2016 Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Health Summit: Reducing Obesity & Related Chronic Diseases

June 24-25, 2016 • Carson, California

The 2016 Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Health Summit: Reducing Obesity & Related Chronic Diseases thanks our generous sponsors:


The 2016 NHPI Health Summit was the first national-level effort in the U.S. to address the obesity epidemic that plagues our Pacific Islander community. Representatives from more than 30 community-based organizations, churches, health institutions, federal and local government departments, and businesses across the country worked together to make this inaugural event a success!


Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) are one of the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States, contributing greatly to the economic, military, and political fabric of American life. As of the 2010 Census, over 1.2 million NHPI live in the U.S., comprising about 0.4% of our nation’s total population.

Members of our NHPI community are dying at an alarming rate due to obesity and related chronic diseases. The disparities in statistics, research, and policy are stark. For example, diabetes, heart disease and cancer are the fastest growing cause of death for NHPIs. In contrast, the number of diabetes-related deaths for all other racial groups decreased between 2005 and 2010.


The two-day summit’s mission is to help reduce obesity and related chronic diseases in the NHPI community. We will accomplish this through:

  • Engaging a national collaboration to provide an array of culturally relevant health, nutrition, and fitness information, advocacy training, and community resources for NHPIs and other underserved communities. Practitioners will share best practices that address the alarming rates of childhood and adult obesity and related chronic diseases.
  • Educating the NHPI community about practices and resources for improving and maintaining health and wellness, as well as accessing qualified healthcare professionals and information.
  • Empowering NHPI community members and organizations to build and strengthen connections to healthcare service providers, researchers, academic medical centers, fitness experts, and policymakers to promote best practices and maximize resources.


Day 1 of the summit will feature round tables, panel discussions, and lectures all aimed at providing invaluable information and building community networks. Day 2 will offer numerous informational and health screening vendors, mobile clinics, family fitness activities, motivational guest speakers, and entertainers. The summit will draw hundreds of participants of all ages.


To find out more about the 2016 NHPI Health Summit, contact us at NHPIHealthSummit@gmail.com.