8th Annual Hawaiʻi Conference on Language Access (August 14, 2015)

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 in Conferences, OLA Posts

8th Annual Hawaiʻi Conference on Language Access – Friday, August 14, 2015 

This conference presented the challenges to achieving language access and social justice for Hawaiʻi’s residents from the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations, (the Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae); the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and the Republic of Palau) – with a special focus on: Health Care, Homelessness, and Education.

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Mark A. Chandler

Mark Chandler– Director, Community Planning & Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD Community Planning and Development Programs





Josie Howard 2015

Josie Howard

Josie Howard– Executive Director, We Are Oceania

Working with us Natives from the Micronesian Islands





Sheldon Riklon photo

Sheldon Riklon, M.D.

Sheldon Riklon, M.D.– Assistant Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Chair, Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition

“Compact of Free Association Nations: Geopolitics & Culture”





IMG_3989_Neal Palafox

Neal A. Palafox, M.D., M.P.H.

Neal A. Palafox, M.D./M.P.H.– Professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Language Access – Health Literacy 8-14-2015





Jojo Peter At State Cap - Copy (2)

Joakim JoJo Peter

Joakim “JoJo” Peter– Doctoral candidate College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, COFA Community Advocacy Network, Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition, We Are Oceania, Micronesian Advocacy Network, Micronesian United, FAS Empowerment, Nations of Micronesia

Language Access, Social Justice & Hawaii’s COFA Residents




Glory Gervacio 2015

Glory Gervacio Saure

Glory Gervacio Saure– Director of the Honolulu Local Office, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Hawai`i’s COFA Communities






Christina Perez

Christina L. Perez– U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary,  Office of Minority Health in Region IX, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health as the Regional Minority Health Consultant

COFA Migrant Legal Status in the U.S.




Tina A. Takashy

Tina A. Takashy

Tina A. Takashy– Advocate/Consultant, Devint Micronesia

Understanding the COFA Homelessness Challenge in Hawaii





Barbara Tom, RN/PHN

Barbara Tom, RN/PHN

Barbara Tom- RN/PHN, Chair, Nations of Micronesia Committee

Micronesian Interpreters Training and Challenges





Jun Yang

Jun Yang

Jun Yang- Executive Director of the Mayor’s Housing Office, City and County of Honolulu

Housing First: the City’s Coordinated Approach to Addressing Chronic Homelessness





Dina R. Yoshimi, Ph.D.

Dina R. Yoshimi, Ph.D.

Dina R. Yoshimi, Ph.D.– Director, Hawaiʻi Language Roadmap Initiative, and Associate Professor, College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

An Overview of the Hawaii State Seal of Biliteracy