Our Projects

Hawai‘i State Governor’s Office of Wellness and Resilience (Okamura, Palafu, Pascual, Primack)
  • Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Maui Wildfires Supplemental Funding (5 H79 SM082961-04)
  • Estimated Completion Date: February 2025

This one-year pilot project will support the Office of Wellness and Resilience implement and evaluate a ecological momentary assessment wellness app for behavioral health workers following the tragic August 2023 Maui wildfires. Our team will (a) participate in piloting and training of the wellness app, (b) develop a process for data use in supervision, (c) provide implementation recommendations based on user-data, and (d) evaluate the effectiveness of the wellness app in reducing burnout and vicarious trauma.

Hawaiʻi State Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division – Data to Wisdom (Okamura, Carreira-Ching, Palafu, Pascual, Primack)
  • Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (5 H79 SM082961-04) 
  • Estimated Completion Date: August 2024 

This multiyear project supports ongoing quality improvement initiatives within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. Our team is focused on efforts related to (a) behavioral health workforce development, (b) supporting trauma-informed care implementation, (c) understanding organizational climate and the learning healthcare system, and (d) managing federal reporting and multimillion dollar per year budgets. 

Hoʻouna Pono Implementation (Okamura, Carreira-Ching, Palafu, Pascual) 
  • Funder: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (U54GM138062) 
  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD 

The Hoʻouna Pono curriculum is a culturally grounded, teacher delivered, substance use prevention intervention for middle school youth. Hoʻouna Pono was developed on Hawaiʻi Island and we are currently examining implementation determinants. Our hope is to spread the curriculum to other rural and underserved areas in Hawaiʻi. 

Evaluating the Impact of Vape Access Sites: A Geospatial Analysis of the Windward School District  (Palafu, Carreira-Ching, Okamura)  
  • Funder: Hawaiʻi Pacific University Undergraduate Infrastructure Student Research Center, Team Science  
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2024

Facilitating the implementation of a prevention/intervention program, such as Hoʻouna Pono, within a community requires attention to unique contextual factors. This project aims to support the greater goal of implementing Hoʻouna Pono in the Windward School District by evaluating the extent of youth exposure to Vape access sites (I.e., vape shops).  

Quality Care Initiative Program Evaluation (Okamura, Pascual, Palafu, Primack)
  • Funder: Quality Care Initiative 
  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2025

The Baker Center Implementation Research Division and Quality Care Initiative partner with collaborators at the University of Oregon and University of Iowa to explore learning collaborative implementation outcomes and effectiveness. Our goal is to synthesize agency, therapist, and youth outcome variables across implementation initiatives across the United States to answer multilevel questions around youth evidence-based practice implementation.