Pacific Islands Health Officers’ Association
PIHOA was established in 1986 by the health officials of the six US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Reflecting on shared experiences and health challenges, the USAPI health officials originally established PIHOA as a regional, collective voice for advocacy and policymaking to address common health concerns. PIHOA was incorporated in the CNMI and Hawai’i in 1987 and gained 501(c)3 status in 2012. PIHOA’s overarching goal is to strengthen local and regional health system capabilities, capacities, and community resilience against local and external health threats in line with the Pacific regional health priorities (Health Islands Vision) and U.S. national priorities. Today, PIHOA continues to provide a collective voice for Pacific health advocacy and regional policymaking but also supports partnership engagement and provision of technical assistance to USAPI health departments and ministries.
PIHOA’s mission is to improve the health and well being of the USAPI by providing, through consensus, a unified credible voice on health issues of regional significance.