DanielsS OMH 2019


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [PDF download]:   October 24, 2019

(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i) – Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, has been appointed by Hawai‘i Department of Health Director Bruce S. Anderson to serve on the department’s Tobacco Prevention & Control Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board is responsible for developing a strategic plan for tobacco prevention and control, including developing effective programs, identifying benchmarks and initiating standards for evaluation, and assessing the effectiveness of such programs.

“I look forward to serving with my colleagues to develop effective strategies that will reduce the use of tobacco in all its forms throughout Hawai‘i,” said Dr. Daniels.  “I have admired the progress of the tobacco prevention and control program as it has carried out its work to identify priority populations and strategize toward improving health outcomes.”

The State’s 2016-2020 Tobacco Use Prevention and Control in Hawai‘i Five Year Strategic Plan identifies Native Hawaiians as a priority population due to smoking prevalence that is higher among Native Hawaiians than other ethnicities, particularly among high school students. 

“I’m particularly committed to bringing the wisdom and experiences from Hawaiian communities to this effort,” says Dr. Daniels.

As executive director of the Hawaiian health board, Dr. Daniels leads efforts to improve the overall health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and their families, through strategic partnerships, programs and public policy. This appointment, effective immediately, shall serve out the remainder of a three-year term that began July 1, 2017.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Dr. Daniels received her bachelor’s in family resources from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She carries a master’s in counseling psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a doctorate from Argosy University, and holds several license certifications. Dr. Daniels is actively involved in various community organizations on Maui and O‘ahu, including Hawaiian language education.


Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

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