Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services

Mission Statement

The 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.

Target Population

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

  • Provides clinical nursing services at the Central Region Health Clinic, in Mangilao, dealing with the different programs in DPHSS (Clinic hours are Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, except weekends and holidays). Appointments can be made at the Medical Records Office.
  • Provides preventable nursing services. Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Family Planning (FP), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Communicable Diseases clinics are open to clients by appointments.
  • Provides health education and counseling services on child’s health, women’s health, family planning, communicable and chronic diseases, smoking cessation and other pertinent health information. In addition, they provide Early Prenatal Counseling and Breastfeeding Classes to prenatal clients and their partners.
  • Provides capped Immunization Clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to 10am and 1pm to 3pm for children zero – 18 years old and senior citizens 55 years and older for required immunizations.
  • Provides free pregnancy testing on Mondays and Wednesday, 8am to 10am, for the first ten women. Followed by consultation with a service provider or social worker for any referral of services as needed.
  • Provide services to Children with Special Health Care Needs including but not limited to the Shriner’s Bi-Annual Orthopedic Clinic for children zero – 21 years old who have been diagnosed with an orthopedic condition, Genetics Clinic for clients and their families in comprehending their specific diseases and/or risks within the context of their own psychosocial and ethno-cultural backgrounds. Families seeking appointment for these specialty clinics can call the Children with Special Health Care Needs Social Worker and they will assist with making the appointment.
  • 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.

    Immunization Outreaches

    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.


  • Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services Organizational Chart
  • Inside the Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services

    Abstinence Education Program

    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

    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

    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

    Clinical Nursing Services provide nursing services, providers, medical supplies, and equipment to CPHC in Mangilao.

    Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program

    No Summary Available.

    District Nursing Services

    District Nursing Services provide the nursing staff to do home visits, provide preventative home visits, and other nursing services and screenings.

    Family Planning Program

    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).

    Maternal and Child Health Program

    MCH is a federal program that focuses on improving the health of all mothers and children.

    Medical Records Section

    Medical Records is reponsible for keeping all clinic records of the clients of CRHC in Mangilao.

    Medical Social Services Section

    The Medical Social Services Section provides valuable services in the community through social work intervention by promoting and enhancing the problem-solving and coping capabilities of patients as a result of illness, malignancies, disability and it’s incapacitating effects. Medical Social Services (MSS) provides social work services and assistance to patients and/or their families in resolving social, emotional, and economic problems related to various medical conditions in order to enhance their quality of life.  MSS also helps clients effectively utilize health care and other support services in the community.

    Project Bisita i Familia

    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

    Project Karinu provides screening assessment mental health promotion and consultation, family education, and individualized services and supports for children (0-5 years of age).

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