Chief Executive Officer
Areas of Expertise
- Public Health
- Health Promotion and Community Empowerment
- Pacific Health Research
- Maternal and Child Health
- Trade in the Pacific
- Child Poverty
- Procurements and Contracting
- Growing Up in New Zealand Study – Pacific
- PhD candidate
Jacinta has extensive leadership and management experience in health research, public health and Pacific wellbeing in New Zealand. Her work aims to bridge government, academia and Pacific communities to champion authentic positive change for Pacific. As the founding Managing Director of Moana Research, Jacinta empowers the importance of Pacific world-views, and the prominence of self-determination in all Moana Research work, including evaluation, research and advocacy.
Jacinta has worked for Pacific health provider WestFono, as Manager Pacific Health Research with the Health Research Council, and as Senior Advisor, Pacific for the Public Health Group in the Ministry of Health. After the Ministry of Health, Jacinta was shoulder tapped to manage TAHA Pacific Maternal and Child Health Service at the University of Auckland.
Having completed her Master of Public Health (Honours), Jacinta is undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies – Growing Up in New Zealand Study, investigating the concept of Resilience among Pacific families within the cohort.
Morton, S.M.B., Grant, C.C., Walker, C.G., Berry, S.D., Meissel, K., Ly, K., Marks, E.J., Underwood, L., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Wilson, S., Pillai, A., Kim, H. (2018). Growing Up in New Zealand: A longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families. Transition to school. Auckland: Growing Up in New Zealand.
Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Moselen, E., Denny, S., Dixon, R., Teevale, T., Ikihele, A., Adolescent Health Research Group, Clark, T.C. (2016). Youth’12 The Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students in New Zealand: Results for Pacific young people. Auckland: The University of Auckland.Morton, S.M.B, Grant, C.C., Berry, S.D., Walker, C.G., Corkin, M., Ly, K., de Castro, T.G., Atatoa Carr, P.E., Bandara, D.K., Mohal, J., Bird, A., Underwood, L., Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2017). Growing Up in New Zealand: A longitudinal study of New Zealand children and their families. Now We Are Four: Describing the preschool years. Auckland: Growing Up in New Zealand.
Gentles, D., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Dunlop, A., Roberts, M., Ikihele, A., Percival, T., Nosa, V. (2016). Evaluation of the pilot Tapuaki Pacific pregnancy and parenting education programme. Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(4), 178-187.
Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2015). Editorial. In: Simpson J., Duncanson M., Oben G., Adams J, Wicken A, Pierson, M, and Gallagher, S. The Health Status of Pacific Children and Young People in New Zealand 2015. Dunedin: New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, University of Otago; 2017.
Fa’alili-Fidow, J., McCool, J., and Percival, T. (2014). Trade and health in Samoa: views from the insiders, Biomedical Central Public Health, 14:309.
Ikihele, A., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Roberts, M. (2014, October). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting innovation tools. Connecting communities, policy and science: Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014, Auckland, New Zealand (pp. 172-173). Auckland: Public Health Association. URL:http://www.pha.org.nz/congress2014/PHC14-proceedings.pdf
Roberts, M., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Ikihele, A. (2014, October). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting programme. Connecting communities, policy and science: Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014, Auckland, New Zealand (pp. 231-232). Auckland: Public Health Association.
Roberts, M., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Ikihele, A. & Taotua, T. (2014, September). Pacific Infant Nutrition in South Auckland, New Zealand: Barriers and Enablers. He Huliau 2014 Conference: Community-Academic Partnerships for Pacific Health Equity, Oahu, Hawaii.
Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2011). Ensuring economic, health and social wellbeing for Papua New Guinea through trade. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(79).
Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2011). Pacific SUDI and stillbirth prevention. Journal of Primary Health Care, 3(3).
Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2013). The Health Status of Pacific Children and Young People, Pacific Health Review, Issue 19.
Fa’alili-Fidow, J. (2012). Viewpoint: SUDI and Stillbirth in Pacific babies. In Craig. E., Adams, J., Oben, G., Reddington, A., Wicken, A. and Simpson, J, NZ Child Youth and Epidemiology Service: The Health Status of Pacific Children and Young People, pp.35-36. University of Otago, New Zealand.
Laverack, G. R., Ofanoa, M. M., Nosa, V. H., Faalili, J., & Taufa, S. (2007). Social and cultural perceptions of community empowerment in four Pacific Peoples in Auckland, New Zealand.