The Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) consists of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Non-Communicable Disease Bureau, Immunization Program, TB/Hansen’s Disease Program, and the HIV/STD Treatment and Resource Program. Approximately 70 employees of the DPHS of the CHCC deliver the majority of public health services for the people of the CNMI. DPHS programs and personnel are almost exclusively funded by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
Every day, we protect communities from health threats such as foodborne illnesses, and preventable illness and injury. Public Health also works against chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Our efforts to address their underlying causes have brought us new partnerships and initiatives that necessitates new and flexible approaches, including policy-level interventions and social determinants.
In a time of limited resources and the inevitable realities of budget cuts due to sequestration and the financial constraints of the Corporation, “doing more with less” and leveraging resources is no stranger to the staff and management of Public Health. In such a dire time, more so than ever, engaging the people of the Commonwealth to join us in our mission to improve the health of our people is vital.
We all play a part in improving the lives of our people and making Public Health everyone’s business is the ultimate goal. We urge everyone in the community to advocate, educate, and be part of a healthier CNMI. Working together and with our partners, we will continue to increase our positive impact on the health and well-being of our CNMI communities.
DPHS continues to strive towards mobilizing, strengthening, and engaging our community to “choose health.” We aim to meet national health standards by continued progress towards meeting national Public Health Accreditation Board standards.
Margarita Torres Aldan, MPH
Director, Division of Public Health Services
“Your health, My health, Our Public Health”
In partnership with the community, provide quality services to promote and improve health and well-being for the people of the CNMI
Families and communities of the CNMI empowered to live healthier lifestyles.
CNMI DPHS is committed to improving health outcomes in the community through integrity, quality services, professionalism, transparency, and respect.
1. Improving the financial sustainability of the Division by identifying appropriate revenue generating and cost-cutting measures and continually submitting applications for new funding opportunities as appropriate.
2. Improving the Health Information Management System of Division in order to improve health data collection, surveillance, and reporting.
3. Establishing a Public Health Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement System to systematically address inefficiencies and waste in our operations
4. Aligning the Divisions efforts to better support the goal to prevent and control the burden of non-communicable diseases in the CNMI.
5. Continuing Outreach Events CNMI-wide: Saipan, Rota and Tinian
6. Improving DPHS workforce capacity by collaborating with partners such as NMC, WHO, and PIHOA for specialized training in the field of healthcare.
7. Continuing DPHS work with partners and community members on working on strategies to address the health issues that have impacted the community for improved population health per the Community Health Improvement Plan.