Social Networks Impact Individual Health and Behaviors

Having studied over 400 individuals from around Oahu, preliminary results of our study shows how MA'O, a program that is not specifically designed around health, does impact the health of their interns, their social networks and the Wai'anae community at large. This ranges from a reduction on diabetes risk of 60% among interns to healthcare cost-savings of over $120,000 per year. More results will be provided to the community via reports, presentations, and research papers. Stay tuned. For now, here are some of our preliminary results.

Future Steps

Health disparities afflict our communities beyond Wai'anae. We hope to expand this study to other regions in Hawai'i. If you have ideas or would like to support this project, please contact us.


Join the study

Join the first study in Hawai'i relating social networks and health. You will be redirected to the University of Hawai'i, where any information that you share will be safely stored.