Data on children and youth will be spotlighted at March 31 Center on the Family symposium

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kathleen Tran Gauci, (808) 956-3760
Project Coordinator, Center on the Family
Posted: Feb 23, 2017

The UH Mānoa Center on the Family, a unit within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, will sponsor a symposium, "Data Matters: New Insights on our Children and Youth," on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 8 to 11:45 a.m. at the Waialae Country Club.

The syposium will showcase and discuss new studies and data on children and youth in Hawai‘i. Offering important insights on our keiki, the event will feature studies by Hawaiʻi researchers using local data sets from early childhood through emerging adulthood.

The keynote address will be presented by Bill O’Hare, PhD, president of O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC, and a former senior consultant at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the U.S.  His talk will examine the undercounting of young children in the U.S. Census and the implications of the undercount.

The panel presentation topics and speakers are:  

Early Childhood Programs in Hawai‘i: Data for Planning and Policy
Barbara DeBaryshe, PhD
Interim Director and Specialist, UH Center on the Family

Hawaiian Cultural Connections as Youth Developmental Assets
Brandon C. Ledward, PhD
Research Associate, Strategy and Innovation Group, Kamehameha Schools

The Hawai‘i Data eXchange Partnership: Education to Workforce Data Sharing
Jean Osumi, EdD
Project Director, Hawai‘i Data eXchange Partnership, Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education

Ethnic Disparities in the Hawai‘i Juvenile Justice System
Karen Umemoto, PhD
Professor and Chair, UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Homeless Children and Youth in Hawai‘i
Sarah Yuan, PhD
Associate Specialist, UH Center on the Family

Registration and parking at the March 31 syposium at the Waialae Country Club are free.  For more information and to register before the March 15 deadline, go to:

For more information about the Center on the Family, go to