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Deborah A. Taira
Title Associate Professor
Faculty Rank
Degree Sc.D.
Institution University of Hawaii
Department college of pharmacy
Clusters Cancer
Cardiovascular and Related Diseases
Community Engagement
Genes and Environmental Health/Toxicology
Informatics
Obesity and Metabolic Syndromes
Women's Health and Reproductive Biology
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677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1025
City Honolulu
State HI
Postal Code 96813
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  I am a health economist with a background in public health and health policy. My research focuses on health disparities, particularly in the area of chronic disease and medication adherence. Current interests include mobile health and use of large administrative data sets to examine disparities.

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  Research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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2018HEAD START CONNECTS: INDIVIDUALIZING AND CONNECTS FAMILIES TO FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICESHHSP233201500059I/HHSP233201500059I
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2018 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION LEADERSHIP STUDY (EXCELS)HHSP233201500035I / HHSP23337038T
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2018WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE OF PROVEN AND PROMISING APPROACHES TO MOVE WELFARE RECIPIENTS TO WORKHHSP233201500035I_HHSP23337034T
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2018RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HUMAN SERVICES ANALYSIS EXECUTION PROJECTHHSP233201500064I_HHSP23337020T
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2018ASSESSING MODELS OF COORDINATED SERVICES FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIESHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337028T
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2018CHILD CARE INTERSTATE BACKGROUND CHECKS (CC-IBACS)HHSP233201500045I
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2018MOTHER AND INFANT HOME VISITING PROGRAM EVALUATION, LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP 2 (MIHOPE-LT2)HHSP233201500059I/ HHSP23337010T
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2017EXPLORING THE RELATION BETWEEN POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT AND LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.90YR0101-01
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2017ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS EXPOSED TO MALTREATMENT: EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF AN INTEGRATED EARLY HEAD START & CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM90YR0102-01
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2017LEVERAGING HOME LANGUAGES TO PROMOTE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING90YR0103-01
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2017A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH TO EXAMINING SUPPORTS FOR SELF-REGULATION SKILLS OF LATINO CHILDREN RAISED IN POVERTY90YR0104-01
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2017OBSERVING SELF-REGULATION IN CONTEXT IN HEAD START CLASSROOMS AND DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS SCHOOL READINESS90YR0105-01
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2017IMPLEMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES FOR TEACHERS AND CAREGIVERS SERVING INFANTS AND TODDLERSHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337021T
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2017ASSESSMENT AND MAPPING OF COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IN HOME VISITING (AMC-HV)HHSP233201500034I/HHSP23337002T
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2017CHILD MALTREATMENT INCIDENCE DATA LINKAGES (CMI DATA LINKAGES)HHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337022T
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2017EVIDENCE BUILDING IN TANF: ADVANCING INNOVATIONS TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALSHHSP233201500059I/HHSP23337006T
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2017HEAD START FAMILY AND CHILD EXPERIENCES SURVEY (FACES) 2019HHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337024T
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2016TWO-GENERATION APPROACHES TO IMPROVING FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCYHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337003T
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2016BUILDING CAPACITY TO EVALUATE INTERVENTIONS FOR YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WITH CHILD WELFARE INVOLVEMENT AT-RISK OF HOMELESSNESS: PHASE IIHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337013T
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2016PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF INFANT AND TODDLER CAREHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337007T
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2016ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE: HOME VISITING EVIDENCE OF EFFECTIVENESSGS-10F-0050L/HHSP233201500115G
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2016TRIBAL HOME VISITING EVALUATION INSTITUTEGS-10F-0204K/HHSP233201500114G
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2016FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY DATA CENTER90PD0272-04
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2016EVALUATION OF GOAL-DIRECTED PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPITAL AND EMPLOYER COACHING IN HEALTH PROFESSION OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT90HG1003-01
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2016CULTURE OF CONTINUOUS LEARNING PROJECT: A BREAKTHROUGH SERIES COLLABORATIVE FOR IMPROVING CHILD CARE AND HEAD START QUALITYHHSP233201500034I/HHSP23337001T
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2016DOMESTIC HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE CHILD WELFARE POPULATIONHHSP23320150039I/HHSP23337011T
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2016EVALUATION OF COACHING-FOCUSED INTERVENTIONS FOR HARD-TO-EMPLOY TANF CLIENTS AND OTHER LOW-INCOME POPULATIONSHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337018T
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2016EVALUATION OF THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE PROGRAMHHSP233201500039I/ HHSP23337007T
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2016MULTI-SITE IMPLEMENTATION EVALUATION OF TRIBAL HOME VISITING (MUSE)HHSP233201500133I/HHSP23337004T
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2016VARIATIONS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF QUALITY INTERVENTIONS: EXAMINING THE QUALITY-CHILD OUTCOMES RELATIONSHIP IN CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION (VIQI)HHSP233201500059I/HHSP23337002T
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2016DESIGN OPTIONS FOR HOME VISITING EVALUATION (DOHVE) 2.0HHSP233201500133I/HHSP23337002T
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2016ADVANCING WELFARE AND FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY RESEARCH PROJECT (FOLLOW-ON) HHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337017T
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2016HPOG UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS 2.0 RESEARCH SUPPORTHHSP233201500071I/HHSP23337011T
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2015THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF PUBLICLY-FUNDED CENTER-BASED CHILD CARE: 1990 AND 2012.90YE0165-01
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2015SUBSIDY UTILIZATION AND IMPACT ON EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS90YE0166-01
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2015PROMOTING SOCIAL COMPETENCE IN ECE: PREDICTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM EARLY EXPERIENCES IN CHILD CARE AND FAMILIES90YE0168-01
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2015THE IMPACT OF EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION IN CHILD NUTRITION, SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR AND OBESITY BY KINDERGARTEN90YE0170-01
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2015HOW PARENTAL PREFERENCES AND SUBSIDY RECEIPT SHAPE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES? CHILD CARE CHOICES90YE0171-01
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2015SUPPORTING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES: STATE VARIATIONS IN CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES AND TANF POLICIES AND CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENTAL ECOLOGIES90YE0173-01
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2015MITIGATING SUSCEPTIBILITY WITH THE CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT FUND: USING FOUR LARGE DATA SETS TO CLASSIFY RISK PROFILES AND RISK TRANSMISSION BY MODIFIABLE FACTORS90YE0175-01
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2015ARE HIGHER SUBSIDY PAYMENT RATES AND PROVIDER-FRIENDLY PAYMENT POLICIES ASSOCIATED WITH CHILD CARE QUALITY?90YE0177-01
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2015CHILD CARE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT: UNDERSTANDING LONGITUDINAL PATHWAYS TO CHILDREN?S SCHOOL READINESS90YE0178-01
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2015CONSTELLATIONS OF SUPPORT: TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HEAD START AND CHILD OUTCOMES90YE0179-01
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2015SUHMRE: SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: UPDATES TO HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAMMINGHHSP233201500064I/HHSP23337001T
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2014ASSESSING THE COST AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGH QUALITY EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION (ACIHQECE)HHSP23320095642WC-01
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2014INTERMEDIATE OUTCOMES OF CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAMSHHSP233200956WC-01
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2014CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND (CCDF) POLICIES DATABASE PROJECTHHSP23320095654WC-01
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2014EVALUATION OF DOMESTIC HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEMONSTRATION PROJECTSHHSP23320095651WC-01
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2014HOMELESS FAMILIES RESEARCH BRIEFSHHSP23320095624WC-01
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2014RESPONDING TO INTIMATE VIOLENCE IN RELATIONSHIP PROGRAMS (RIVIR)HHSP23320095651WC-01
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2014UNDERSTANDING THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN TANF AND REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE SERVICESHHSP23320095624WC-01
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2014IMPROVING CHILDREN?S WELL-BEING: IDENTIFYING MECHANISMS AND TIMING OF FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THROUGH DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION MODELING90PD0285-01
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2013MOTHER AND INFANT HOME VISITING PROGRAM EVALUATION (MIHOPE)HHSP23337003T-03
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2013STUDY OF EMPLOYMENT AND ADVANCEMENT OF RACIAL, ETHNIC AND LINGUISTIC MINORITIES90PH0021-02
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2013CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION POLICY AND RESEARCH ANALYSES (CCEEPRA)HHSP23320095631WC-01
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2013EARLY HEAD START-CHILD CARE PARTNERSHIPS STUDYHHSP23320095642WC-01
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2013EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING EVIDENCE REVIEWHHSP23320095642WC-01
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2013MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING EVALUATION (MIHOPE) IIHHSP23320095644WC-01
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2013JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE EVALUATIONHHSP23320095624WC-01
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2013CHILD CARE ADMINISTRATIVE DATA ANALYSIS90YE0148-01
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2013HEAD START UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS: DUAL GENERATION APPROACHES90YR0073-01
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2013HEAD START UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS: DUAL GENERATION APPROACHES90YR0075-01
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2013HUMAN SERVICES RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS: PUERTO RICO 90YR0072-01

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1. Sentell TL, Seto TB, Quensell ML, Malabed JM, Guo M, Vawer MD, Braun KL, Taira DA. Insights in Public Health: Outpatient Care Gaps for Patients Hospitalized with Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in Hawai''i: Beyond Access and Continuity of Care. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2020 Mar 01; 79(3):91-97.
2. Sumida W, Cassel K, Sonomura S, Lu S, Taira D. The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Scripts: A Collaborative Community-Based Sun Protection Education Program. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2020 Jan; 79(1):23-27.
3. Davis J, Lim E, Taira DA, Chen J. Healthcare network analysis of patients with diabetes and their physicians. Am J Manag Care. 2019 07 01; 25(7):e192-e197.
4. Kawakami C, Taira D, Prudencio J. Use of Psychotropic Medications by Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department After Fall-Related Injuries. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2019 07; 78(7):240-244.
5. Trinacty CM, LaWall E, Ashton M, Taira D, Seto TB, Sentell T. Adding Social Determinants in the Electronic Health Record in Clinical Care in Hawai''i: Supporting Community-Clinical Linkages in Patient Care. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2019 06; 78(6 Suppl 1):46-51.
6. Kim JK, Garrett L, Latimer R, Nishizaki LK, Kimura JA, Taira D, Sentell T. Ke Ku''una Na''au: A Native Hawaiian Behavioral Health Initiative at The Queen''s Medical Center. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2019 06; 78(6 Suppl 1):83-89.
7. Vawer M, Rutiz R, Tukuafu V, Whatley K, Hanchett K, Kahaleuahi L, Park L, Minn M, Blackburn B, Young M, Muneno A, Taira DA, Sentell T, Seto TB. Insights in Public Health: Hana Pu No Ke Ola O Hana ("Working Together for the Health of Hana"): Our 14-year CBPR Journey. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2019 03; 78(3):111-114.
8. Sentell TL, Shen C, Landsittel D, Mays MH, Southerland J, King MH, Taira DA. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Those Accompanying Medicare Patients to the Doctor: Insights from the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary''s Survey. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Aug; 20(4):776-783.
9. Malabed JM, Taira DA, Seto TB, Braun KL, Sentell T. 2017 Writing Contest Undergraduate Winner: Pathways to Preventable Hospitalizations for Filipino Patients with Diabetes and Heart Disease in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2018 07; 77(7):155-160.
10. Seto J, Davis J, Taira DA. Examining the Association Between Different Aspects of Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Disability in Hawaii. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 12; 5(6):1247-1253.
11. Husaini BA, Taira D, Norris K, Adhish SV, Moonis M, Levine R. Depression Effects on Hospital Cost of Heart Failure Patients in California: An Analysis by Ethnicity and Gender. Indian J Community Med. 2018 Jan-Mar; 43(1):49-52.
12. Taira D, Sentell T, Albright C, Lansidell D, Nakagawa K, Seto T, Stevens JM. Insights in Public Health: Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Underuse in Clinical Practice in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 11; 76(11):314-317.
13. Davis J, Penha J, Mbowe O, Taira DA. Prevalence of Single and Multiple Leading Causes of Death by Race/Ethnicity Among US Adults Aged 60 to 79 Years. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 10 19; 14:E101.
14. Taira DA, Seto BK, Davis JW, Seto TB, Landsittel D, Sumida WK. Examining Factors Associated With Nonadherence And Identifying Providers Caring For Nonadherent Subgroups. J Pharm Health Serv Res. 2017 Dec; 8(4):247-253.
15. Sutton CX, Carpenter DA, Sumida W, Taira D. 2016 Writing Contest Undergraduate Winner: The Relationship Between Medication Adherence and Total Healthcare Expenditures by Race/Ethnicity in Patients with Diabetes in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 07; 76(7):183-189.
16. Lum CJ, Nakagawa K, Shohet RV, Seto TB, Taira DA. The Cost-Benefit Balance of Statins in Hawai''i: A Moving Target. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 04; 76(4):99-102.
17. Quensell ML, Taira DA, Seto TB, Braun KL, Sentell TL. "I Need my Own Place to get Better": Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):784-797.
18. Taira DA, Shen C, King M, Landsittel D, Mays MH, Sentell T, Southerland J. Access to medications for medicare enrollees related to race/ethnicity: Results from the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 11; 13(6):1208-1213.
19. Sentell T, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Taira DA. Thirty-Day Inpatient Readmissions for Asian American and Pacific Islander Subgroups Compared With Whites. Med Care Res Rev. 2018 02; 75(1):100-126.
20. Yazdanshenas H, Bazargan M, Jones L, Vawer M, Seto TB, Farooq S, Taira DA. Engaging Gatekeeper-Stakeholders in Development of a Mobile Health Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence Among African American and Pacific Islander Elderly Patients With Hypertension. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2016 Oct 26; 4(4):e116.
21. Seto JC, Davis JW, Taira DA. E-cigarette Use Related to Demographic Factors in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 10; 75(10):295-302.
22. Fukunaga BT, Sumida WK, Taira DA, Davis JW, Seto TB. Hospital-Acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Related to Medicare Antibiotic Prescriptions: A State-Level Analysis. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 10; 75(10):303-309.
23. Tseng CW, Lin GA, Davis J, Taira DA, Yazdany J, He Q, Chen R, Imamura A, Dudley RA. Giving formulary and drug cost information to providers and impact on medication cost and use: a longitudinal non-randomized study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Sep 21; 16(1):499.
24. Nakagawa K, Ahn HJ, Taira DA, Miyamura J, Sentell TL. Ethnic Comparison of 30-Day Potentially Preventable Readmissions After Stroke in Hawaii. Stroke. 2016 10; 47(10):2611-7.
25. Nakagawa K, Lim E, Harvey S, Miyamura J, Juarez DT. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Association Between Preeclampsia Risk Factors and Preeclampsia Among Women Residing in Hawaii. Matern Child Health J. 2016 09; 20(9):1814-24.
26. Davis J, Tam E, Taira D. Disparate Rates of Utilization and Progression to Combined Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 08; 75(8):228-34.
27. Sentell TL, Seto TB, Young MM, Vawer M, Quensell ML, Braun KL, Taira DA. Pathways to potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes and heart failure: a qualitative analysis of patient perspectives. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 07 26; 16:300.
28. Sumida WK, Taniguchi R, Juarez DT. The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Scripts: Prescription Drug Pricing. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 Jan; 75(1):25-30.
29. Hagiwara M, Juarez DT, Yamada S, Miyamura J, Sentell T. Inpatient Hospitalization Costs: A Comparative Study of Micronesians, Native Hawaiians, Japanese, and Whites in Hawai''i. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 22; 13(1):ijerph13010029.
30. Sentell TL, Cheng Y, Saito E, Seto TB, Miyamura J, Mau M, Juarez DT. The Burden of Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes in Native Hawaiian and Asian American Hospitalized Patients. J Clin Transl Endocrinol. 2015 Dec 01; 2(4):115-124.
31. Juarez DT, Seto J, Guimaraes A, Masterson J, Davis J, Seto TB. Hawaii state legislator views on e-cigarettes and likelihood of legislative action. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2015 Sep-Oct; 55(5):511-6.
32. Guo MW, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, Miyamura J, Sentell TL. Length of Stay and Deaths in Diabetes-Related Preventable Hospitalizations Among Asian American, Pacific Islander, and White Older Adults on Medicare, Hawai''i, December 2006-December 2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Aug 06; 12:E124.
33. Lim E, Cheng Y, Reuschel C, Mbowe O, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, Miyamura J, Seto TB, Chen JJ. Risk-Adjusted In-Hospital Mortality Models for Congestive Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial Infarction: Value of Clinical Laboratory Data and Race/Ethnicity. Health Serv Res. 2015 Aug; 50 Suppl 1:1351-71.
34. Juarez DT, Guimaraes A, Seto B, Davis JW. Medicare reimbursement to ophthalmologists: a comparison of Hawai''i to other states. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2015 May; 74(5):169-73.
35. Sentell TL, Ahn HJ, Miyamura J, Juarez DT. Cost Burden of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Whites in Hawai''i. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015 May; 26(2 Suppl):63-82.
36. Juarez DT, Williams AE, Chen C, Daida YG, Tanaka SK, Trinacty CM, Vogt TM. Factors affecting medication adherence trajectories for patients with heart failure. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Mar 01; 21(3):e197-205.
37. Nakagawa K, Galati A, Juarez DT. The excess cost of interisland transfer of intracerebral hemorrhage patients. Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Apr; 33(4):512-5.
38. Goo RA, Ma C, Juarez DT. Disparities in medication therapy in patients with heart failure across the State of Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2015 Jan; 74(1):5-8.
39. Sentell TL, Juarez DT, Ahn HJ, Tseng CW, Chen JJ, Salvail FR, Miyamura J, Mau MK. Disparities in diabetes-related preventable hospitalizations among working-age Native Hawaiians and Asians in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Dec; 73(12 Suppl 3):8-13.
40. Juarez DT, Demaris KM, Goo R, Mnatzaganian CL, Wong Smith H. Significance of HbA1c and its measurement in the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus: US experience. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2014; 7:487-94.
41. Juarez DT, Ma C, Kumasaka A, Shimada R, Davis J. Failure to reach target glycated a1c levels among patients with diabetes who are adherent to their antidiabetic medication. Popul Health Manag. 2014 Aug; 17(4):218-23.
42. Tan C, Haumea S, Juarez DT, Grimm C. A descriptive study of Marshallese and Chuukese patients with diabetes in Hawai''i. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Jun; 73(6):168-71.
43. Juarez DT, Tan C, Davis JW, Mau MM. Using quantile regression to assess disparities in medication adherence. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jan; 38(1):53-62.
44. Davis J, Chavez B, Juarez DT. Adjustments to diabetes medications in response to increases in hemoglobin a1c: an epidemiologic study. Ann Pharmacother. 2014 Jan; 48(1):41-7.
45. Hu D, Juarez DT, Yeboah M, Castillo TP. Interventions to increase medication adherence in African-American and Latino populations: a literature review. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 Jan; 73(1):11-8.
46. Ma CS, Batz F, Juarez DT, Ladao LC. Drug take ba