Sela V Panapasa
Dr. Panapasa’s research focus examines the role socio-demographic change plays in the health and well-being of island populations across the lifecourse. In her early research she studied family support and intergenerational exchanges among aged Pacific Islanders living in the US and Pacific region. These works examined change among elderly living arrangements and headship status as a response to demographic and socioeconomic shifts from modernization and development. Her current research will establish baseline information to address and eliminate health disparities among Native Hawaiian other Pacific Islanders living in the United States (funded by the National Cancer Institute and National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities). She is also reviewing the quality of health data resources in the US Territories (funded by the US Department of Interior) and working with these governments to improve the use of these data to measure disease processes and health concerns. Her interests include family demography, race and ethnicity, measuring health disparities and comparative studies.
- Panapasa, Sela V, Williams, David R., Baumhofer, N Kau'i, Cook, E Francis, Roberto, Christina A. 2019. Sociodemographic factors influencing island foods consumption in the Pacific Islander Health Study. Ethnicity & Health
- Panapasa, Sela V, Galinsky, Adena M, Simile, Catherine , Zelaya, Carla E, Norris, Tina . 2019. Surveying Strategies for Hard-to-Survey Populations: Lessons From the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey. American Journal of Public Health 109(10):1384-1391.
- Panapasa, Sela V, Williams, David R., Baumhofer, N Kau'i, Cook, E Francis. 2018. Association of cultural affinity and island food consumption in the Pacific Islander health study. Ethnicity & Health :1-17.
- Panapasa, Sela V, McNally, James W, Heeringa, Steven G, Williams, David R.. 2015. Impacts of Long-Term Obesity on the Health Status of Samoan and Tongan Men in the United States: Results from the Pacific Islander Health Study. Ethnicity & disease 25(3):279-286.
- Panapasa, Sela V, Private: Jackson, James Sidney, Caldwell, Cleopatra Howard, Heeringa, Steven G, McNally, James W, Williams, David R., Coral, D , Taumoepeau, L , Young, L , Young, S , Fa'asisila, S . 2012. Community-based participatory research approach to evidence-based research: lessons from the Pacific Islander American Health Study. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 6(1):53-8. PMCID: PMC4156312.
- Weir, David R, Panapasa, Sela V, Cook, W , Ro, M , Ko, K , Bautista, R , Asato, L , Corina, C , Cabllero, J , Islam, N . 2012. Improving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health: national organizations leading community research initiatives. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 6(1):33-41. PMCID: PMC3582335.
- Panapasa, Sela V, McNally, James W, Williams, David R., Mau, M K. 2010. Mortality Patterns of Native Hawaiians Across Their Lifespan: 1990-2000. American Journal of Public Health 100(11):2304-2310. PMCID: PMC2951954.
- Panapasa, Sela V. 2009. Social, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics of Pacific Islanders. Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action
- Panapasa, Sela V. 2007. Introduction on Social Support. Experiencing Aging: A Social Gerontology Reader
- Panapasa, Sela V, Maharaj, J . 2003. Oral health of older adults in Fiji: 1985-1999. Pacific Health Dialog 10(28-34)