The Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) is a non-profit organization that is led by and represents the collective interests of the Ministers, Secretaries, and Directors of Health of the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The USAPI include the three U.S. Flag 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) of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk, and Yap). The USAPI are populated by more than 500,000 people who live on hundreds of islands and atolls spanning millions of square miles of ocean and crossing five Pacific time zones. PIHOA's mission is to improve the health and well-being of USAPI communities by providing, through consensus, a unified credible voice on health issues of regional significance.
A copy of PIHOA's five-year strategic plan for FY13 to FY17 is available for download below. Please send comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The PIHOA Board of Directors consists of the ministers, directors and secretaries of health for the six USAPI. Additional membership includes USAPI health deputies and senior subordinates, along with eight health professional associations for medicine, nursing, dentistry, behavioral health, primary care, cancer control, and education.
PIHOA Affiliate Membership is reserved for Pacific-based and Pacific-governed health professional organizations that PIHOA recognizes as having a role in the establishment of health policy. These entities sometimes form "sub-committees" where regional work specific to workforce and health systems development can take place.
PIHOA staff work from Guam, Palau, and Honolulu and include a full-time Executive Director, Program Administrator, Regional Lab Coordinator, Regional Health Workforce Development Coordinator, Quality Assurance Specialist, and a Finance Officer.
The idea of forming PIHOA first emerged in the mid-1980s as the region's principal health officials gathered at conferences and meetings sponsored by various groups, such as the US Department of Health and Human Services Region IX office, the World Health Organization, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and others...
PIHOA typically meets twice annually. Meetings include the PIHOA Board, affilliate organizations and regional stakeholders. Proceedings and resolutions representing previous confences can be found here.
PIHOA resolutions are typically developed as part of our annual conferences. They are archived here.
Information on PIHOA's Honolulu and Guam offices, as well as staff email and contact information, can be found here.