Center on the Family Faculty Profiles
Sarah C.W. Yuan
Associate Specialist
Krauss Hall, Room 17


Sarah Yuan is an Associate Specialist at the Center on the Family at the University of Hawai‘i. She is a sociologist, specializing in medical sociology, demography of aging, and survey methodology. She engages in multidisciplinary research and outreach activities with an emphasis on bringing research-based and credible information to the public. Her recent and on-going studies include community quality of life, homelessness, substance-abuse prevention, population aging, and intergenerational relationships.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Hawai‘i

Areas of Expertise

  • Survey methodology
  • Community needs assessment
  • Program evaluation

Areas of Interest

  • Medical sociology
  • Demography of aging
  • Social indicators, quality of life, homelessness
  • Intergenerational relationships

Research and Outreach Projects

  • Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Evaluation Project, 2008–present, funded by Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. This project evaluates the multi-year statewide efforts in (1) building a comprehensive and sustainable prevention infrastructure and (2) reducing and preventing underage drinking in Hawai‘i.
  • Quality of Life in Hawai‘i Study, 2008–present, sponsored by the Aloha United Way from 2004–2005, Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism from 2008–2009, and USDA Hatch Act Formula Grant from 2008–present. This project has developed a framework for measuring quality of life in Hawai‘i and provided periodic updates of quality of life indicators.
  • Homeless Service Utilization Study. 2006–present, funded by Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services, Homeless Programs Office. This project analyzes and disseminates homeless service utilization information collected via the Homeless Information Management System, which include client intake, encounter, and exit information from shelter and outreach programs across the state. 
  • Data Center on Hawai‘i’s Aging Project, 2005–present, sponsored by Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging from 2005–2006 and USDA Hatch Act Formula Grant from 2006–present. This project has developed a comprehensive online collection of statistics and publications relating to Hawaii’s older population.
  • Community Stabilization Initiative Indicators Project, 2010–2012, funded by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. This project tracks the economic recession and its impacts on individuals and families and explores areas for future community initiatives.
  • Community Needs Assessment for Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention, 2009–2010, funded by Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Chronic Disease Management and Control Branch. This study assessed (1) the barriers to rapid access to heart attack and stroke emergency care among Hawai‘i residents, and (2) the capacity, resources, and gaps in emergency heart attack and stroke care among the inpatient acute care hospitals, including the Critical Access Hospitals in rural areas.

Recent Publications


  • 2010 Hawai‘i Pacific Gerontological Society Research and Teaching Award – Nā Lima Kōkua Ma Waēna O Makua (Helping Hands Across Generations) – presented to the University of Hawai‘i Center on the Family, Data Center on Hawai‘i’s Aging.

Curriculum Vitae

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