Mission StatementThe mission of the Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services is to provide community health nursing services by synthesizing nursing practice and public health practices, which focus on health promotion, disease prevention, early detection and treatment of health problems, and the restoration of health of individuals, families, and communities.
The Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services (BFHNS), under the auspices of the Division of Public Health, Department of Public Health and Social Services believes in providing individual, family, and community health by implementing the preventative approach to health through the three levels of prevention:Primary – prevention of problems before they occur Secondary – early detection and intervention Tertiary – correction and prevention of deterioration of a disease state
The BFHNS assists and empowers individuals, families, and communities to take ownership and responsibility of their health care to achieve their highest level of health status. Henceforth, the maintenance of optimal health status of all individuals, including people with disabilities, families, and communities throughout the island of Guam is reinforced through collaboration with multidisciplinary teams in providing comprehensive community health services.
The target population of the BFHNS consists of uninsured and medically underserved populations. Specific groups within the target population include children 0 – 8 years old (including children with special health care needs); adolescents; women of childbearing age with health risk factors; pregnant women including adolescents; the elderly (55 years and over); individuals living in substandard housing units; public health patients (i.e., patients with communicable, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases).
Services provided by Central Region Health Clinic
Home Visiting Services
The MCH clients that access the Central Public Health clinic and are MCH clients within the clinics are visited by the BFHNS Nursing staff on preventative Health issues, Newborn/Postpartum referrals, and any priority visits with the TB or STD programs. The District Nurses provide home visits, screenings, and immunizations to their clients.
The BFHNS staff provide monthy village or community-base Immunization outreaches to the community of Guam. They also provide family Planning counseling and prenatal care education during these immunization outreaches. Other DPHSS programs are also involved with these outreaches and other government agencies also. Provide nursing services during monthly WIC Immunization Outreaches, every first Friday of the month for WIC clients at the Tiyan Office.
Inside the Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services
This program provides a continuum of services and community-based program strategies designed to address important health issues, such as reducing teenage and subsequently reducing the health risks, both physical and psychological that accompany early sexual activity.
Central Region Health Clinic provides preventative health care services to men, women, adolescents and children who are uninsured.
Children with Special Health Care Needs Program improves access for clients with integrated services and provides funding for children with special health care needs.
Clinical Nursing Services provide nursing services, providers, medical supplies, and equipment to CPHC in Mangilao.
District Nursing Services provide the nursing staff to do home visits, provide preventative home visits, and other nursing services and screenings.
Title X Guam Family Planning Program provides comprehensive reproductive health care to low income women, men, and adolescents to prevent unplanned/unintended pregnancies, and unwanted Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
Project Bisita i Familia is a collaborative project designed to plan, implement, and sustain an effective evidence-based home visiting program for at-risk children and their families.
Project Karinu provides screening assessment mental health promotion and consultation, family education, and individualized services and supports for children (0-5 years of age).