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Saipan to host regional health meeting in March

SAIPAN will host the 61st Pacific Islands Health Officers Association or PIHOA executive board meeting from March 27-31, 2017.

The meeting will bring together PIHOA executives, associate and affiliate members, key national and regional stakeholders, pacific development partners, and U.S. agency leadership to discuss health issues of regional significance. By the end of the meeting, they should have decided on critical priorities for partner/funder advocacy through official communiques, resolutions and recommendations.

According to CHCC hospital administrative assistant Nazario Omar Ajoste, they are expecting 40-50 off island guests to participate in the conference.

PIHOA is a non-profit organization led by and represents the collective interests of the ministers, secretaries, and directors of health of the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands which include the American territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, and the three Freely Associated States (independent nations in a special compact relationship with the United States): the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap).

PIHOA’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of these island communities by providing, through consensus, a unified credible voice on health issues of regional significance.

The 60th PIHOA board meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2016.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna is vice president of PIHOA’s board of directors.