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Native Hawaiians, Filipinos report lower well-being and health since pandemic, survey finds

A new survey has found that Native Hawaiians and Filipinos in Hawaiʻi are reporting lower health and well-being ratings since the pandemic.

According to Big Island Now, the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) conducted a health survey of Hawai’i residents. The subsequent report was released on July 12, titled, “Shaping Health in Hawaiʻi: The Influences of Poverty, Housing and Food Insecurity.”

The survey found that most Hawai’i residents consider their health to be good or excellent since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, there were differences in health satisfaction among ethnic groups. According to Kaui Now News, the survey found that Native Hawaiians and Filipinos tended to report lower health ratings than White people and non-Filipino Asians.

“The survey underscores the intricate links among health, socio-economic status and lifestyle conditions in shaping individual well-being,” said lead researcher Ruben Juarez, UHERO-HMSA Endowed Professor in Health Economics, according to Big Island Now. “The pervasive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly long-COVID, highlight the continuous need for multifaceted interventions that address economic stability, housing security and equitable healthcare.”

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