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About Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19

A Community-Driven Approach to Mitigate COVID-19 Disparities
in Hawaii’s Vulnerable Populations

The Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19 (PAAC) is formed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Hawaii and the AHARO Community Health Centers. The collective goal is to expand testing in the community and empower educators, students and their families with COVID-19 education tools and more effective connections with public health services, especially those provided by the AHARO Community Health Centers, including the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and the Waimanalo Health Center on Oʻahu, Bay Clinic and Hamakua-Kohala Health Center on Hawaiʻi Island, and Molokaʻi Health Center on Molokaʻi.

Meet The Leadership Team

Ruben Juarez

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Director of Data Coordination and Evaluation and Principal Investigator

(Professor in Economics and UHERO, CSS)


Jerris R Hedges

Principal Investigator, Ola HAWAII

Grant NIH/NIMHD U54MD007601

(Professor & Dean, JABSOM)


May Okihiro

Director of Human Subjects Unit and Co-Director of Community Partner and Principal Investigator

(Associate Professor in Pediatrics, JABSOM and Senior Pediatrician at WCCHC)


Alika Maunakea

Director of Testing Capacity and Principal Investigator 

(Associate Professor in Epigenomics and Health Disparities, JABSOM


Pauline Chinn

Co-Director of Community Partner Unit

 (Professor in Curriculum Studies, COE)

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Marjorie Mau

Director of Community and Scientific Advisory Board

(Professor in Department of Native Hawaiian Health, JABSOM)


Romelynn Stein

Project Manager

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