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‘Give to Inspire 2K walk’ on Oct. 28

GOVERNMENT agencies are invited to join “Give to Inspire 2K walk,” whose goal is to promote unity and strengthen relationships in the implementation of public health and safety programs.

The six-hour event will be held at the Ada Gym in Susupe on Oct. 28, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. It is an initiative of the Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Program.

“What we envision is to get all public health links and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s activities into one setting,” program director Warren Villagomez said.

Aside from strengthening partnership with other agencies, the event will also offer blood sugar screening, blood pressure check, immunization activity, and services from the Women, Infant and Children program.

“We, as an emergency preparedness agency, are going beyond just emergency to include the general overview of public health as well,” Villagomez said.

Some government agencies have confirmed their participation in the event, and these include the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, WIC, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Public Health’s immunization department and Northern Marianas College.

“We will continue to reach out to other government agencies interested to participate and be part of that event,” Villagomez said.

According to Corazon P. Ada, program manager, the event is about creating a cohesive partnership among agencies to show to the community that government offices are united.

“In any emergency situation, you will see the agencies going out there to serve the public. That is the idea — to get all the agencies involved. We also want them to showcase themselves and the services to the community that they offer,” Ada said.

“What inspired us is what we’ve learned from first-hand experience after Typhoon Soudelor [in Aug. 2015]. It would have been difficult for us to do what we had to do, responding to Soudelor during the recovery effort, if we didn’t have a great partnership and a solid coalition of government agencies,” Villagomez added.

Portia Tomokane, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity coordinator, said linking government agencies with one another will provide them access to more information that can help them better serve the community.