Pacific Islands Health Officers’ Association
PIHOA is dedicated to the health and well being of the Pacific Island populations. PIHOA serves as a unifying voice and credible authority on issues of regional public health significance. Execution of this change is attained through collaborative and cooperative efforts in capacity building, advocacy and policy development, to provide medical care, promote health lifestyle, prevent disease and injury, and protect the environment.
PIHOA, a non-profit association, represents the collective health interests of three U.S. flag Jurisdictions, the Territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), Guam and the three Freely Associated States of Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. PIHOA has served as the regional health policy body for the past 18 years.
PIHOA is an association of the six principal health officers from the three U.S. Flag Territories and the three Freely Associated States in the Western Pacific. It is these six Directors, Ministers and Secretaries of Health that make up PIHOA’s Board of Directors.
Other PIHOA members include the health directors from the Federated States of Micronesia’s four states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap; the director of Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse; the Chief Executive Officer of American Samoa LBJ Tropical Medical Center; the Secretary of Health from the Republic of Marshall Islands; the director of public health services; Palau’s Director of Hospital and Clinical services; CNMI’s Deputy Secretary for Public Health Administration. PIHOA has recently included as “affiliate” members, the Presidents of the Pacific Basin Medical Association, the Pacific Basin Dental Association and the American Pacific Nursing Leaders Council.