Pictured from left: Total Healthcare Community Manager Lorenzo Kaisara with PYHE coordinator Esmerelda Lo Tam, and former Miss Samoa Janine Tuivaiti
Improving health literacy among Pasifika youth in a bid to reduce the risk of premature death was the aim of the inaugural Pacific Youth Health Expo (PYHE) held in Auckland before lockdown.
Seventy per cent of premature non-disease related Pasifika deaths can be linked to behaviours and habits that form in adolescence. In response, the expo was organised by Ei8ght Sports to empower youth to take control of their own health and wellbeing and the result was an outstanding attendance of over 200.
Participants heard from health professionals and researchers addressing health literacy, digital addiction, mental health, rheumatic fever prevention, mother and child health and healthy relationships.
Total Healthcare and Tāmaki Health were sponsors of the two-day event and our community manager Lorenzo Kaisara volunteered his time to act as master of ceremonies.