- Position：Head and Professor
- Research：Global Health, School Health, Community Health, Health Policy
- Email：junkoba (@u-ryukyu.ac.jp)
【Researcher bate base】
- Position：Associate professor
- Research：Community health
- Email：nonakad (@u-ryukyu.ac.jp)
【Researcher bate base】https://researchmap.jp/7000003317
- Position：Assistant professor
- Research：Diabetes care
- Email：boshi (@u-ryukyu.ac.jp)
Name：Calvin S. de los Reyes
- Position：Specially Appointed Senior Lecturer
- Research：MCH, Traditional Medicine, School Health
- Email：csdelosreyes2 (@up.edu.ph)
【Researcher bate base】https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Calvin-De-Los-Reyes
Classroom seminars are actively organized into presentations and discussions between graduate students and professors to promote the students' independent learning and develop research design and planning. The cooperation with overseas research institutions such as Laos, the Philippines, and Indonesia can provide strong opportunities for conducting research overseas by graduate students.
In addition to “special lectures on Global and community health”, many subjects related to public health are opened based on lectures and discussions in English. For example, “Health in Asia-Pacific region” Explains the global health policy and its implementation in low- and middle-income countries, and also invites top-level lecturers from cooperating institutions. In “Maternal and child nursing” and “Advanced global women's health”, the policy and practical approaches related to maternal and child health are discussed from a global perspective including in gender issues. In particular, participating in JICA assignment-specific training has duties for learning as an interactive way to communicate with front liners in low- and middle-income countries. “Public health research” and “Advanced public health research” comprehensively explains the research methods such as epidemiology, statistics, research design, and data management required for planning and conducting public health research in English.
Here, we study global health research for vulnerable populations. In Laos, we performed community health research in poor remote areas where ethnic minorities live. On the basis of malaria control research, we are now working with other community health issues such as maternal and child health as a public health priority. At the same time, the benefit for local residents is considered. Thus, from 2017, the JICA Grassroots Project related to a maternal and child health has been implemented to directly assist the community. This work also addresses the issue of early pregnancy in Okinawa—a common issue in low- and middle-income countries.
School health is another research priority for low- and middle-income countries including of the core institution of JC-GSHR (Japanese Consortium for Global School Health Research), a think tank from Japan and Asia. We already have data showing the promotion of infectious disease control in primary education. We are currently addressing the issues of implementing adolescent health such as mental health and comprehensive sex education, which are now globally focused as priority topics.
In addition, we are actively addressing globally and locally important issues such as island health related to island vulnerabilities. A comprehensive approach is necessary to create a healthy island because the several health topics are challenging: communicable and non-communicable disease related to global warming, aging society, and island vulnerabilities.
A list of the publications is as follows: http://www.okinawaghealth.com/user.php?CMD=115401500000000
Title of thesis for Master or Doctor of Health Sciences
- Association between perceived threat to COVID-19 infection and ART adherence amongst people living with HIV at Mzuzu Central Hospital, Northern Malawi.
- Development of a Japanese version of the Cross-Cultural Competence instrument for Healthcare Professionals－Evaluation of its Reliability and Validity for Nurses in Okinawa－
- The process to overcome the conflicts among teachers in implementing Comprehensive Sexuality Education at public ordinary senior high schools in Mataram City, Indonesia: A Qualitative Study.
- Effects of hand washing facilities with water and soap on diarrhea incidence among children under five years in Lao People's Democratic Republic: A cross-sectional study
(Ref：Effects of hand washing facilities with water and soap on diarrhea incidence among children under five years in Lao People's Democratic Republic: A cross-sectional study. Noguchi Y, Nonaka D, Kounnavong S, Kobayashi J. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18:687. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33466953/）
- A content analysis of health information in guidebook for international students among national universities in Japan.
- Implementation status and perceptions of early mother-infant contact by midwives and nurses at delivery facilities in Okinawa.
- Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Reported Dengue Cases and Hot Spot Identification in Quezon City, Philippines, 2010-2017.
- Exploring the role of school-based education to prevent bullying among high schools in Lombok Island, Indonesia-A qualitative study.
(Ref：School-based education to prevent bullying in high schools in Indonesia Noboru T, Amalia E, Hernandez PMR, Nurbaity L, Affarah WS, Nonaka D, Takeuchi R, Kadriyan H, Kobayashi J Pediatr Int. 2021 63, 459-468 https://doi.org/10.1111/ped.14475 )
- Factors that influence women’s utilization of health facilities for delivery at the villages of minorities in Lao PDR whose physical accesses to a health facility are easy: a focused ethnography.
- （Ref：Factors influencing the choice of facility-based delivery in the ethnic minority villages of Lao PDR: a qualitative case study. Sato C, Phongluxa K, Toyama N, Gregorio ER Jr, Miyoshi C, Nishimoto F, Takayama T, Pongvongsa T, Takahashi K, Kounnavong S, Kobayashi J.
Trop Med Health. 2019 ;47:50
- ·Quality of public school toilets and the frequency of changing sanitary napkins among students in public secondary schools in the City of Manila, Philippines
- （Ref：Quality of public school toilets and the frequency of changing sanitary napkins among students in public secondary schools in the City of Manila, Philippines. Katsuno C, Gregorio ER Jr, Lomboy MFTC, Nonaka D, Hernandez PMR, Estrada CAM, Pimentel JMT, Bernadas RMGC, Kobayashi J. Trop Med Health. 2019;47:5.
- •Individual and household factors associated with incidences of village malaria in Xepon district, Savannakhet province, Lao PDR.
- （Ref：Individual and household factors associated with incidences of village malaria in Xepon district, Savannakhet province, Lao PDR. Inthavong N, Nonaka D, Kounnavong S, Iwagami M, Phommala S, Kobayashi J, Hongvanthong B, Pongvongsa T, Brey PT, Kano S. Trop Med Health. 2017 ;45:36.
- Measles and Rubella vaccination coverage in Okinawa, Japan: An ecological study.
- Empowerment of Single mother and Role of Welfare Association of Mothers with Dependents/Widows: Case study for Welfare Association of Mothers with Dependents/Widows in Okinawa Prefecture.
- Active case detection of people with asymptomatic malaria using a snowball sampling method in Thapangthong district, Lao PDR.
- Supply-Side Barriers to the Use of Public Healthcare Facilities for Childhood Illness Care in Rural Zambia: A Cross-Sectional Study Linking Data from a Healthcare Facility Census to a Household Survey. Mochida K, Nonaka D, Wamulume J, Kobayashi J. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18:5409.
- Suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviors, and attitudes towards suicide of adolescents enrolled in the Alternative Learning System in Manila, Philippines-a mixed methods study.
Estrada CAM, Nonaka D, Gregorio ER Jr, Leynes CR, Del Castillo RT, Hernandez PMR, Hayakawa T, Kobayashi J. Trop Med Health. 2019 ;47:22.
- Is the place of birth related to the mother's satisfaction with childbirth? A cross-sectional study in a rural district of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).
Takayama T, Phongluxa K, Nonaka D, Sato C, Gregorio ER Jr, Inthavong N, Pongvongsa T, Kounnavong S, Kobayashi J.
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 ;19(1):333.
- Malaria prevalence, knowledge, perception, preventive and treatment behavior among military in Champasak and Attapeu provinces, Lao PDR: a mixed methods study. Vilay P, Nonaka D, Senamonty P, Lao M, Iwagami M, Kobayashi J, Hernandez PM, Phrasisombath K, Kounnavong S, Hongvanthong B, Brey PT, Kano S. Trop Med Health. 2019;47:11
- Implementation of disaster risk reduction and management policies in a school setting in Lao PDR: a case study.
Kanyasan K, Nonaka D, Chatouphonexay A, Hernandez PM, Kounnavong S, Kobayashi J. Trop Med Health. 2018 ;46:42.
- Patients' adherence to artemisinin-based combination therapy and healthcare workers' perception and practice in Savannakhet province, Lao PDR. Takahashi E, Nonaka D, Iwagami M, Phoutnalong V, Chanthakoumane K, Kobayashi J, Pongvongsa T, Kounnavong S, Hongvanthong B, Brey PT, Kano S. Trop Med Health. 2018;46:44.