Awards &  Recognitions

Spotlight on our members who are recognized by their achievements.

Gerald Ohta receives APHA Council of Affiliates Award for Excellence at 2015 APHA National Meeting in Chicago, IL

Gerald was recognized on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Council of Affiliates Reception at the Hyatt RegencyMcCormick Place  

Gerald has been a long time public health advocate in the State of Hawaii for decades, working tirelessly in a wide range of issues affecting the citizens of our State. His long and illustrious career in public health began in the 1970’s at the Hawaii State Department of Health. He has been closely involved in HPHA activities since 1971, longer than anyone else in HPHA history. He has been an active and dedicated member of APHA since the late 1980’s, serving as Hawaii’s representative to the ARGC since 1999. He was the Region IX representative on the CoA representing CA, NV, AZ and HI for two 2-year terms. He was awarded the CoA Chair's Citation in 2008. He was on the Education Board under Mel Shipp, Cheryl Easley and Chuck Treser for 6 years. He was on the Joint Policy Committee for 6 years. He was elected by the Governing Council to the Nominations Committee for two non-contiguous terms. He termed out in 2013 after two years as chairperson of the Nominations Committee in his second term. He also represents the CoA on the Disability Team from 2013 to present, regarding disability access of the association and its meeting. Currently, Gerald is on the Action Board as a representative of the CoA (on policy committee). This is his second term. He has been appointed to continue and will be on the board until 2017. Some of his most significant contributions include advocacy for Hawaii and the Pacific, health equity and policy, as well as addressing health disparities. Gerald has served in many capacities within APHA and on the HPHA board of directors. He continues to serve and provide stability and leadership on the HPHA board and is very active with our current and future planning projects.

Photo: Pat Parker CoA chair, Nancy Shapiro, immediate past chair & Gerald Ohta


UH Manoa Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award
Dr. Alan Katz

Alan Katz, professor and graduate chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology in Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine has the privilege of interacting closely with all public health students both inside and outside the classroom. He works personally with students to assess their academic and career goals and tries to chart the best trajectory for their futures.

As current chair of the Manoa Faculty Senate’s Committee on Student Affairs, Katz works with administrators, faculty and students on issues of importance to students across the Manoa campus.

A former recipient of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, his influence continues to impact public health students at Manoa and beyond. 

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Gerald Ohta Receives APHA Award at Conference

HPHA’s Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC), Gerald Ohta, received the Committee on Affiliates 2008 Chair’s Citation at this year’s APHA conference in October. The award recognizes his exemplary work with the Committee on Affiliates (CoA). For nearly 30 years, gohtaaward.jpgGerald has been a public health leader, advocate and ambassador for Hawai‘i on the National Public Health Scene. After serving as the Hawai‘i Public Health Association President from 1980 to 1982, he later rejoined the HPHA Board and has served as the ARGC since 1999. He has also been a member of the CoA, the APHA Nominating Committee and the APHA Joint Policy Committee. 

Gerald has served as key link between public health workers in Hawai‘i and APHA Leadership, and has continuously advocated for APHA recognition of the unique public health issues faced by Hawai‘i, Alaska, and other Western states in his region. He also works diligently to keep the public health workforce in Hawai‘i informed on both local and national public health issues on everything from policy debates to training resources for our local public health workforce. The HPHA Board congratulates Gerald on his receipt of this well deserved award.

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