The Prevalence, Distribution and Correlates of Disability and Comorbidity in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Aging Population: Results of a Population-based Study

Sela Panapasa
Associate Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research


This project undertakes the first systematic analysis of the 2014 Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander-National Health Interview Survey (NHPI-NHIS) to understand the burden of disease and disability among the aging NHPI population. This project will provide important baseline information on the aged NHPI population and inform future directions for research, intervention, and policy.


  • Panapasa, S and McNally, S. 2020. Prevalence of Chronic Disease and Frailty: Results from the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey, 2014. American Public Health Association 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo. October 24-28, 2020
  • Panapasa S, McNally JW. Prevalence and Correlates of Associated Comorbidities Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Older Adults. Innov Aging. 2018;2(Suppl 1):175. Published 2018 Nov 11. doi:10.1093/geroni/igy023.631
  • Panapasa, S. 2019. The prevalence, distribution and correlates of disability and comorbidity in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander aging population. 2nd annual MiCDA Pilot Project Symposium. March 28, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI.