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Strengthening Workforce and Building Connections in Guam

In January 2024, HIPHI traveled to Guam to connect and collaborate with public health leaders at the Pacific Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) Convening. Leaders joined from all over the globe: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and Republic of the Marshall Islands as well as the national PHIG partners: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over the weeklong event, participants were trained on trauma-informed leadership skills, designed island-specific plans addressing workforce and data modernization challenges, and explored technical assistance (TA) requests with national providers. HIPHI helped lead discussions on developing equitable and sustainable strategies for local public health departments. This experience highlighted the value of government and non-profit partnerships to move this critical work forward. HIPHI looks forward to continuing these connections and supporting Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands’ public health workforce! If you want to stay informed on this work, please get in touch with Makamae Namahoe at

PHIG is a multi-billion dollar grant that supports critical public health infrastructure needs of health departments across the United States, making this Congress’ most significant public health investment. CDC awarded ASTHO, NNPHI, and PHAB to support state, local, and territorial health departments in modernizing data systems, recruiting and retaining a skilled public health workforce, and addressing longstanding public health infrastructure needs. Please visit the official website to learn more about the PHIG training and opportunities.

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Training and Workforce Development Initiatives Program Manager
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