Assessing the Needs of Teen Healthcare in Hawaiʻi

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Project Dates

2021 – Present

Funding Source

Hawaiʻi State Department of Health


This project is a needs assessment that is focused on the needs of youth and young adults with special health care needs in the State of Hawaiʻi and is a collaboration between the Center on Disability Studies the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. We are collecting data through surveys and focus groups to better understand the current needs of teen healthcare in Hawaiʻi.


  • LGBTQ Safe Spaces, information about events, groups, and programs.
  • Kapiolani Teen Clinic, health clinic focused on the needs of teens.
  • Teenline, a telephone helpline where a teenager can talk to another teen who will listen and provide support and resources. Or call 800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863.
  • Teen Link Hawaii (TLH) provides information and referral sources for teens in Hawaii.
  • Got Transition, a federally funded national resource center focused on transition to adult health care.

Crisis Resources

  • Suicide prevention lifeline (call or chat) 1-800-273-8255.
  • Hawaiʻi Text Hotline: Text ALOHA to 741741
  • Hawaiʻi CARES (Coordinated Access Resource Entry System: Call Oahu 832-3100, Neighbor Islands 1-800-753-6879
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (COVID-19 coping): call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Principal Investigator

Kiriko Takahashi, Ph.D. is an Associate Specialist at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS). Her projects at CDS range in scope from basic and applied research to demonstration projects. Her research interests include transition of students with disabilities in the STEM pipeline, on culturally responsive teaching, on inclusive education, and on Universal Design for Learning and the use of assistive technology. She also teaches graduate courses in Disability & Diversity Studies. Originally from Japan, she is also involved in multiple international activities and research. She jointly organizes an International Disability Inclusion Symposium on Higher Education and Disability (IDIS) with her…


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Maya Matheis, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, her PhD in clinical psychology at Louisiana State University, and her postdoctoral training at the UC Davis MIND Institute, where she completed the Autism Research Training Program (ARTP). Her clinical specialization is in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research interests focus on community-based implementation of interventions for ASD, with particular emphasis on training and…


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