Acknowledging, embracing, practicing Pacific worldviews on a global scale

Research into Pacific people’s health conceptualizations is of benefit to both the local populations as well as contributing to the global efforts to address societal health outcomes.  Within the immediate context, research into Pacific perceptions of health and wellbeing provides a valuable avenue for acknowledging the wealth of knowledge Pasifika people have.  Such research also provides a culturally respectful and relevant foundation from which to address population health within Pacific islands and their diasporic communities.

Growing evidence also points to the importance of social ties for better health  and increased life span.  The essence of a Pacific community rests on collective identities and communal practices.  As such, Pasifika worldviews of social ties and collective efficacy can play an integral role in improving population health outcomes globally.

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