Inaugural Kekuni Blaisdell, M.D. lectureship and conference to focus on bridging Western and traditional healing practicesUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
The conference is being made possible through an endowment by Dr. Osamu Fukuyama, cardiologist and 1976 JABSOM graduate. Fukuyama‘s donation has also allowed for the creation of an endowment and lectureship in Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell‘s honor.
NHCOE at JABSOM began in 1991 funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to address the vision of improving the health of all Native Hawaiians. To address this vision the NHCOE targets several program areas including faculty development, curriculum development, research, retention and health and information resources.
A growing interest in acceptance of complementary and alternative healing practices has led to this year‘s conference theme where participants will explore how traditional Native Hawaiian and Western healing practices could work in conjunction with each other.
Dr. Isabella Abbott, well-known author, botanist, limu specialist and cultural historian, designated a "Living Treasure of Hawai'i" in 2005, will be the first lectureship at the conference and will be among those paying tribute to Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell at an evening reception in Dr. Blaisdell‘s honor.