Inside the Community Health Services Section
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Program conducts random telephone surveys that collect information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.
This program conducts a cross-sectional telephone survey that collects prevalence data among Guam adult residents 18 years of age and older regarding their risk behaviors and preventive health practices that can affect their health. BRFSS data can help to identify and track health-related risk behaviors and chronic conditions, track health objectives, evaluate disease prevention activities, and assess emerging health problems. For more information about the BRFSS program at CDC, visit that agency’s website at www.cdc.gov/brfss
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program develops policies and promotes activities that improve the quality and access to cancer information.
Comprehensive Cancer Control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in: risk reduction, early detection, better treatment, and enhanced survivorship. The Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (GCCCP) is funded through a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. This is not a direct service program. Instead, this program focuses on bringing representatives from the cancer network on Guam (public, private, and non-profit organizations as well as individuals) together to address prevention; early detection and treatment; survivorship; data and research; and policy and advocacy issues faced by cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and families on Guam.
Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program conducts activities that will ultimately reduce mortality due to chronic diseases, reduce the prevalence of disabling chronic diseases, improve the quality of life and health outcomes.
The Non-communicable Disease Control (NCD) Program addresses Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical Activity, and Obesity (SNAPO).
Through active collaboration with the community partners, an NCD Consortium was established to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke/CVA, cancer, diabetes, etc. The program addresses smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, and obesity.
For more information about the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium, please visit https://livehealthy.guam.gov
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program develops policies and promotes activities that improve the quality and access to diabetes care.
This program develops policies and promotes activities that improve the quality and access to diabetes care. Through collaboration with community partners and coalitions promotes an integrated and comprehensive approach by conducting education, awareness, and training on diabetes prevention and control.
Health Education Section, in collaboration with the other programs, conducts health information campaigns and awareness on healthy practices and lifestyles that are conducive to their health and well-being.
The Guam Office of Minority Health (OMH) works in collaboration and in partnership with local, regional, national, and international organizations to promote the elimination of health disparities in minority communities.
The Guam OMH exists to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities, with a focus on under-served and under-represented communities. The Guam OMH manages the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program (SVPEP), a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant; serves as a co-facilitator for the Brief Tobacco Intervention (BTI) training, under the Guam Tobacco Prevention and Control Program; and supports community health fairs, school health education, policy development, and health initiatives to promote healthier living.
The Sexual Violence Prevention and Control Program conducts primary prevention activities addressing rape, sexual abuse, and family violence.
This program conducts primary prevention activities addressing rape, sexual abuse, and family violence. Collaborates and networks with the coalition and partner agencies in conducting education and awareness, developing and advocating for policies addressing rape, sexual abuse, and family violence prevention.
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) implements a coordinated and comprehensive approach in tobacco control by developing, enforcing, and advocating for policies, counter-marketing strategies, cessation programs, surveillance, and evaluation.
The program works to prevent tobacco-related illnesses, by spreading awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine use, and services available to aid in tobacco/nicotine cessation. TPCP engages the community through public outreaches, school presentations, and health/wellness fairs. This community participation is a function of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program.
Additionally, TPCP addresses the tobacco-use status and encourages cessation and prevention, and maintains direct communication with the Tobacco-Free Guam Quitline client services director regarding callers to the Quitline, as well as local Quit Coaches who offer personal tobacco/nicotine cessation facilitation.
If you are ready to quit smoking or using tobacco, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitnow.net/guam. It’s FREE and open 24/7.