The U.S. Census Bureau has named University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Maile Taualii as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. Taualii is with the Office of Public Health Studies.
Taualii is also the director of one of UH Mānoa’s newest degree-granting programs—a master in public health with Native Hawaiian and indigenous health specialization. The master’s program will accept its first students this fall. (Watch the UH News video for more on the new degree.)
“This is a great honor for the university,” said Jay Maddock, professor and director of the Office of Public Health Studies. “Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have long been undercounted or combined with Asian groups in the U.S. Census. Dr. Taualii’s expertise and voice on this group will help ensure that the Census accurately reflects these individuals as well as other indigenous populations.”
The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. Housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race, ethnicity and sexual-orientation issues are among the topics the committee will help the Census Bureau address.