Valerie Yontz, RN, MPH, PhD
Valerie Yontz is Associate Specialist and Practice Coordinator at the University of Hawaii (UH) Manoa Office of Public Health Studies, Department of Public Health Sciences.
experience in the Hawaii community, Dr. Yontz helps make linkages and placements for the university's MPH students' field practica.
Valerie's teaching areas include health services, administration, planning, cultural competency, health policy, and gerontology.
has participated in research on aging issues, health disparities, community-based participatory research, public health workforce training, and end-of-life decision making.
Prior to UH, Dr. Yontz worked 10 years at Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Family Comprehensive Services, a federally funded community health center that served low-income public housing residents on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
Valerie was the Quality Assurance Officer for this health center and created many major components of KKV's quality improvement system.
As a gerontologist, Valerie's primary focus was the development of the health center's highly successful community-based elderly service program.
The program became well-known to aging agencies for demonstrating that elders can exercise, eat right, improve their health, and age more successfully while staying longer in their own homes.
Valerie has also served as Health Services Director for an assisted living facility and as Hospice Hawaii's Patient Care Coordinator before joining UH faculty.
Dr. Yontz has worked as an emergency room nurse, home health nurse, tuberculosis monitoring nurse, and nursing consultant.
transcultural nursing background, she
has worked overseas in Liberia, West Africa, training village health workers as a Peace Corps volunteer, and in Thailand, Malaysia, and throughout Southeast Asia, teaching and training Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees about health education topics and healthy behavior practices.