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2012 Pacific Research Networking Grant

3 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Tupa'ilevaililigi Ridvan Firestone
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Networking Project
Lay summary
Recently, we obtained a research development grant (HRC 12/712) to pre-test and formalise a study protocol, and to address any feasibility issues, for a study to examine the 'life-course of obesity and metabolic disease risk factors in young Pacific people'. Part of this contract included identifying various Pacific Health providers to collaborate on a larger study. The work to be completed from the HRC 12/712 grant will be used as the basis for a full application to the Pacific Partnership Grant. This application aims to: (1) Host a workshop meeting in Wellington for all NZ-based co-investigators in early July 2012. The workshop will be a full-day event, to consult about the learning's from the work conducted under the HRC12/712 contract, and this will inform the full application for the study. The workshop will provide a forum for all co-investigators to openly discuss and refine the main research questions, methods and main outcomes in alignment with all six of the priority outcomes and actions listed under the 'Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2010-2014' strategy. (2) Consolidate the support of two main Pacific Health providers (identified under contract HRC 12/712) by inviting them to meet the research team, collaborate at the workshop to develop a 'unity of vision' of the research strategy, develop a framework for a new Pacific Health Model, and consult on a community health programme that best fits the Pacific community's interest, resources and capacity. This will be one of the primary outcomes of the full study. (3) Meet with A/P Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula in Auckland (29 June) with Ridvan Firestone to foster an international research collaboration by identifying common links in the work completed by A/P Kaholokula in native Hawaiians, and how it could be translated to Pacific peoples in New Zealand.