights in Public Health: Challenges Investigating Health Outcomes in Chinese Americans Using Population-Based Survey Data. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 01; 76(1):27-32.
8. Wey A, Davis J, Juarez DT, Sentell T. Distinguishing between primary and secondary racial identification in analyses of health disparities of a multiracial population in Hawaii. Ethn Health. 2018 Apr; 23(3):233-248.
9. Taira DA, Shen C, King M, Landsittel D, Mays MH, Sentell T, Southerland J. Access to medications for medicare enrollees related to race/ethnicity: Results from the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 Nov; 13(6):1208-1213.
10. Sentell T, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Taira DA. Thirty-Day Inpatient Readmissions for Asian American and Pacific Islander Subgroups Compared With Whites. Med Care Res Rev. 2018 Feb; 75(1):100-126.
11. Massey PM, Langellier BA, Sentell T, Manganello J. Nativity and language preference as drivers of health information seeking: examining differences and trends from a U.S. population-based survey. Ethn Health. 2017 Dec; 22(6):596-609.
12. Nakagawa K, Ahn HJ, Taira DA, Miyamura J, Sentell TL. Ethnic Comparison of 30-Day Potentially Preventable Readmissions After Stroke in Hawaii. Stroke. 2016 10; 47(10):2611-7.
13. Tsoh JY, Sentell T, Gildengorin G, Le GM, Chan E, Fung LC, Pasick RJ, Stewart S, Wong C, Woo K, Burke A, Wang J, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. Healthcare Communication Barriers and Self-Rated Health in Older Chinese American Immigrants. J Community Health. 2016 Aug; 41(4):741-52.
14. Sentell TL, Seto TB, Young MM, Vawer M, Quensell ML, Braun KL, Taira DA. Pathways to potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes and heart failure: a qualitative analysis of patient perspectives. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 07 26; 16:300.
15. Hagiwara M, Juarez DT, Yamada S, Miyamura J, Sentell T. Inpatient Hospitalization Costs: A Comparative Study of Micronesians, Native Hawaiians, Japanese, and Whites in Hawai'i. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 22; 13(1):ijerph13010029.
16. Hagiwara MK, Miyamura J, Yamada S, Sentell T. Younger and Sicker: Comparing Micronesians to Other Ethnicities in Hawaii. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar; 106(3):485-91.
17. Sentell TL, Cheng Y, Saito E, Seto TB, Miyamura J, Mau M, Juarez DT. The Burden of Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes in Native Hawaiian and Asian American Hospitalized Patients. J Clin Transl Endocrinol. 2015 Dec 01; 2(4):115-124.
18. Chang AL, Hurwitz E, Miyamura J, Kaneshiro B, Sentell T. Maternal risk factors and perinatal outcomes among pacific islander groups in Hawaii: a retrospective cohort study using statewide hospital data. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Oct 05; 15:239.
19. Sentell T, Miyamura J, Ahn HJ, Chen JJ, Seto T, Juarez D. Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Congestive Heart Failure Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Oct; 17(5):1289-97.
20. Heo HH, Sentell TL, Li D, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Braun K. Disparities in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Chronic Conditions Among Korean Americans, Hawaii, 2010-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Sep 17; 12:E152.
21. Sentell T, Chang A, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J. Maternal language and adverse birth outcomes in a statewide analysis. Women Health. 2016; 56(3):257-80.
22. Sentell T, Braun KL, Davis J, Davis T. Health literacy and meeting breast and cervical cancer screening guidelines among Asians and whites in California. Springerplus. 2015; 4:432.
23. Guo MW, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, Miyamura J, Sentell TL. Length of Stay and Deaths in Diabetes-Related Preventable Hospitalizations Among Asian American, Pacific Islander, and White Older Adults on Medicare, Hawai'i, December 2006-December 2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Aug 06; 12:E124.
24. Sentell T, Zhang W, Ching LK. Insights in Public Health: The Importance of Considering Educational Inequity and Health Literacy to Understand Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2015 Jul; 74(7):244-7.
25. Sentell TL, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Juarez DT. Cost Burden of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Whites in Hawai'i. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2 Suppl):63-82.
26. Sentell TL, Tsoh JY, Davis T, Davis J, Braun KL. Low health literacy and cancer screening among Chinese Americans in California: a cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open. 2015 Jan 05; 5(1):e006104.
27. Sentell TL, Valcour N, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Nakamoto B, Chow D, Masaki K, Seto TB, Chen JJ, Shikuma C. High rates of Native Hawaiian and older Japanese adults hospitalized with dementia in Hawai'i. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jan; 63(1):158-64.
28. Sentell TL, Juarez DT, Ahn HJ, Tseng CW, Chen JJ, Salvail FR, Miyamura J, Mau MK. Disparities in diabetes-related preventable hospitalizations among working-age Native Hawaiians and Asians in Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Dec; 73(12 Suppl 3):8-13.
29. Sentell T, Marten L, Ahn HJ, Qui Y, Chen JJ, Miyamura J, Chow D, Shikuma C. Disparities in hospitalizations among HIV positive individuals for Native Hawaiians and Asians compared to Whites in Hawai'i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Oct; 73(10):308-14.
30. Sentell T, Chang A, Cheng Y, Miyamura J. Maternal quality and safety outcomes for Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i: an observational study from five years of statewide data. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Aug 30; 14:298.
31. Pacheco M, Sentell T, Katz AR. Under-reporting of pelvic inflammatory disease in Hawaii: a comparison of state surveillance and hospitalization data. J Community Health. 2014 Apr; 39(2):336-8.
32. Sentell T, Unick GJ, Ahn HJ, Braun KL, Miyamura J, Shumway M. Illness severity and psychiatric hospitalization rates among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Nov 01; 64(11):1095-102.
33. Sentell T, Zhang W, Davis J, Baker KK, Braun KL. The influence of community and individual health literacy on self-reported health status. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Feb; 29(2):298-304.
34. Choy L, Dela Cruz MR, Hagiwara M, Hee Heo H, Peacock T, Pearce MG, Usagawa T, Sentell T. Insights in public health: taxing sugar sweetened beverages to improve public health: policy action in Hawai'i. Doctoral Health Policy Seminar, Spring 2013. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2013 Aug; 72(8):286-91.
35. Sentell TL, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, Tseng CW, Chen JJ, Salvail FR, Miyamura J, Mau ML. Comparison of potentially preventable hospitalizations related to diabetes among Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese elderly compared with whites, Hawai'i, December 2006-December 2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Jul 25; 10:E123.
36. Sentell T, Dela Cruz MR, Heo HH, Braun KL. Health literacy, health communication challenges, and cancer screening among rural native Hawaiian and Filipino women. J Cancer Educ. 2013 Jun; 28(2):325-34.
37. Juarez D, Goo R, Tokumaru S, Sentell T, Davis J, Mau M. Association Between Sustained Glycated Hemoglobin Control and Healthcare Costs. Am J Pharm Benefits. 2013; 5(2):59-64.
38. Sentell T, Braun KL, Davis J, Davis T. Colorectal cancer screening: low health literacy and limited English proficiency among Asians and Whites in California. J Health Commun. 2013; 18 Suppl 1:242-55.
39. Sentell T. Implications for reform: survey of California adults suggests low health literacy predicts likelihood of being uninsured. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 May; 31(5):1039-48.
40. Juarez DT, Sentell T, Tokumaru S, Goo R, Davis JW, Mau MM. Factors associated with poor glycemic control or wide glycemic variability among diabetes patients in Hawaii, 2006-2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:120065.
41. Sentell T, Braun KL. Low health literacy, limited English proficiency, and health status in Asians, Latinos, and other racial/ethnic groups in California. J Health Commun. 2012; 17 Suppl 3:82-99.
42. Sentell TL, He G, Gregg EW, Schillinger D. Racial/ethnic variation in prevalence estimates for United States prediabetes under alternative 2010 American Diabetes Association criteria: 1988-2008. Ethn Dis. 2012; 22(4):451-8.
43. Sentell T, Baker KK, Onaka A, Braun K. Low health literacy and poor health status in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i. J Health Commun. 2011; 16 Suppl 3:279-94.
44. He G, Sentell T, Schillinger D. A new public health tool for risk assessment of abnormal glucose levels. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Mar; 7(2):A34.
45. Sentell T, Shumway M, Snowden L. Access to mental health treatment by English language proficiency and race/ethnicity. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:289-93.
46. Howard DH, Sentell T, Gazmararian JA. Impact of health literacy on socioeconomic and racial differences in health in an elderly population. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Aug; 21(8):857-61.
47. Sentell TL, Halpin HA. Importance of adult literacy in understanding health disparities. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Aug; 21(8):862-6.
48. Shumway M, Sentell T, Unick G, Bamberg W. Cognitive complexity of self-administered depression measures. J Affect Disord. 2004 Dec; 83(2-3):191-8.
49. Shumway M, Sentell TL. An examination of leading mental health journals for evidence to inform evidence-based practice. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Jun; 55(6):649-53.
50. Shumway M, Sentell T, Chouljian T, Tellier J, Rozewicz F, Okun M. Assessing preferences for schizophrenia outcomes: comprehension and decision strategies in three assessment methods. Ment Health Serv Res. 2003 Sep; 5(3):121-35.
51. Sentell TL, Ratcliff-Baird B. Literacy and comprehension of Beck Depression Inventory response alternatives. Community Ment Health J. 2003 Aug; 39(4):323-31.
52. Sentell TL, Shumway MA. Low literacy and mental illness in a nationally representative sample. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2003 Aug; 191(8):549-52.
53. Pingitore DP, Scheffler RM, Sentell T, West JC. Comparison of psychiatrists and psychologists in clinical practice. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Aug; 53(8):977-83.
54. Murphy PW, Davis TC, Mayeaux EJ, Sentell T, Arnold C, Rebouche C. Teaching nutrition education in adult learning centers: linking literacy, health care, and the community. J Community Health Nurs. 1996; 13(3):149-58.
55. Mayeaux EJ, Murphy PW, Arnold C, Davis TC, Jackson RH, Sentell T. Improving patient education for patients with low literacy skills. Am Fam Physician. 1996 Jan; 53(1):205-11.
56. Mayeaux EJ, Davis TC, Jackson RH, Henry D, Patton P, Slay L, Sentell T. Literacy and self-reported educational levels in relation to Mini-mental State Examination scores. Fam Med. 1995 Nov-Dec; 27(10):658-62.

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