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CHCC celebrates National Public Health Week

(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Division of Public Health Services is joining the American Public Health Association or APHA in observing National Public Health Week from April 1 to 7, 2019.

For over 20 years, the APHA has brought together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health departments and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

To celebrate National Public Health Week and raise awareness of public health, CHCC will be releasing a series of press releases highlighting the services provided by the five public health programs: TB/Hansen’s, HIV/STD Prevention, Immunization, the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

To ensure that everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, CHCC believes the community must also tackle the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. Those causes are rooted in how and where we live, learn, work, and play.

  • • The child who goes to school hungry and can’t take full advantage of her educational opportunities.
  • • The 10-year tobacco user who is thinking of quitting tobacco but is unsure how to do so.
  • • The family who struggles to find nutritious, affordable food anywhere in their community after a natural disaster.
  • • The student who can’t walk to school because there are no sidewalks.

These are the types of conditions that shape the health and well-being of our people and our communities. To combat conditions and environmental factors that influence health, the programs under the Division of Public Health Services and their partners aim to promote healthy lifestyles, create policies, and provide services to protect the health of the people in the CNMI. Together we can work to better your health, my health, our public health.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau

The MCHB serves women of reproductive age, pregnant women, infants, children (including children with special healthcare needs), adolescents, and their families, and is comprised of several federally funded programs. The mission of the MCHB is to promote and improve the health and wellness of those served through the delivery of quality prevention programs and effective partnerships.

The MCHB has been critical to the CNMI’s efforts in improving the health and wellness outcomes of the maternal and child health population by implementing and improving upon the following initiatives, projects, and services:

  • • Prenatal care for pregnant women.
  • • Newborn screening for all babies born in the CNMI.
  • • Early childhood developmental screening.
  • • Service coordination for infants and toddlers with special healthcare needs and/or disabilities.
  • • Teen pregnancy prevention.
  • • Oral health care for the entire maternal and child health population throughout the CNMI.
  • • Preconception care and preventive Well Woman visits for women of reproductive age.
  • • Family planning services to assist individuals in determining the number and spacing of their children in order to promote positive birth outcomes and support healthy families.

Services provided by the MCHB programs are crucial to improving outcomes for the maternal and child health population, including helping decrease infant and maternal mortality rates in the CNMI.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau is locally and federally funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Population Affairs, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For Maternal and Child Health Bureau updates, follow @mchbcnmi on Facebook or call 664-8701 for more information.

For more information about its programs, follow CHCC on Facebook and Twitter at @cnmichcc, check out its website at, or call 234-8950.