Mission Statement

 Aloha! Talofa! Malo e lelei! Hafa Adai! Ia Ora na!

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“To improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific Islanders through community driven and culturally tailored programs aimed at reducing health disparities.”

Current Project: PIC Health Study, Funded by the American Cancer Society, January 2013-March 2015

The goal of this project is to work with the Pacific Islander community in San Diego County to gather information that will inform culturally appropriate strategies to promote health. An advisory board of community leaders, members, and health professionals will help guide and monitor the project. The information gathered and partnerships built through PIC Health will lay the foundation for future approaches in community-based participatory research that aim to decrease health disparities in the Pacific Islander community.

Update April 2015: We are extremely grateful to have had over 163 participants in the PIC Health Study! We are currently doing community presentation and data entry. If you’re interested, please email us pichealth@gmail.com. We’re planning an end-of-year event to share our results with you and get community feedback on the development of future health programs!


PIC Health is proud to start tweeting information about health, education, and other resources for Pacific Islanders!

— PIC Health (@pichealth)  June 5, 2013

Pacific Islander Community (PIC) Health

SDSU Research Foundation | Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH)


Phone: (619) 500-7064

(c) 2015 | http://www.pichealth.org

Great Update!!

Here is a great update we’d like to share.

Dr. Holub is now an assistant professor at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) under the Masters Program (CSUSM MPH Program). To learn more about her role at CSUSM, click the link provided and learn more about her role and the Masters Program. Meet The Faculty at CSUSM

Also, did you know that CSUSM has strong commitment towards their Community Engagement Division!?
Learn more at CSUSM Community Engagement Division!!!

PIC Health & Leadership Program March Updates!

PIC Health and Leadership Program is well underway! We’re still recruiting for more Pacific Islander community members to participate in our program!

If you meet these requirements and want to participate :  

  • Age 18 years +
  • Identify as Pacific Islander (e.g., Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan,…)
  • Currently exercise less than 150 minutes per week

Please Contact: Dr. Christina Holub at (619) 500-7064 or Email us at : pichealth@gmail.com

Tell a friend, family member or  anyone you think would qualify!

We hope to see you soon!


Here are some of the fun activities we’re doing during the exercise portion of our program




Circuit Training:

You don’t want to miss out on this! Exercise classes take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays at Rawmana Fitness 4237 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 and on Saturdays at a location to be determined depending on the activity.

Pacific Islander Community Health is looking for Fall interns!!

Dr. Christina Holub has been awarded a grant from UCSD’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute, titled “Increasing Physical Activity through a Culturally Tailored, Community-led Intervention among Pacific Islanders: The Rawmana Fitness Pilot Study”. This is a continuation of PIC Health’s effort to address health disparities in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community at SDSU’s Institute for Behavioral and Community Health. This pilot study aims to increase the physical activity (PA) levels of NHPIs through a 12-week culturally-tailored intervention in San Diego County. The overarching goal is to foster an academic-community relationship with community partner, Rawmana Fitness and prepare the organization for future full-scale research collaboration. The results of this work will inform culturally relevant strategies to promote health and reduce health disparities.

Dr. Holub is currently looking for Fall interns, with the possibility of continuing during the Spring 2016 semester for credit. Tasks include, but are not limited to: working with other organizations and community leaders in the Pacific Islander community, recruitment of community health promoters/stakeholders, participant recruitment, screening, and interviews, coordination of our PA program and trainings, help with research trainings, development of a supplemental food and nutrition program, short literature reviews, survey administration, data entry, and general PR and communications/announcements about the project.

Dates: Apply by Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 11:59PM

Open Positions: PIC Health is looking to add 1-2 interns for the Fall 2015 semester. Please see the following PDF for more information: PIC Health CTRI Grant Intern Recruitment

This is an unpaid internship.

If interested, please send your inquiry to pichealth@gmail.com with “Intern for
PIC Health Pilot-Dr. Holub” in the subject line, or contact Dr. Holub directly at
cholub@mail.sdsu.edu. Please include the following in your email:
• A resume or CV
• Your Fall 2015 semester availability
• A short statement (250 words max) outlining your interest in the PIC Health
physical activity pilot study.