Other news in the Pacific

Pacific Daily News (May 26, 2020)64 people tested for COVID-19, 2 positive; 1 probable case; 169 total.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (May 26, 2020) – Leading in the COVID-19 crisis.

Pacific Daily News (May 26, 2020) – One probable case of COVID-19; Guam total at 167.

Radio New Zealand (May 26, 2020) – Another month of no flights from Hawai’i to American Samoa.

Radio New Zealand (May 26, 2020) – CNMI eases Covid-19 restrictions.

Pacific Island Times (May 25, 2020)CNMI reopens economy.

Radio New Zealand (May 25, 2020) Guam governor cautious about lifting more Covid-19 restrictions.

Radio New Zealand (May 25, 2020) CNMI school devastated by 2018 typhoon nearly fully restored.

Island Times (May 25, 2020) – K2 Gobal industrial development donate medical items to aide with MOH response to COVID-19.

Pacific Daily News (May 24, 2020) 97 tested Sunday, no new COVID-19 cases.

Pacific Island Times (May 24, 2020)FSM receives cash donation, protective gear from China.

Pacific Island Times (May 23, 2020)Covid-19 testing for homeless set for next week.

Pacific Daily News (May 23, 2020) One more coronavirus case confirmed; 166 cases total on Guam.

Pacific Daily News (May 23, 2020) 14 people returned to isolation after re-testing.

Pacific Daily News (May 23, 2020) Four people tested, all negative for COVID-19; Guam cases total remains at 165.

Guam Daily Post (May 23, 2020) Tent hospital will be moved to Naval Base Guam.

Pacific News Center (May 23, 2020)Public Health continues to expand COVID-19 testing.

Pacific News Center (May 23, 2020)CDC announces interim guidance for communities of faith.

Hawaii News Now (May 22, 2020) University health partners general surgeon on the benefits of telemedicine.

Radio New Zealand (May 22, 2020) FSM politician says law must protect women from gender based violence.

Radio New Zealand (May 22, 2020) American Samoans to receive stimulus cheques.

Pacific Daily News (May 22, 2020) Zero test positive for COVID-19, Guam total still at 165.

Guam Daily Post (May 22, 2020) COVID-19 restrictions will stay.

Talanei News (May 22, 2020)Flags lowered in honor of COVID-19 victims.

Pacific Island Times (May 22, 2020)Guam receives food aid under USDA’s cover relief program.

Pacific News Center (May 22, 2020) – Guam now qualified for FEMA crisis counseling funding.

Island Times (May 22, 2020) – Interior applauds DOE’s COVID-19 support to Territories and Freely Associated States Federal COVID-19 assistance for education in insular areas exceeds $172m, Palau to receive $762.497.

Talanei News (May 22, 2020) – No Hawaiian Air flights till end of June.

News English Track (May 22, 2020) – These countries are safe from the effect of corona.

Island Times (May 22, 2020) – Palau prepares to bring home its stranded citizens.

Island Times (May 22, 2020) – Remengesau says multilateral banks should consider high-income classification.

One PNG News (May 22, 2020) – US Government provides additional US$9.9 million to support COVID-19 efforts in the Pacific.

Radio New Zealand (May 22, 2020) – UNICEF calls for action to ensure children can survive to thrive.

Radio New Zealand (May 21, 2020) FSM moves to help stranded citizens.

Pacific Daily News (May 21, 2020) – No new COVID-19 cases, Guam total still at 165.

Pacific Daily News (May 21, 2020) – Public Health asks residents to participate in phone survey on immunization.

Talanei News (May 21, 2020) – LBJ also preparing morgue space.

Pacific News Center (May 21, 2020) – Inter-island travel requirements within the CNMI clarified.

Pacific News Center (May 21, 2020) – Governor alarmed by spike in COVID-19 positive cases, but Guam remains in PCOR2.

Guam Daily Post (May 21, 2020) – Residential cluster identified in Yigo during contract tracing.

Pacific Daily News (May 21, 2020)CNMI reports 1 new person testing positive for COVID-19.

Pacific Daily News (May 21, 2020)10 positive cases came from residential cluster in Yigo.

Taiwan News (May 21, 2020) – Zero cases: How pacific islands kept coronavirus at bay.

Honolulu Civil Beat (May 21, 2020) – Honolulu developing a major expansion of COVID-19 testing.

Pacific Daily News (May 20, 2020) – Commonwealth of the Norther Mariana Islands announces travel procedures.

Pacific Daily News (May 20, 2020) – Guam coronavirus positivity rate less than 1 percent in May.

Pacific Daily News (May 20, 2020) – 11 test positive for coronavirus; Guam total up to 165.

Pacific Island Times (May 20, 2020) – FSM extends aid to Micronesians stranded in Guam, Hawaii.

Radio New Zealand (May 20, 2020) American Samoan schools end year early.

Radio New Zealand (May 20, 2020) Australia redirects $US65m to Pacific.

Radio New Zealand (May 19, 2020) – American Samoa aim to Cover-19 test 20 percent of population.

Samoa News (May 19, 2020) – First conviction for failure to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

Radio New Zealand (May 19, 2020) – Hard drug use widespread in Marshall Islands capital.

Marshall Islands Journal (May 19, 2020) – Plans for cash and repatriation.

Radio New Zealand (May 19, 2020) – US Pacific gets $140-million education boost.

Pacific Daily News (May 19, 2020) – No new COVID-19 cases, 28 tests conducted.

Pacific Community – SPC (May 18, 2020) – Supporting a more integrated approach to disaster management in the Pacific.

Talanei News (May 18, 2020) – Medical group: extend border closure, add business hours.

CNN (May 18, 2020) – Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US.

Pacific Daily News (May 18, 2020) – Guam to further expand COVID-19 testing this week.

Pacific Daily News (May 18, 2020) – No new COVID-19 cases, 30 tests conducted.

Radio New Zealand (May 17, 2020) – Covid-19 cases rise to 21 in CNMI.

Pacific Island Times (May 16, 2020) – CNMI has 2 new Covid-19 cases; emergency declaration extended for another 30 days.

KUAM News (May 16, 2020) – GMH reopens COVID unit.

Island Times (May 16, 2020) – COVID-19 pandemic may give Asia-Pacific’s oceans a chance to recover, highlights new UN report.

Palau Ministry of Health (May 15, 2020) – MOH has tested over 600 individuals for COVID-19.

Samoa News (May 15, 2020) – DOH looking at conducting a mini COVID-19 island wide exercise.

Island Times (May 15, 2020) – Testing for COVID-19 will cost $25.00.

Island Times (May 15, 2020) – Covid-19: MOH provides PPEs to Palau media.

Guam Daily Post (May 15, 2020) – Boy, 12, and his grandfather among latest COVID-19 cases.

Pacific Daily News (May 15, 2020) – One test reclassified twice, Public Health tests 53 on Friday, all negative.

Island Times (May 14, 2020) – Easing of restrictions begins.

Island Times (May 14, 2020) – COVID-19: MOH provides PPEs to Palau media.

UH Hawaii News (May 14, 2020) – UH, DOH partner for COVID-19 contact tracing training program.

Pacific Island Times (May 14, 2020) – PPE kits from Pentagon coming to Guam by end of June.

RMI National Disaster Management Office (May 14, 2020) – Informational website set up for stranded RMI citizens abroad.

Marshall Islands Journal (May 14, 2020) – Illness levels decline in RMI.

Saipan Tribune (May 14, 2020) – DoD: CNMI is on top of COVID-19 response.

Pacific Daily News (May 14, 2020) – Two test positive, Guam’s total now at 153.

Marshall Islands Journal (May 14, 2020) – RMI health providers on Covid-19.

Radio New Zealand (May 14, 2020) – Northern Marianas schools won’t reopen until September.

Palau Government (May 14, 2020) – MOH Directive No. 114-20: Adjustments to public health measures in response to COVID-19.

Talanei News (May 13, 2020) – No relaxing of COVID-19 rules.

UH Hawaii News (May 13, 2020) – UH, DOH partner for COVID-19 contact tracing training program.

Pacific Daily News (May 13, 2020) – 87 tested today, zero test positive.

Samoa News (May 13, 2020) – Social distancing – a must when you’re out and about.

Samoa News (May 13, 2020) – Cops bust hair stylist and VB players for ignoring COVID-19 restrictions.

Samoa News (May 13, 2020) – Negative pressure medical tent photo and caption.

Pacific  Island Times (May 13, 2020) – CNMI eyes reopening of tourism on July 15.

Pacific  Island Times (May 12, 2020) – FSM economic relief for tourism businesses ready for release.

CNN (May 12, 2020) – Covid-19 isn’t just a respiratory disease. It hits the whole body.

Talanei News (May 12, 2020) – Recommendation on first to get tested.

Share America (May 12, 2020) – US helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19.

Radio New Zealand (May 12, 2020) – Guam governor urges residents to avoid second wave of Covid-19.

Pacific Daily News (May 12, 2020) – One tests positive at GRMC, Guam’s coronavirus total at 152.

Island Times (May 12, 2020) – Pacific travel bubble should be “cautious and incremental.”

Talanei News (May 11, 2020) – Lemanu is back on island, Army Medical team here.

Pacific Island Times (May 11, 2020) – CNMI has 3 new Covid cases; community testing resumes today.

Island Times (May 11, 2020) – Taiwan, Guam, CNMI and other partners join hands in fighting COVID-19.

Pacific Daily News (May 11, 2020) – Four people tested for COVID-19 Monday, all negative.

Marianas Variety (May 10, 2020) – NMI has 3 new cases of Covid-19.

CNMI CHCC (May 10, 2020) – Health Advisory: Three new cases of COVID-19.

Honolulu Civil Beat (May 10, 2020) – Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders confront high rates of COVID-19 in many states.

Pacific Daily News (May 9, 2020) – Guam resident is new COVID-19 case in CNMI.

Pacific Community – SPC (May 9, 2020) – Women influencing healthy lifestyles whole building climate resilience in the Marshall Islands.

Pacific Daily News (May 9, 2020) – The Federated States of Micronesia will have limited flights only for departures.

Radio New Zealand (May 9, 2020) – Northern Marianas temporarily halts mass testing for Covid-19.

Pacific Island Times (May 9, 2020) – Guam slowly returning to ‘normal.’

Bloomberg Busuinessweek (May 8, 2020) – A lesson from the Spanish Flu: Don’t end restrictions too soon.

Pacific Daily News (May 8, 2020)No new COVID-19 cases on Guam, total remains at 151.

Pacific Daily News (May 8, 2020) – 26 UOG nursing students graduate early.

Pacific News Center (May 8, 2020) – 10 patients re-test positive for COVID-19 after being released from isolation.

Radio New Zealand (May 7, 2020) – Marshall Islands to provide aid to stranded islanders.

Pacific Daily News (May 7, 2020)51 tested for COVID-19 Thursday, no new cases.

Marshall Islands Journal (May 7, 2020)More fallout from Covid-19.

CNMI CHCC (May 6, 2020) – Health Advisory: Presumptive positive case is confirmed positive for COVID-19.

New York Times (May 6, 2020)A place in the U.S. with no Covid-19? Look to American Samoa.

Guam Daily Post (May 6, 2020)Two more test positive for COVID-19.

Marshall Islands Journal (May 6, 2020) – ‘Enforce law, don’t ban betel nut.’

Talanei (May 5, 2020)77 COVID-19 tests, all negative.

Saipan Diabetes Blog (May 5, 2020) – COVID-19 CNMI vs the World.

Radio New Zealand (May 5, 2020)Cuba offers doctors to Palau, helps stranded Palauan students.

Pacific Daily News (May 4, 2020)No new cases of COVID-19 on Guam, total cases still 149.

Guam Daily Post (May 4, 2020)Two new confirmed cases, six patients return to active isolation after re-testing positive.

Pacific Island Times (May 4, 2020)The irony of it all: Lessons from small Pacific islands.

Pacific Daily News (May 3, 2020)Two test positive for COVID-19 Sunday; Guam total at 150.

Pacific Island Times (May 3, 2020) FSM still coronavirus-free; foreign aid coming in.

Pacific Leaders Assistance Network (May 3, 2020) COFA & COVID-19: Protecting out community.

Pacific Daily News (May 2, 2020)2 of 167 tested positive for COVID-19, Guam total at 148.

Radio New Zealand (May 2, 2020) – WHO’s exclusion of Taiwan endangers Covid-19 fight – Palau.

Radio New Zealand (May 2, 2020) – CNMI borders to open slightly as mass COVID-19 testing underway.

Radio New Zealand (May 2, 2020) American Samoa extends Covid State of Emergency.

Radio New Zealand (May 2, 2020) – Marshall Islands extended inbound travel ban.

Radio New Zealand (May 2, 2020) – Amid the pandemic, Palau leader delivers final State of Republic address.

UH Hawaii News (May 1, 2020) – Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities hardest hit by COVID-19.

Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation (May 1, 2020) – First PUI identified in Pohnpei, FSM test results are negative.

Pohnpei State Office of the Governor (May 1, 2020) – Urgent and breaking news from the Pohnpei State COVID-19 Task Force.

Talanei News (May 1, 2020) – All current restrictions continue for 30 days.

Island Times (May 1, 2020) – Indian government donates $150K to aide with COVID-19 response in Palau.

Marianas Variety (May 1, 2020) – Muna: NMI will bring people back to work.

Island Times (May 1, 2020) – Palau MOH opens COVID-19 testing to everyone.

Palau Government  (May 1, 2020) – Executive Order No. 440: Extending the Travel Restrictions.

Pacific Daily News (April 30, 2020)CNMI receives 300,000 isolation gowns, tests more than 300 people.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 30, 2020)High Covid-19 rates for Islanders.

Pacific Daily News (April 30, 2020) – One tests positive, Guam’s total coronavirus count at 146.

Pacific Daily News (April 30, 2020) – Emergency extended to June, May 9 eyed as reopening date for some businesses, agencies.

Pacific Daily News (April 29, 2020)Guam COVID-19 cases remain at 145 after 112 tests performed.

Marianas Variety (April 28, 2020)CHCC: Last Covid-19 patient has recovered. 

Pacific Daily News (April 28, 2020)Testing opens today for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Radio New Zealand (April 28, 2020)US Army to assist American Samoa with Covid-19 testing.

Pacific Daily News (April 28, 2020)Islands in Micronesia remain COVID-19 free, prepare for future.

Guam Daily Post (April 28, 2020)1 new confirmed case, 110 samples tested, 129 recovered.

Radio New Zealand (April 27, 2020)Two more cases of COVID-19; Guam total at 144 cases.

Washington Post (April 27, 2020) – CDC confirms six coronavirus symptoms showing up in patients over and over.

Radio New Zealand (April 26, 2020)American Samoa not planning random Covid-19 testing yet.

Radio New Zealand (April 26, 2020)High Covid-19 rates for Pacific Islanders in the US.

Radio New Zealand (April 26, 2020) – American Samoa off-island medical treatment still available.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 25, 2020)RMI gets Covid-19 test gear.

FSM National Government (April 25, 2020) – 21st FSM Congress approves the economic stimulus package, President Panuelo signs it into law; Businesses encouraged to apply for wage subsidies and submit taxes on time to receive gross tax revenue rebates.

Samoa News (April 25, 2020) – American Samoa receives $411,385 for health priorities.

Guam Daily Post (April 25, 2020)No new confirmed cases, 10 active cases, 126 recovered.

Pacific Daily News (April 24, 2020)Total Guam positive coronavirus cases up to 141.

Radio New Zealand (April 23, 2020)Guam wants US to cut flow of inbound islanders during Covid-19.

Pacific Daily News (April 23, 2020) Guam has 139 COVID-19 cases after Navy diagnoses 1 new infected person.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 23, 2020) – MIEPI spearheads key student survey.

Radio New Zealand (April 22, 2020)US increases support for Pacific Covid-19 response by over $32m.

Pacific Daily News (April 22, 2020)1 new COVID-19 positive case, Guam total at 137.

Marianas Variety (April 22, 2020) – 2 more individuals recover from Covid-19.

Pacific Island Times (April 22, 2020) – Lessons from Covid-19: B better communication and self reliance.

Island Times (April 22, 2020) – Opinion: Coronavirus and climate disasters – Small vulnerable countries face dual threats.

Forbes (April 22, 2020) – Beating pandemics like COVID-19 requires more medical laboratory professionals, this virologist.

Samoa News (April 21, 2020)Governor grateful for latest CARES Act funding – $35 million+.

Pacific Daily News (April 21, 2020) – Revised virus projections: Guam may need dozens of hospital Neds, not thousands.

Pacific Daily News (April 21, 2020) – Latest virus projections show testing, tracing, key to keeping infections low.

Radio New Zealand (April 21, 2020) – Palau plays down possible Taiwan sailors Covid-19 link.

Marianas Variety (April 20, 2020) – CHCC to upgrade biosafety laboratory.

Pacific Daily News (April 20, 2020) – No new COVID-19 cases reported on Guam; total cases 136.

Island Times (April 20, 2020)Thirty-two (32) more test negative for COVID-19.

Pacific Island Times (April 20, 2020)The gospel of social distancing.

Pacific Island Times (April 20, 2020)Keeping Covid-19 at bay in the Marshall Islands.

Guam Daily Post (April 20, 2020) – More than 200 COVID-19 tests daily to begin this week.

Pacific Island Times (April 19, 2020)Yap’s three Covid-19 tests return negative results.

Guam Daily Post (April 19, 2020)Zero test positive Sunday; Guam Covid-19 total remains at 136.

Guam Daily Post (April 18, 2020)No new confirmed cases, 136 total cases, 110 recovered.

Pacific Daily News (April 17, 2020)One tests positive, 11 recover, Guam’s COVID-19 total at 136.

Radio New Zealand (April 17, 2020)Pacific countries eligible for UN COVID-19 response and recovery fund.

FSM National Government (April 17, 2020) – 21st FSM Congress extenders President Panuelo’s Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 31, 2020; Nation-wide social distancing measures to be developed and take effect within 30 days.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 16, 2020) – Honoring the dengue spray team.

Radio New Zealand (April 16, 2020) – American Samoa hopes Trump will declare territory a health disaster area. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 16, 2020) – Person under investigation dies in Yap; governor imposes curfew. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (April 16, 2020) – No new confirmed cases, 135 total cases, 86 recovered. Click HERE for the full article

Radio New Zealand (April 16, 2020) – American Samoa starts local COVID-19 testing. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 16, 2020) – Nine recover from COVID-19 in CNMI. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 15, 2020) – No new cases, Guam’s COVID-19 total stands at 135. Click HERE for the full article.

Honolulu Civil Beat (April 15, 2020)Many Pacific Islands still free of COVID-19.

Talanei News (April 14, 2020) – All 15 samples tested negative for COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 14, 2020) – CNMI’s COVID-19 cases climb to 13. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (April 14, 2020) – 1 new confirmed case, 135 total cases, 66 recovered. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 13, 2020) – Guam confirms another COVID-19 case. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 11, 2020) – Marshall Islands feeling economic hit of COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 11, 2020) – 5th Guam life lost. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 9, 2020) – Marshall Islands on edge about COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 9, 2020) – Three test positive for COVID-19, Guam total at 128. Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 9, 2020) – Red Cross connects in Wotho. Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 9, 2020) – Ventilators arrive, more Covid-19 supplies on the way. Click HERE for the full article.

Samoa News (April 8, 2020) – Dr. Tufa: We are one step ahead of the virus – let’s stay that way. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 8, 2020) – Four test positive for COVID-19, Guam total at 125. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 8, 2020) – Kosrae bans entry of international travelers. Click HERE for the full article.

CNMI CHCC (April 7, 2020) – Three new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the CNMI. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 7, 2020) – Eight test positive for COVID-19, Guam total at 121. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (April 6, 2020) – Machine for COVID-19 testing arrives. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 6, 2020) – Governor: Guam could see exponential growth in virus cases. Click HERE for the full article.

Marianas Variety (April 6, 2020) – CHCC opens drive-thru pharmacy. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 6, 2020) – 1 tests positive for COVID-19 Monday, Guam total at 113. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 6, 2020) – Profiles of Guam’s 112 COVID-19 cases, as of 6pm April 6. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 6, 2020) – 4,600 new COVID-19 test kits, ventilators coming to Guam. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (April 6, 2020) – Guam’s COVID cases include 6 kids. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 5, 2020) – Guam’s COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (April 4, 2020) – Guam’s COVID-19 cases up to 93 after 6 more test positive. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 4, 2020) – Guam suffers two more COVID-19 deaths. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 4, 2020) – Palau remains free of COVID-19 as Taiwan experts arrive to assist. Click HERE for the full article.

BBC News (April 3, 2020) – Coronavirus: Where will be the last place to catch COVID-19? Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (April 3, 2020) – Can the RMI stay free of COVID-19? Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (April 3, 2020) – Fourth person on Guam dies from COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 2, 2020) – Marshall Islands extends travel ban for another month. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 2, 2020) – Northern Marianas will close borders from Monday. Click HERE for the full article.

Marianas Variety (April 2, 2020) – NMI has 2 new COVID-19 cases. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (April 2, 2020) – Adelup reports 5 new coronavirus cases. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (April 2, 2020) – More than 1,000 sailors brought ashore. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 1, 2020) – Guam records one more COVID-19 death. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 1, 2020) – Northern Marianas confirms COVID-19 death, more austerity. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (April 1, 2020) – Guam to allow entry to sailors from COVID-stricken aircraft carrier. Click HERE for the full article.

SF Chronicle (April 1, 2020) – Captain of aircraft carrier with growing coronavirus outbreak pleads for help from Navy. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (April 1, 2020) – Guam loses third COVID-19 patient. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (March 31, 2020) – CNMI has four new COVID-19 positive cases. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (March 30, 2020) – Two swabs tested in Hawaii are negative for COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (March 30, 2020) – Nito touching lives in RMI. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 30, 2020) – Second COVID-19 death reported on Guam. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific News Center (March 30, 2020) – Palau Ministry of Health reports another suspected COVID-19 case. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 30, 2020) – Travelers from US quarantined in American Samoa. Click HERE for the full article.

The Diplomat (March 30, 2020) – Pandemic in the Pacific: COVID-19 to hit the Pacific economies hard. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 29, 2020) – Saipan officials confirm one man dead of suspected COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (March 27, 2020) – Hawaiian Airline accepts Lolo’s request to suspend flights. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 27, 2020) – COVID-19: Micronesia shuts border to inbound travelers. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific News Center (March 26, 2020) – Interior provides $858,924 to territories to buy COVID-19 test kits. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 26, 2020) – U.S. passes Italy, China as nation with the most conformed cases of COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAF National Public Radio (March 26, 2020) – Marshallese COVID-19 task force established. Click HERE for the full article.

U.S. Embassy in the FSM (March 23, 2020) – U.S. assistance to Federated States of Micronesia on COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 23, 2020) – COVID-19: Pacific summary. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 23, 2020) – Guam COVID-19 cases now at 37. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 21, 2020) – Micronesia’s Pohnpei ramps up ban on entry. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 21, 2020) – Coronavirus: Guam confirms Pacific’s first COVID-19 death. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 21, 2020) – First COVID-19 death on Guam. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 21, 2020) – First COVID-19 fatality reported. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 19, 2020) – GMH Administrator informs staff of possible COVID-19 exposure. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (March 19, 2020) – Patient admitted to GMH for non-coronavirus illness tests positive for COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (March 19, 2020) – Four positive cases for COVID-19; Practice social distancing to protect yourself, others. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 18, 2020) – Coronavirus: New Caledonia announces first cases; Guam now has 8. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 18, 2020) – Three more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 17, 2020) – Guam’s COVID-19 cases rise to 5. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 17, 2020) – COVID-19: CNMI under state of public health emergency. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 17, 2020) – CDC to provide $479K in COVID-19 federal funds for Guam. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (March 16, 2020) – COVID-19 Update: 12 individuals test negative. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 16, 2020) – Two of Guam’s coronavirus cases arrived on UA189; Public health conducts investigation. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (March 15, 2020) – GovGuam to close for 14-day period; updated information on confirmed cases. Click HERE for the full article.

FSM National Government (March 14, 2020) – President Panuelo signs National Declaration placing the entire Federated States of Micronesia under a State of National Public Health Emergency in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic; Former declaration revoked, travel restrictions reinstated. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (March 14, 2020) – Governor declares public health emergency. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 13, 2020) – Coronavirus: 2 more cover-19 cases in French Polynesia. Click HERE for the full article.

SLATE (March 11, 2020) – The most drastic anti-coronavirus travel ban in the world. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 11, 2020) – Four possible coronavirus cases to be tested locally. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 11, 2020) – Tahiti parliamentarian is Pacific’s first coronavirus case. Click HERE for the full article.

Associated Press (March 11, 2020) – WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, urges aggressive action. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 9, 2020) – Marshall Islands bans incoming travelers for 14 days. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (March 8, 2020) – Ferry flights from China monitored; More health screenings at Guam airport. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific News Center (March 8, 2020) – RMI closes borders to international inbound flights for two weeks. Click HERE for the full article.

Honolulu Star Advertiser (March 8, 2020) – Elderly man who recently traveled to Washington state becomes Hawaii’s second COVID-19 case. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 7, 2020) – Palau, Marshall Islands have tested negative for coronavirus, health officials said. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (March 5, 2020) – New health advisory suspends entry permits. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (March 5, 2020) – More people in quarantine at Leone. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 4, 2020) – Patient in Marshall Islands under investigation for coronavirus, Guam unable to test here. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (March 4, 2020) – Return to basic personal hygiene stressed. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (March 3, 2020) – Guam prepares for coronavirus with review of pandemic plan. Click HERE for the full article.

Palau Ministry of Health (March 3, 2020) – First potential COVID-19 case identified – Public advised to stay calm and practice preventative measures. Click HERE for the full article.

Island Times (March 2, 2020) – Free flu shot. Click HERE for the full article.

FestPac Hawaii (March 2, 2020) – Hawaii officials postpone FestPac 2020 due to growing global concerns over COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (March 1, 2020) – Marshall Islands prepares for coronavirus to come like a freight train. Click HERE for the full article.

Devex (February 28, 2020) – Is the Pacific ready for coronavirus. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (February 28, 2020) – CDC releases expanded criteria for coronavirus screening. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (February 27, 2020) – New Zealand confirms case of COVID-19 coronavirus. Click HERE for the full article.

CNN (February 27, 2020) – Preparing for a pandemic: What should I buy? Are there places I should avoid? Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM (February 27, 2020) – Outbreak may be over but Guam is not dengue-free. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (February 27, 2020) – Public Health: No coronavirus cases on Guam, contrary to rumors. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (February 26, 2020) – Guam not dengue-free: 2 recent, locally acquired dengue cases confirmed. Click HERE for the full article.

WHO (February 25, 2020) – Pacific steps up preparedness against COVID-19. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (February 20, 2020) – Public Health: Guam could be declared dengue free by Friday. Click HERE for the full article.

Island Times (February 17, 2020) – Over $581K applied for NCD programs. Click HERE for the full article.

Samoa Observer (February 16, 2020) – Pacific must prepare for virus spread: WHO. Click HERE for the full article.

Relief Web (February 14, 2020) – Preparing for COVID-19: Guidance for Pacific Islands and areas in The Who Western Pacific Region, V.1. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (February 13, 2020) – LBJ Hospital ER full with flu patients. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific RISA (February 12, 2020) – Republic of the Marshall Islands holds first National Climate Change and health dialog. Click HERE for the full article.

Inter Press Service (February 12, 2020) – The Pacific Community launches the Pacific Health Recipe Contest. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific News Center (February 12, 2020) – Guam ready to receive coronavirus test kits. Click HERE for the full article.

ABC Radio Australia (February 4, 2020) – Pacific countries preparing for possibility of coronavirus importation. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Pacific Daily News (January 31, 2020) – Global coronavirus emergency impacts island tourism. Click HERE for the full article.

CNN (January 30, 2020) – World Health Organization declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. Click HERE for the full article.

FSM National Government (January 28, 2020) – Health alert for the novel coronavirus. Click HERE for the full article.

Samoa News (January 27, 2020) – Lab results confirm three new measles in American Samoa. Click HERE for the full article.

FSM National (January 27, 2020) – President Panuelo swears-in the Honorable Carlson D. Apis and the Honorable Dr. Livinson A. Taulung as Secretaries of TC&I and Health & Social Affairs respectively. Click HERE for the full article.

Guam Daily Post (January 26, 2020) – Officials: Guam, Saipan don’t have coronavirus cases. Click HERE for the full article.

Politico (January 25, 2020) – They did not realize we are human beings. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (January 24, 2020) – Pacific steps up defenses against coronavirus. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (January 23, 2020) – Three students awarded medical scholarships. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (January 23, 2020) – Marshall Islands dengue outbreak: ‘We’re fighting a war here.’ Click HERE for the full article.

WHO (January 23, 2020) – Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus. Click HERE for the full article.

The Marshall Islands Journal (January 16, 2020) – New RMI leaders sworn in. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (January 10, 2020) – Public Health teams to distribute mosquito repellent. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (January 6, 2020) – New President for Marshall Islands. Click HERE for the full article.

ASTHO (December 20, 2019) – ASTHO and PIHOA praise approval of medicaid funding fix for US territories. Click HERE for the full article.

CNN (December 12, 2019) – Federal judge rules American Samoans are US citizens by birth. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (December 6, 2019) – Nine confirmed measles cases in territory. Click HERE for the full article.

FSM National Government (December 4, 2019) – 21st Congress of the FSM confirms multiple nominations for the Panuelo-George administration’s cabinet. Click HERE for the full article.

Samoa Observer (December 3, 2019) – American Samoa border crackdown. Click HERE for the full article.

Island Times (November 25, 2019) – Palauan citizens come together to raise awareness on gender based violence. Click HERE for the full article.

National Public Radio (November 21, 2019) – America’s shame: Medicaid funding slashed in U.S. Territories. Click HERE for the full article.

UNICEF (November 18, 2019) – News note on measles outbreaks across the Pacific Islands. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (November 14, 2019) – American Samoa declares health emergency over measles. Click HERE for the full article.

Marianas Variety (November 13, 2019) – Office: Real-time exercises strengthen CHCC’s capacity to respond to disaster, outbreak. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (November 13, 2019) – Public vaping now illegal on Guam. Click HERE for the full article.

Samoa Observer (November 11, 2019) – Pago tells Samoans to bring immunization records. Click HERE for the full article.

Island Times (November 11, 2019) – Not enough doctors, says Roberts. Click HERE for the full article.

CNN (November 11, 2019) – Two people just got the plaque in China – yes, the Black Death plague. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (November 11, 2019) – Guam dengue cases rise to 19. Click HERE for the full article.

Relief Web (November 7, 2019) – Vaccination vital to protect Pacific communities against measles. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (November 7, 2019) – Bill introduced to help relieve nurse shortage. Click HERE for the full article.

Saipan Tribune (November 4, 2019) – CNMI Creates emergency medical team. Click HERE for the full article.

CNN (October 24, 2019) – Vaping-related lung injuries rise to 1,604 cases nationwide, CDC says. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (October 24, 2019) – DOH steps up screening of travelers from Samoa. Click HERE for the full article.

APIAHF (October 23, 2019) – Bipartisan bill will restore medicaid coverage for COFA citizens. Click HERE for the full article.

Talanei News (October 22, 2019) – LBJ Hospital conducts first knee replacement surgery. Click HERE for the full article.

NY Times (October 16, 2019) – They crossed an ocean to butcher pigs. It was no American dream. Click HERE for the full article.

Honolulu Civil Beat (October 9, 2019) – Black market babies. Click HERE for the full article.

APIAHF (October 8, 2019) – Health rising leadership institute. Click HERE for the full article..

WHO WPRO (October 7, 2019) – Regional health leaders gather to discuss priority issues, agree World Health Organization actions. Click HERE for the full article..

Direct Relief (October 4, 2019) – This is the worst dengue year in nearly a decade. It may get worse from here. Click HERE for the full article.

ASTHO (October 3, 2019) – States take executive and legislative action to address vaping and flavored e-cigarettes. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (September 28, 2019) – Director didn’t deserve criticism for trip in the midst of dengue outbreak. Click HERE for the full article.

CDC Newsroom (September 24, 2019) – CDC, states update number of cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping. Click HERE for the full article.

Marianas Variety (September 26, 2019) – CDC warns travelers: When on Guam, avoid mosquito bites. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Daily News (September 24, 2019) – Dengue fever: U.S. Public Health Service doctor speaks on Guam outbreak, misconception. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (September 18, 2019) – Guam has 2nd locally infected dengue patient. Click HERE for the full article.

KUAM News (September 16, 2019) – State of emergency declared to prevent dengue outbreak. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (September 12, 2019) – Public Health: First locally acquired dengue fever on Guam in 75 years. Click HERE for the full article.

Island Times (September 9, 2019) – 127 dengue cases in August, total 570 cases since December. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (September 6, 2019) – Hundreds join fight against childhood cancer. Click HERE for the full article..

Washington Post (September 6, 2019) – Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products links to deadly lung illnesses, test show. Click HERE for the full article.

Radio New Zealand (September 5, 2019) – Marshalls confirms first dengue death. Click HERE for the full article.

UNDP (September 3, 2019) – Strengthening disaster risk management in RMI. Click HERE for the full article.

Pacific Island Times (September 1, 2019) – Yap schools closed for one month due to disease outbreak. Click HERE for the full article.

The Guam Daily Post (August 31, 2019) – DPHSS: One local health emergency linked to vaping. Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (August 29, 2019) – RMI dengue cases keep rising. Click HERE for the full article

Radio New Zealand (August 28, 2019) – Climate crisis declared a critical threat to Pacific health. Click HERE for the full article.

Marshall Islands Journal (August 27, 2019) – Dengue continues to spread. Click HERE for the full article

University of Guam (August 14, 2019) – University of Guam awarded $3.75 million grant to improve geriatric and dementia care in region. Click HERE for the full article

Honolulu Civil Beat (August 7, 2019) – The U.S. Military wants to coordinate health acre solutions in Pacific Islands. Click HERE for the full article.

WHO WPRO (August 5, 2019) – Palau furthers progress in protecting people from health emergencies. Click HERE for the full article

Island Times (July 22, 2019) – Two Palauns complete medicine studies in Cuba. Click HERE for the full article

Islands Times (July 11, 2019) – One dead due to dengue epidemic in Palau. Click HERE for the full article

PIHOA Secretariat Staff and Consultants

PIHOA’s Secretariat is comprised of eleven executive, administrative and technical staff located at its Honolulu, Hawaii and Hagatna, Guam offices, with one technical staff co-located at the Guam DPHSS Public Health Lab. In addition, the Secretariat has five technical consultants currently on long-term deployments at the American Samoa DOH, College of Micronesia - FSM Campus, Pacific Community Northern Pacific Regional Office in Pohnpei, FSM and the PIHOA Guam office. The Secretariat also currently hosts two U.S. CDC Immunization Project Officers/Public Health Advisors, one US CDC Center for Preparedness and Response Regional Career Epidemiology Career Officer, and one Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist Fellow at its PIHOA Guam office.

 

Secretariat Staff

Ms. Emi Chutaro, MSc

Ms. Emi Chutaro, MSc

Executive Director

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: emic@pihoa.org

Ms. Emi Chutaro has been the Executive Director for PIHOA since 2013. She is from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and has worked in the Pacific region as a global health and education professional for the past 20 years. Prior to PIHOA, Ms. Chutaro worked for the Public Health Division of the Secretariat for the Pacific Community, the Behavior Change Communication Officer based in New Caledonia, and later as the Grants Coordinator for the Pacific Response Fund for HIV and Other STIs and Global Fund for HIV and TB based in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Ms. Chutaro has worked across the Pacific region in twelve Pacific island countries and territories in grants/project management, non-profit institutional strengthening, community health, health promotion, adolescent reproductive health, and health and education policy. She has worked extensively with several international development agencies such as the WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Australia Aid Program, New Zealand Aid Program, and other development INGOs. Other former positions included: Instructor at the College of the Marshall Islands, Grants Director for the RMI Ministry of Education, Country Program Manager for the United Nations Development Program under the RMI Office of the President’s Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, and Chair of the RMI Ministry of Health Institutional Review Board. Ms. Chutaro is a long-time volunteer program development/grants-writer for Youth in Health, Inc., a local RMI adolescent reproductive health NGO, and was co-Vice President for the Marshall Island Council of NGOs. She holds a Master of Science in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries (Health and Education) from the London School of Economics in the UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Politics (Conflict Resolution) from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Ms. Chutaro has also studied in Avignon, France and conducted social policy research in Druban, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Ms. Janet Camacho, APRN, MSN, MPH

Ms. Janet Camacho, APRN, MSN, MPH

Deputy Director of Programs and Operations

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: janetc@pihoa.org

Ms. Janet Camacho is the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations for the PIHOA Secretariat Staff. She is from the island of Guam and has worked in Honolulu for 25 years as a health professional serving in several roles with major health care organizations. Ms. Camacho has a diverse management background with extensive training in leadership, strategic planning, quality and patient safety, health care operations, and program development. She has held director positions in quality and patient safety and clinical analytics, and for the past seven years. Ms. Camacho has had accountability for various regulatory quality reporting programs including, NCQA PCMH Designation, NCQA Accreditation and HEDIS quality reporting, Meaningful Use of EHR, CMS Medicare Stars, Merit Based Incentive Program (MIPS), and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus programs under the CMS Quality Payment Program. Ms. Camacho has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and Public Health with a focus on health outcomes of special populations and maternal and child health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Schools of Nursing and Public Health, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Dr. Vasiti Uluiviti, BAppSc, CMLT, MMSc, M(ASCP)CM, Ph.D

Dr. Vasiti Uluiviti, BAppSc, CMLT, MMSc, M(ASCP)CM, Ph.D

Regional Laboratory Strengthening Coordinator

Location: Guam

Email: vasitiu@pihoa.org

Dr. Vasiti Uluiviti has been with PIHOA since 2005 and is based at the Guam Public Health Laboratory.  She manages PIHOA’s regional laboratory initiative and offers technical assistance and consultancy to hospital and public health laboratories for the USAPIs and to reference laboratories in Guam, Hawaii and sometimes the Pacific Community (SPC) in Fiji.  Dr. Uluiviti once provided laboratory consultancy for the American Society of Microbiology to develop a parasitology curriculum for the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences program at the Kenya Medical Training College in Mombasa, Kenya.  She also provides lab-related training including shipping of dangerous goods, quality assurance, laboratory quality management systems, strengthening lab management towards accreditation and other needed technical support to clinical, public health and reference laboratories in the USAPI. Dr. Uluiviti holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Microbiology/Biochemistry), Master of Medical Science (Pathology) and is Board certified with the American Society of Clinical Pathology as Technologist Microbiology. She is a Pacific Islander from Fiji, who just completed her doctoral studies in microbiology in 2020.

Dr. Angela Techur-Pedro, MO, MA, MA, MPH, Ph.D

Dr. Angela Techur-Pedro, MO, MA, MA, MPH, Ph.D

Pacific Basin Primary Care Office Coordinator

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: angiet@pihoa.org

Dr. Angela Techur-Pedro is a Medical Officer who graduated from the Pacific Basin Medical Officers Training Program in Pohnpei, FSM in 1994. She practiced in Palau and American Samoa for six years. In 2001, she emigrated to Honolulu, Hawaii.  Her educational background includes DCHSM (1994, UH PBMOTP), MPH (2003,UH), MA in Medical Sociology (2010, UH) and PhD in Epidemiology (2015, UH).  Dr. Techur-Pedro is currently the regional coordinator of the PIHOA Pacific Basin Primary Care Office (PCO).  Her role is to provide technical support to the USAPIs for HPSA/MUA designations to qualify for financial and human resources to address the chronic health professionals shortages and barriers to quality primary care services across the USAPIs.  Dr. Techur-Pedro also works in collaboration with USAPI health sectors, regional, and federal partners to support training opportunities for strengthening health workforce capacity using evidence-based best practices in monitoring maternal and child obesity in the USAPIs.

Mrs. Elisa Dunlap

Mrs. Elisa Dunlap

Finance Officer

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: elisad@pihoa.org 

Mrs. Elisa Dunlap serves as PIHOA’s Finance Officer and has been with PIHOA since 2016. She is responsible for PIHOA’s overall accounting and fiscal functions, reporting of all federal funds, and overseeing PIHOA’s fiscal/administrative staff. Ms. Dunlap has over 20 years of accounting experience, of which 10 of those years were working for the Washington State Department of Early Learning in the accounting department. In her last two years, she helped support the IT Help Desk where she acquired knowledge about networking and computers. Mrs. Dunlap was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. to attend college in Texas. Her first language is Spanish. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Business minor from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.

Mr. Regie Tolentino

Mr. Regie Tolentino

Office and Human Resources Administrator

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: regiet@pihoa.org

Mr. Regie Tolentino has been with PIHOA since 2011 providing overall administrative support to the organization and its members; he is responsible for coordinating meetings and conference calls; assisting with procurement, human resources, accounting and finance; and coordinating travel requests for PIHOA staff, board members, and consultants. Mr. Tolentino is also a native of the island of Maui and an Air Force Veteran, with experience in event planning, office management, and logistics.

Ms. Billie Hiraishi, MA

Ms. Billie Hiraishi, MA

Communications Officer

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: billieh@pihoa.org

Ms. Billie Hiraishi has been with PIHOA since 2013 and serves as the Communications Officer.  She is responsible for conveying all external messages on behalf of PIHOA via newsletters, email blasts, press releases, annual reports, brochures, etc. Ms. Hiraishi also manages and updates the PIHOA website and Facebook page. She provides assistance in health communications and risk communications throughout the USAPIs. Ms. Hiraishi also works closely with the PIHOA administrative team providing support with travel logistics, event planning, and accounting. Ms. Hiraishi is a Pacific Islander, born and raised in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai'i and fluent in the Hawaiian Language. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in intercultural communications. Ms. Hiraishi has work experience in event planning, public relations, marketing, and management. Outside of PIHOA, she is an assistant coach for the Punahou Girls Varsity Soccer Team.

Mr. Christopher Riley, MBA

Mr. Christopher Riley, MBA

Accountant

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: christopherr@pihoa.org  

Biography coming soon.

Consultants and Contractors

Dr. Brian Mangum, MD, Ph.D

Dr. Brian Mangum, MD, Ph.D

Pacific Islands Public Health Training Center Coordinator

Location: Pohnpei, FSM

Email: epidemiology.doc@gmail.com

Dr. Brian P. Mangum is the Coordinator for the PIHOA Pacific Islands Public Health Training Center (PIPHTC), which is part of the larger Western Region Public Health Training Center (WRPHTC) housed at the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health (UAZ). He is a consultant medical epidemiologist with over fifteen years of experience in international health as a consultant, public health practitioner, researcher, and professor in the Asia-Pacific region, the Caribbean and Latin America, and North America. Dr. Mangum is an active researcher, and is published in the areas of social epidemiology, including the impact of socioeconomic status on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in island settings; the genetic epidemiology and control of neglected tropical diseases, such as leptospirosis; the provision of mental health services in resource-limited environments; and the role of culture in the medical anthropology of disease patterns. He is a past associate professor and associate dean of medicine for Xavier University School of Medicine, where he also served as a medical epidemiology consultant to the government of Aruba; past associate professor and chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at Fiji National University(FNU), where he served as a consultant medical epidemiologist to a range of organizations in the Pacific; and former associate professor with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) where he helped develop and direct the Doctors and Dentist for Tomorrow (DDFT) program which prepares Micronesian youth to enter medical school in Fiji. Dr. Mangum is passionate about the role of education in improving the lives of the Pacific islands. 

Ms. Dioreme Navasca, MPH

Ms. Dioreme Navasca, MPH

Regional NCD Program Support Officer

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: dioreme@hawaii.edu

Ms. Dioreme Amor Navasca is the PIHOA Regional NCD Program Support Officer. She provides program and administrative support to three (3) key regional programs/initiatives: 1) Strengthening Health Initiatives in the Pacific (SHIP)/Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) 2) Regional NCD Surveillance Framework systems strengthening and capacity-building initiative and 3) Regional NCD Emergency Crisis Response.  Ms. Navasca is also the Pacific Cancer Program Coordinator at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM). She is originally from Cebu, Philippines and earned her Master's in Public Health Degree in 2014 specializing in Public Health Policy and Management at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UH Manoa).

Dr. Haley Cash, MPH, Ph.D

Dr. Haley Cash, MPH, Ph.D

Regional NCD Epidemiologist for the USAPIs

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: haleyc@pihoa.org

Dr. Haley Cash works closely with PIHOA as the NCD Regional Epidemiologist for the USAPI under the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She provides epidemiological support to the USAPIs and is responsible for supporting chronic disease surveillance and epidemiological capacity in the region. Dr. Cash is the former epidemiologist for the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health. She is originally from Rhode Island and completed her graduate studies at Brown University.

Mr. Joseph Davis-Flemming, MS

Mr. Joseph Davis-Flemming, MS

Regional Public Health Advisor, Grants Management - USAPI Communicable Disease Programs

Location: Guam

Email: josephd@pihoa.org

Mr. Joseph Davis-Fleming has joined PIHOA as Regional Public Health Advisor for Grants Management Support to Federally-Funded Communicable Disease Programs in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. He officially started with PIHOA on October 1, 2019, and is based at the PIHOA Guam office. Mr. Davis-Fleming had a deep desire to return to the Pacific and contribute his extensive skills and knowledge for the improvement of the health outcomes of the people in the USAPI. Mr. Davis-Fleming brings extensive experience in healthcare governance, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management, grants administration, performance monitoring and evaluation, operations and workforce development in the US (including Alaska, Texas and American Samoa), Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. His prior positions included administrative oversight in a capacity-building and healthcare strengthening environment, as well as expansion planning and development of new facilities, services, programs, and local workforce. While in American Samoa, Mr. Davis-Fleming was the Chief Executive Officer for the LBJ Tropical Medical Center and participated in numerous PIHOA Meetings as a PIHOA Associate Member. In addition, he has over 25 years of executive management and regulatory compliance of federal & state government-based safety, quality, information systems, workforce standards, systems strengthening and legislative advocacy. Within those years of healthcare leadership experience, Mr. Davis-Fleming has produced at a high level and performed expectations that came with such tremendous responsibilities. Additionally, he has partnered in establishing joint capacity-building, sustainable hospital-based systems and workforce strengthening activities with US military medical personnel and international NGOs, and previously served as adjunct faculty with Yale School of Public Health/Global Health Institute.  Mr. Davis-Fleming holds a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration, a post-graduate certificate in Public Health, Fellow designation in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and is a Lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Limb Hapairai, MS, Dphil

Dr. Limb Hapairai, MS, Dphil

Regional Medical Entomologist

Location: Guam 

Email: limbh@pihoa.org 

Dr. Limb Hapairai was born and raised in Tahiti-French Polynesia and received both his bachelors and masters degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) focusing on conservation of fly biodiversity of isolated islands of French Polynesia. During his doctoral studies at University of Oxford, he developed a Wolbachia–based mosquito control against lymphatic filariasis vector Aedes polynesiensis in collaboration with the medical entomology team at Institut Louis Malardé. Dr. Hapairai continued with his training, as an Endeavour Australian Postdoctoral Award recipient, at Queensland University of Technology to study the insecticide resistance genes in arbovirus vector Aedes aegpyti and the evolution of the Dengue virus. He then joined the Eck Institute of Global Health-University of Notre Dame to develop novel pesticides against mosquito arbovirus vectors both in lab conditions and field conditions. In early 2020, Dr. Hapairai joined PIHOA as the Regional Medical Entomologist for the USAPIs, bringing his professional and pacific-island life experiences to build regional capacities for mosquito surveillance and control.

 

Ms. Lynnette Suiaunoa-Scanlan, MPH

Ms. Lynnette Suiaunoa-Scanlan, MPH

Hilton Prize Coalition and Global Health Task Force Fellow - Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Project

Location: American Samoa

Email: faalupe@gmail.com

Ms. Lynette Fa’alupe Suiaunoa-Scanlan is a Hilton Fellow from the Hilton Prize Coalition and Global Health Task Force and has been assigned to assist the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health (CDC CGH) and PIHOA with implementing a coverage evaluation survey for preventative chemotherapy aimed to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in American Samoa. Ms. Suiaunoa-Scanlan recently moved back to American Samoa and is originally from the village of Mapusaga Fou. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a concentration in Global Health and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Communication from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Ms. Suiaunoa-Scanlan assists with conducting and supervising community-based coverage survey interviews at selected households across American Samoa. She also assists with data collection and entry into survey tablets to finalizing the LF survey coverage reports. Ms. Suiaunoa-Scanlan strives to continue to work towards achieving more health goals and ultimately to eliminate Lymphatic Filiriasis and other diseases in American Samoa. 

Mr. Manasa Mainaqelelevu, CMLT, BAppSc MLS, PGDip Tert.Tchg, PGDip MLS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Mr. Manasa Mainaqelelevu, CMLT, BAppSc MLS, PGDip Tert.Tchg, PGDip MLS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Regional Laboratory Program Specialist

Location: Pohnpei, FSM

Email: manasam@pihoa.org

Mr. Manasa Mainaqelelevu is originally from Fiji and joined PIHOA in 2018 as the Regional Laboratory Program Specialist. He works closely with PIHOA Regional Laboratory Strengthening Coordinator, Ms. Vasiti Uluiviti and contributes to Strengthening Medical Laboratory Development in the USAPIs. Mr. Mainaqelelvu’s focus of work is to create a pathway for international accreditation for medical testing laboratories in the USAPI jurisdictions using the Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) and the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) Toolkit. Apart from that, he also assists in many laboratory specialized trainings. Mr. Mainaqelelevu is a certified SLIPTA/SLMTA trainer and is involved in the implementation of SLIPTA and SLMTA in the USAPI labs. He also provides training, technical assistance and consultation on laboratory systems improvement processes for the establishment of quality laboratory management systems in USAPI labs. Mr. Mainaqelelvu’s work also includes improving and enhancing influenza lab-based surveillance, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance and other infectious diseases (e.g. mumps, leptospirosis, dengue) and infection prevention and control practices in the USAPIs. Before he joined PIHOA, Mr. Mainaqelelvu was a Lecturer of Microbiology for 13 years at the Fiji National University (FNU) and coordinated their Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Program. He was also the Laboratory Quality Manager and Laboratory Manager for six years at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa. Mr. Mainaqelelevu holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Tasmania, Postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology from the University of Otago, a Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching, and is Board Certified with the American Society of Clinical Pathology as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Dr. Mark Durand, MD, MPH

Dr. Mark Durand, MD, MPH

Regional Health Information Systems and Performance Management Consultant

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: durand@pihoa.org

From 2011 to 2019, Dr. Mark Durand served as the Regional Health Information Systems and Performance Management Coordinator for PIHOA. In 2020, he continued his work as a consultant by providing technical assistance and leadership to PIHOA in areas related to Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement and Health Information Systems. Dr. Durand has worked extensively in health agencies throughout the USAPIs in health workforce planning and development, development of disease surveillance systems, health information systems, strategic planning for health agencies, and quality assurance program development. He is the former Director of Health Services in Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia, a public health administrator/medical director in the Northern Mariana Islands, and director of the Yap Area Health Education Center and a faculty member at the University of Hawaii ‐ John A. Burns School of Medicine - Palau Area Health Education Center - Community Health Residency Program for physicians. Dr. Durand has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers related to health services in the Pacific.

Ms. Matilda Ward

Ms. Matilda Ward

Administrative Assistant

Location: Guam

Email: matildaw@pihoa.org

Biography coming soon.

Mr. Mike Baker

Mr. Mike Baker

Accounting Assistant

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: assistant@pihoa.org

Biography coming soon.

Mr. Robert Greathouse, MPH

Mr. Robert Greathouse, MPH

Regional Public Health Advisor, Grants Management – USAPI NCD and PHEP Programs

Location: Guam

Email: greathouse@pihoa.org

Mr. Robert Greathouse joined PIHOA in September 2018 as an independent contractor, serving in the role of Regional Public Health Advisor, supporting both noncommunicable disease and public health emergency preparedness programs across all six USAPI jurisdictions. He is based at PIHOA’s Guam Office located in Hagatna. Mr. Greathouse comes to PIHOA with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Southern University (TSU), and his Master’s Degree in Public Health (with an emphasis on Community Health and Development) from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Mr. Greathouse brings to his current position five years supporting grants and project management functions for CDC-funded global health projects, as both a Project Officer and Senior Project Officer. Mr. Greathouse has supported CDC-funded projects in both Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, spanning a wide array of program areas, including HIV, TB, malaria prevention, infection prevention and control, strategic information, and organizational systems strengthening programming. Before joining PIHOA, Mr. Greathouse worked for three years at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) as a Country Program Officer in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he served for two years as a Senior Project Officer at ICAP at Columbia University in New York City. In both roles, Mr. Greathouse provided technical assistance to a portfolio of country programs across the three phases of the grants life cycle, including the pre-award, award, and post-award phase. Mr. Greathouse has accrued expertise in proposal management, project startup including work plan and budget development, financial and programmatic reporting, the preparation and submission of prior approvals, and project closeout processes. Mr. Greathouse conveys that his goals and objectives as the PIHOA Regional Public Health Advisor are to improve the processes deployed by USAPI jurisdictional NCD and PHEP programs in the award and post-award phases of the grants cycle, particularly with respect to budget and financial report preparation. In the long term, he also hopes to work in tandem with colleagues in each jurisdiction to reduce unobligated balances for each respective program, and strengthen the capacity of these colleagues to support grants management functions across the grants lifecycle and form a cadre of “Grants Management Champions” for federal grants management in each jurisdiction.

CDC Staff Placements

Dr. W. Thane Hancock, MD, MPH

Dr. W. Thane Hancock, MD, MPH

CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer

Location: Guam

Email: vie1@cdc.gov, thaneh@pihoa.org

W. Thane Hancock was born and raised in Hawaii with an older adopted brother from the Federated States of Micronesia. While growing up, he spent summers with his brother's family on Ulithi Atoll in Yap State. When he was 14 years old, during one of the visits, he fell ill and quickly appreciated the impact of being in a resource-limited health system. He decided that he would later come back to Micronesia to serve as a health professional. Dr. Hancock received his BA in Anthropology from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and then returned to the Pacific for his MPH, MD, and residency training at the University of Hawaii. Upon completing his family medicine residency, Dr. Hancock accepted a job with the Wa'ab Community Health Center in Yap, Micronesia where he fulfilled his National Health Service Corps commitment working as a family physician. In 2011, he joined US CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) where he worked in the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the Division of Foodborne Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. In 2013, Dr. Hancock returned to Yap State to serve as a physician with a focus on non-communicable diseases and to assist the Yap EpiNet Team with outbreak surveillance and response. After a year and a half of service in Yap, he joined PIHOA and the US CDC as the new Career Epidemiology Field Officer for the USAPIs. He values the opportunity to serve with other public health professionals to help strengthen epidemiology across the region.

Ms. Mary Hayes

Ms. Mary Hayes

CDC Immunization Project Officer

Location: Guam

Email: mmh0@cdc.gov, maryh@pihoa.org

Biography coming soon.

Mr. Peter Judicpa

Mr. Peter Judicpa

CDC Immunization Project Officer

Location: Guam

Email: epk5@cdc.gov

Biography coming soon.

Ms. Stephanie Kern-Allely

Ms. Stephanie Kern-Allely

CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow

Location: Guam

Email: stephaniek@pihoa.org

Biography coming soon.

 

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