Mānoa: $ 2.85 million grant to improve the health and well-being of native Hawaiian youth awarded to UH
A $ 2.85 million US Department of Education The Native Hawaiian Education Grant will support a program to improve the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of Native Hawaiian youth.
I Paʻa Ka Huewai Pawehe, which translates to ‘so that our precious water gourds may be made firm’, is a three-year university in Hawaiʻi in Mānoa College of Education program that will initiate, expand and improve the teaching and delivery of health education, physical education and physical activity through culturally relevant and trauma-informed teaching practices.
Associate Professor Erin E. Centeio of Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences is the grant recipient.
“This is an incredible opportunity to design and implement culturally relevant health and wellness programs that will bring significant resources to our schools and the keiki they serve,” said Centeio. “Especially in the past year and a half with COVID-19, we know that our young people need support and knowledge to improve their social, emotional and physical well-being, and we can’t wait to get started. ”
A collaborative effort
Under the direction of the Centeio and the College of Education Primary school teacher training institute Director Ku’ulei Serna, I Paʻa Ka Huewai Pawehe is a partnership between UH Mānoa, Hawaii Department of Education, Hawaii Department of Health and Hip Hop Public Health.
The program will strategically partner with 20 schools, spanning four complex areas, all with a large population of native Hawaiian students.
Serna, who is the health and trauma content expert, said: “I am delighted to be working with our partners and schools to deliver intentional programs aimed at supporting the health and well-being of some of our people. most vulnerable populations in Hawaii, older youth and native Hawaiians. ”
There are four components of I Paʻa Ka Huewai Pawehe:
Professional development and implementation of culturally relevant and trauma-informed teaching strategies
Professional development and implementation of quality health education and physical education
Integration of physical activity throughout the school day that incorporates socio-emotional learning, science and math, and Native Hawaiian history and culture
Incorporating dual credit courses to help recruit indigenous Hawaiian youth into health professions and instill the importance of overall health in life.
“This grant will allow us to implement what we believe is fundamentally true about the education of the ‘child as a whole.’ Promoting healthy social, mental, emotional and physical behaviors has a positive impact on academic success, ”said Serna.