Healthy Island Healthy People Conference

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2014; 1:15pm
DPHSS Release No. 2014-063

The Department of Public Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Consortium, is hosting the annual Healthy Island Healthy People Conference on September 10, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Guam Hilton Resort and Spa.

The conference will feature local key leaders including the Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Department of Public Health and Social Services Director James W. Gillan, and off-island presenters such as, Loren Cadena from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Jay Blackwell from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. The NCD Consortium action teams will share updates with the community on the progress of their efforts in addressing NCDs on Guam. In the afternoon, Dr. Juan Carlos Quiros, M.D. F.A.C.C. Cardiologist from the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California will be presenting on cardiovascular risk factor modifications. Updates on cancer, diabetes, and the Getting Guam Healthy Incentives Program are also included in the agenda.

NCDs are associated with the top four causes of death on Guam: heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. These diseases are strongly correlated with four major risk factors. These are tobacco use, alcohol abuse, poor diet and physical inactivity.

The NCD Consortium consists of various government organizations, private non-profit organizations and stakeholders working collectively towards a chronic disease-free Guam by encouraging the community to be healthy and active.

Get involved and learn more about NCD prevention and control. This conference is open to the community, health professionals, non-profit organizations, faith-based and youth organizations. However, space is limited. To register, contact Maria Cepeda at 474-7435 or email at, or Vivian Pareja at 474-0670 or

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