Micronesian Migrant Health Issues in Hawaii

Part 1: Background, Home Island Data, and Clinical Evidence

  • Seiji Yamada Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Ann Pobutsky Community Health Division Chronic Disease Management and Control Branch, Hawaii State


Increasing numbers of people from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are presenting for clinical and public health services across the U.S., especially in Hawaii. We review the impact of historical and contemporary relationships between the U.S. and these Freely Associated States on the health status and health care access of these migrants. We draw upon both epidemiological evidence and clinical experience to suggest measures to assure health care access and appropriate clinical care for these populations. We also point to potential public health measures, and indicate directions for future research.
How to Cite
Yamada, S., & Pobutsky, A. (2009). Micronesian Migrant Health Issues in Hawaii: Part 1: Background, Home Island Data, and Clinical Evidence. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 7(2), 16-31. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v7i2.2012