Ke’alohi Worthington joined Papa Ola Lōkahi as the Data & Research Coordinator for Hale ʻImi Hawaiʻi. Born and raised on Oʻahu, she spent the first 18 years in ʻEwa and currently resides in Mānana with her ʻohana. In her household are her kāne, grandma, niece, sister, and four dogs, creating constant chaos behind the scenes of her Zoom calls.
Having spent six years in Pittsburgh, Ke’alohi earned a BA in Neuroscience and an MPH in Epidemiology, along with minors and certificates in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is currently a PhD student in Indigenous health at the University of North Dakota. Ke’alohi’s previous advocacy work has been in Indigenous data sovereignty and the disaggregation of NHPI data at a state level during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her current focus is on Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementia, ADRD, research and traditional health interventions for dementia in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations, as well as NHPI community-led research and indigenous Pacific methodologies.
In her non-work and school-related time, Ke’alohi engages in pāpale weaving and explores house renovation as a rookie. She enjoys cooking and baking, with the fun fact that her kāne was determined to teach her how to cook after she mentioned never making anything with more than three ingredients. Ke’alohi also loves adventures with her niece, traveling when possible, and optimizing the feng shui of her house through cleaning and rearranging. Additionally, she is learning American Sign Language for her hearing-impaired niece and working on her ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi skills with her kāne.
We are proud to have Keʻalohi on board with us and excited to see what her future holds!