Guam Community Health Centers
The Guam Community Health Centers (Northern and Southern Region Community Health Centers (NRCHC and SRCHC)) are both under the auspices of the Bureau Of Primary Care Services (BPCS). The Administrator of the BPCS serves as the Executive Director of both NRCHC and SRCHC. The Board Of Directors assumes the governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the Community Health Centers.
The Bureau of Primary care Services aims to reduce health disparities by providing comprehensive primary health care to the underserved, indigent, and uninsured populations who are most in need of assistance and least able to find it.
History Of The CHC
The Guam Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, are multi-specialty primary care clinics. The Southern Region Community Health Center (SRCHC) has been in existence for 28 years, first opening its doors in 1984, and theNorthernRegionCommunityHealthCenterwas established in 1998.
The mission of the BPCS is to improve the health status of the people ofGuamand provide leadership in health information and surveillance, assurance of a healthful environment, and promotion of community partnerships.
The vision of the Bureau of Primary Care Services is to improve the health ofGuam’s community by empowering patients to be responsible for their health and offering quality patient care.
The target population for the Guam community health centers consists of the low income, uninsured, and medically underserved populations. Specific groups within the target population include children 0-11 years old (including children with special health care needs); adolescents (including youths confined in a correctional facility); women of child bearing age with health risk factors; pregnant women including adolescents; the elderly (55 years and over); individuals staying in emergency or transitional shelters for the homeless; individuals living in substandard housing units; public health patients (i.e., patients with communicable, infectious, sexually transmitted, and chronic diseases); Federated States of Micronesia and Marshallese citizens; and immigrants. Ambulatory medical needs of the target population are addressed at the centers.
Community Health Center Services
The Southern and Northern Region Community Health Centers provide primary healthcare, acute outpatient care, and preventive services to the community. Family practitioners, pediatricians, internists, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals provide a full range of essential primary care services.
Primary Care And Preventive Services
- Prenatal and Postpartum Care
- Women’s Health (OB/GYN Care)
- Well Baby Care
- Child Health
- Adolescent Health
- Adult Care
- Minor Surgery and Wound Repair
- TB Test
- Directly Observed TB Therapy
- Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Testing for Children (EPSDT)
- Family Planning Services
- Cancer Screening
- Communicable Disease Screening and Treatment (HIV, TB, STD, etc)
- Chronic Disease Care (Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, etc)
- Diagnostic Laboratory Services
- Pharmacy Services
- Chest X-Ray (SRCHC only)
- Vision Screening
- Community Outreach Services
- Health Education Services
- Nutrition Health Services
- Case Management
- Eligibility Assistance
- Home Visiting Services
- Translation Services
- Social Services
Medical Social Services
- Food Stamps
- Medically Indigent Program
- Medicaid Program
- Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program