Mission Statement

Our mission is to elevate the human capacity of the region to promote childhood health through formal training that is globally relevant and locally applicable in the Pacific.

About

The Children’s Healthy Living Summer Institute (CHL SI) is an outcome of the CHL Program.

CHL Mission Statement

The CHL Program’s mission, in partnership with our community, is to elevate the capacity of the region to build and sustain a healthy food and physical environment to help maintain healthy weight and prevent obesity among young children in the Pacific region.

The CHL SI contributes to CHL’s mission through providing access to a training program focused on child health and obesity prevention that is evidence-based.

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Program Outcomes & Courses

The graphic below includes CHL SI program learning outcomes, a list of courses that combine to form the program, and levels of focus beginning with the individual learner. Hover over a program learning outcome, program course, or level to see how they are interrelated.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate and apply the major concepts and methods for childhood obesity assessment, monitoring and prevention.
  2. Perform effective field assessment techniques for childhood obesity assessment, monitoring and prevention.
  3. Apply culturally appropriate strategies.
  4. Employ appropriate technology for childhood obesity assessment, monitoring and prevention.
  5. Apply principles of community-based engagement and research to their practices.
  6. Distinguish and apply evidence-based childhood obesity prevention practices.
  7. Use knowledge and skills related to childhood health policy to advocate for childhood obesity prevention.
  8. Model healthy practices as community leaders in childhood health.
  9. Demonstrate personal characteristics and leadership, management, and human relations skills appropriate to professional and community-based practice in careers related to childhood health.

Program Courses

  • Applied Professional Skills in Nutrition
  • The Science of Human Nutrition
  • Childhood Anthropometric and Dietary Assessment Field Techniques
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Childhood Health and Nutrition Monitoring in the Pacific
  • Foundations of Childhood Obesity Prevention in the Pacific
  • Culture and Child Health in the Pacific
  • Practicum in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Intrapersonal

Interpersonal

Organizational, Community, Policy

Intended Audiences

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The intended audience includes individuals who would like to develop the skills and techniques to assess, monitor, implement and evaluate opportunities to promote healthy young children. These individuals are primarily students in undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate programs such as Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Public Health, Nutrition and other related areas. The CHL SI experience is relevant to working professionals in careers such as Education, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health through providing continuing education credits.

Program Vision

Preventing Childhood Obesity

The prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of health requires a multidimensional approach, especially in the expansive and diverse Pacific Region. One empowering approach is to enhance capacity through access to training and education for obesity prevention. Training and education is a long-term investment to increase the Pacific Region’s capacity to promote child health. The delivery of culturally appropriate and regionally relevant child obesity prevention-related program will allow for students who complete the CHL SI to become leaders in promoting child health in their home jurisdictions.

Serving Stakeholders

The CHL SI will be a curriculum resource for degree programs in institutions such as the University of Hawaiʻi, Chaminade University, Hawai‘i Pacific University, Brigham Young University – Hawai‘i, Northern Marianas College, University of Guam, American Samoa Community College, College of Micronesia, Palau Community College, and the College of the Marshall Islands. In addition, the CHL SI will be accessible across other parts of the Pacific Region, such as Fiji and Australia, as well as globally.

Leveraging Partner Programs

The CHL SI will be offered under the Food Science and Human Nutrition degree program housed in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. All courses will be offered through the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College which allows for non-University of Hawai‘i students to enroll. This will allow CHL SI to work closely with other degree programs to allow for course work to be included as easily transferrable credits to those respective institutions.

Providing Access

The majority of coursework will be delivered in an on-demand, self-guided manner via distance in which students can complete material at their own pace within specified time frames. This offers the greatest flexibility for the Pacific, a region that spans more than seven time zones and the international date line. Any real-time facilitated sessions will be offered during a time period that is most feasible for all to attend. Participants will need a computer/device and reliable internet connection to participate.

Assuring Sustainability

Through a home in the Food Science and Human Nutrition degree program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College, the CHL SI will leverage these program resources to deliver coursework in a reliable and affordable manner.

Application Information

Program Enrollment

All courses will be offered through the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College which allows for non-University of Hawai‘i students to enroll. Students only need to complete a simple application to University of Hawai‘i Outreach College to enroll. International students also need to provide proof of English proficiency following application instructions in order to receive University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa credit.

Credit and Non-credit Options

The CHL SI was created using a modular format to allow flexibility for students to take multiple modules for credit or as individual modules for (non-credit) continuing education.

Course Enrollment

Once admitted into the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College, enrollment in CHL SI courses for credit will be through the MyUH system. For students wishing to receive only continuing education, course enrollment will be through the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College non-credit program.

Cost & Fees

All courses offered via distance or during summer session through University of Hawai‘i Outreach College is offered at an in-state tuition rate (~$430/credit) plus a minimal distance course fee regardless of student resident status. Cost for continuing education (non-credit) will depend on the module and will range from $10 – $40 per module.

Schedule of Course Offerings

All courses will be offered during the summer session sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i Outreach college. Summer session is divided into two Summer terms, mid-May through the beginning of July and July through mid-August.

Acknowledgements

This program is funded by the Children’s Healthy Living Program in Remote Underserved Minority Populations (CHL) Program of the Pacific Region, a US Department of Agriculture Competitive Grant, number 2011-68001-30335 (Novotny PI). CHL aims to develop capacity for child obesity prevention across the US Affiliated Pacific region in a comprehensive program that includes training, research and outreach. The training program develops curriculum and trains students from each participating jurisdiction.

We’d like to recognize individuals and programs that contributed to the development of the CHL Summer Institute:

  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Distance Course Design and Consulting Program (DCDC) for their technical expertise and work in transforming the CHL Measurement training and CHL Training academic seminars into the coursework for this institute
    • Billy Meinke – Project Manager
    • Hong Ngo – Lead Instructional Designer
    • Ari Eichelberger – Consulting Instructional Designer
    • Michelle Ann Carino – Design Team Lead
    • Faye Furotomo – DCDC Program Manager
    • Michael Rohrbacher – Technology and Distance Programs
  • CHL Measurement Workgroup, whose experience and trainings provided the basis for the nutrition and obesity assessment courses
    • Rachel Novotny – Lead Measurer and Trainer
    • Marie Kainoa Fialkowski – Co-lead Measurer and Trainer
    • Marie Kainoa Fialkowski, Kathleen Johnson & Carol Boushey – Lead measurement manual development
    • Lynne Wilkens – Lead statistician
    • Fenfang Li – Data coordinator
    • Travis Fleming – CHL American Samoa Lead
    • Reynolette Ettienne – CHL Freely Associated States of Micronesia Program Coordinator
    • Julianne Power – CHL Alaska Project Manager
  • CHL Training Workgroup, whose guidance and work, in developing the foundational and topical courses related to childhood obesity (e.g. CHL seminar series), provided the basis for courses in this institute
    • Jodi Leslie – Lead Developer & Instructor of the CHL seminar series (“Foundations of Obesity in the Pacific”, “Evidence-Based Approaches and Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention”, “Childhood Obesity Prevention: Community-Based Participatory Research in the Pacific”, “Using Policy and Advocacy in Preventing Childhood Obesity”); Facilitator, “Developing Leaders for Childhood Obesity Initiatives in the Pacific”
    • Treena Delormier – Co-Instructor of the CHL seminar series
    • Jeannie Butel & Claudio Nigg – Developers & Instructors of the CHL seminar, “Developing Leaders for Childhood Obesity Initiatives in the Pacific”, Role Modeling track
    • Donna Ching – Developer & Instructor of the CHL seminar, “Developing Leaders for Childhood Obesity Initiatives in the Pacific”, Leadership Skills track
    • Mele Kalama-Kingma & Kasey Kawamoto – Instructional Support
    • Rachel Novotny, Marie Kainoa Fialkowski, Michael Dunn, Margaret Hattori-Uchima – Training Workgroup Administration and Guidance
    • Monica Esquivel – Former CHL Trainee and CHL Summer Institute Technical Support
    • And other lecturers of individual sessions
  • CHL Administrative Team, for the administrative support of the institute  
    • Feixue Yan – CHL Administrator
  • CHL External Advisory Committee (EAC), for their support of CHL Summer Institute curriculum development
    • Kathryn Kolasa – CHL EAC member
    • Jennifer Anderson – CHL EAC member
    • Body Swinburn – CHL EAC member
    • Wendy Snowdon – CHL EAC member
    • Suzanne Murphy – CHL EAC member
  • CHL Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service (NMC-CREES), for their contribution to curriculum development and whose financial support provided the seed money to develop the institute
    • Patricia Coleman – CHL Trainee and Lead of CHL CNMI
    • Tayna Belyeu-Camacho – CHL CNMI Co-Investigator
    • Rose Castro – CHL Trainee
  • Cynthia Kahalewale for her contribution to curriculum development
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, for their support of the CHL Summer Institute
    • J. Kenneth Grace – Associate Dean for Research
    • Charles Kinoshita – Associate Dean for Instruction
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Science, for their support of housing the CHL Summer Institute in their academic programs
    • Halina Zaleski – Former Department Chair
    • Jinzeng Yang – Current Department Chair
    • Maria Stewart – Former Associate Professor and Food Science and Human Nutrition Undergraduate Degree Program Coordinator
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center, for their support of CHL Summer Institute curriculum development
    • Lani Au – Director
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center on the Family, for their support of CHL Summer Institute curriculum development
    • Barbara DeBaryshe – Specialist