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University of Hawaii Research Physician Maintains Focus on Pacific Islander Health

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The last 25 years of Dr. Palafox's career has been focused on improving health capacity and health policy toward reducing health disparities in Pacific Islander populations.

Neal Palafox M.D. is a professor in the John Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center who has worked for over a quarter of a century to improve health outcomes for Pacific Islanders, including Marshallese. Palafox discusses his ongoing National Cancer Institute grant-funded research, the cancer incidence in the Marshall Islands — a ground zero U.S. Cold War nuclear bomb test site — and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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