The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Population Health Services (PHS) as part of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is dependent on U.S. Federal Government funding and supports to administer comprehensive HIV/AIDS, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, TB and Hansen’s Disease prevention and surveillance programs within the CNMI. As the sole public health institution for the Commonwealth, the CHCC Population Health Services’ objectives are to reduce new infections, improve access to care, advance the health and well-being of people infected and affected, to reduce stigma associated with these diseases, and promote health equity.
The Program submits this application for the continued support of the projects and objectives initiated by CDC-RFA-PS13-1301 and CDC-RFA-PS18-1801. The integrated five-year award beginning in 2013 funded the CNMI to 1) enhance existing strengths/ongoing efforts, 2) identify areas for improvement within health care systems, 3) improve inter/intra-agency collaboration, and 4) increase efficiencies of health care systems’ abilities to diagnosis, treat and prevent HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, TB and Hansen’s Disease within their jurisdictions. This application intends to fulfill implementation of the five core strategies in the FOA:
1. Program Collaboration and Service Integration (PCSI)
2. Surveillance, Data Management, and Reporting
3. Workforce Development
4. Laboratory Strengthening
5. Disease -Specific Prevention and Care
The CNMI CHCC PHS continues its support of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) program imperative for improved integrated prevention and treatment services from the program level that ultimately serves to improve client level services. There is commitment from the programs to increase effectiveness, preparedness, and improve operations supported by disease-specific recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national strategic plans such as Healthy People 2030, the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the U.S. Government Global Tuberculosis Strategy, and the Guidelines for the Investigation of Contacts of Persons with Infectious Tuberculosis. The collaboration of the programs to integrate services through surveillance and data management will provide the infrastructure to strengthen health systems for improved health outcomes for the target populations.