May 16, 2024 (Honolulu, HI) – During her recent official visit to the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and Human Services (MOHHS), Her Excellency President Hilda Heine honored the PIHOA Post-Graduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE) graduates. Among those celebrated were MOHHS graduates Alex Alex, Asdan Timothy, and Ramson Kios. These individuals are among the 22 PGCFE graduates from the Republic of the Marshall Islands over the past two years.

The PGCFE is part of PIHOAʻs Strengthening Health Interventions in the Pacific (SHIP) program. SHIP aims to strengthen epidemiology and surveillance capacity by focusing its training on two key areas:

1. Preparing U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs) health agencies’ staff at all levels to become certified Epi Technicians.

2. Developing high-priority surveillance and health information system components for health agencies.

Learn more about the SHIP program HERE.