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Through funding from the Institutional Development Award Networks of Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR), the Center for Pacific Innovations, Knowledge, and Opportunities (PIKO) has been established to foster the development and to facilitate the implementation of innovative and evidence-based clinical and translational (CTR) projects aimed at improving the health of Indigenous Pacific People (IPP, defined as Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Filipinos) and other underserved populations in Hawaii. The PIKO collaborative, which represents a partnership between the University of Hawaii (UH), Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH), and a large statewide network of 18 practice-based organizations (PBO) and other community-based organizations (CBO), will develop new and leverage existing resources to ensure real-world impact.

Coordinated activities involve seven Cores:

  • Administrative (ADMIN)
  • Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)
  • Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO)
  • Clinical Research and Regulatory Support (CRRS)
  • Pilot Projects Program (PPP)
  • Professional Development (PD)
  • Tracking and Evaluation (TE)

The goal of PIKO will be achieved by the following overall Specific Aims:

  • Aim 1: Build a robust CTR infrastructure.
  • Aim 2: Strengthen and diversify the CTR workforce.
  • Aim 3: Disseminate and Implement CTR findings.
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