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.
The Children’s Healthy Living Summer Institute (CHL SI) is an outcome of the CHL Program.
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.
The CHL SI consists of the following eight courses:
The graphic below includes CHL SI 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: