Statistician to discuss Maui health

A state Department of Health official will speak about the health of Maui County residents beginning at noon Friday at the University of Hawaii Maui College Laulima 107.

Florentina Reyes-Salvail will show data before and after Maui received and implemented programs funded by a federal “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” grant.

Reyes-Salvail joined the Health Department as a statistician in October 1989. In July 1999, she was named the state’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System coordinator and project director.

BRFSS is the world’s largest ongoing telephone survey of randomly selected adults that tracks health risks and health behaviors. Participating states and U.S. territories conduct the telephone survey following the national BRFSS guidance and protocols.

In her current role, she has made improvements in the timeliness of collection and quality of data, increased completed interview samples and improved timeliness of dissemination of results through publication at the department’s website, a news release about the event said.

Reyes-Salvail has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, and master of science degrees in sociology and in information-computer science from Utah State University and University of Hawaii respectively.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the state Department of Health and the Maui County Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition.

The event is free.

For more information, contact coalition coordinator Sandra McGuinness at or call 264-7895.