Charrissa Makowharemahihi, Womens Health Research Centre
Research Fellow – MPH (Distinction)
Charrissa is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Waikato, and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. She is a Research Fellow and Project Manager of the ‘E Hine’ research project. Charrissa joined the Women’s Health Research Unit in December 2010.
Before taking up the role with the WHRC, Charrissa was a Senior Analyst in the Māori Health Directorate, Ministry of Health. Charrissa was responsible for supporting the development of the Māori oral health provider sector, as well as involved in a number of other health areas such as, oral health, tobacco, and chronic conditions. Charrissa also spent time at Hawkes Bay District Health Board where she played a role in the development and implementation of a hospital based smoking cessation programme; and at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Dunedin School of Medicine on SIDS.
Charrissa graduated with a Masters of Public Health (Distinction) from the University of Otago, Wellington in 2007; and was the inaugural recipient of the Vera Keefe0Ormsby award for excellence in Māori health research.