Public Health Student Receives Research Internship Award

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Janice Hata, BS in Public Health student and member of HPU's Residential Honors Program, was selected for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). From over 300 applications nationwide, Hata was one of 75 students chosen to participate in this prestigious program. This award will fund her salary and travel related to the research project of Scott Okamoto, MSW, Ph.D. (principal investigator and professor, HPU School of Social Work), titled "The Development and Evaluation of the Ho‘ouna Pono Drug Prevention Curriculum," which is a federally-funded project focused on the development and evaluation of a culturally grounded drug prevention program for Native Hawaiian youth.