For Immediate Release
May 25, 2022
The PIHOA Pacific Public Health Fellowship Program is Accepting Applications Until June 30, 2022
The PPHFP is a collaborative effort between the USAPIs’ departments/ministries of health, the Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association (PIHOA), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The USAPIs include the US Pacific Island Territories: Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), and American Samoa; and the US Freely Associated States (FAS): Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau.
Testimonials from Fellows
Real-World Experience for Emerging Pacific Island Public Health Leaders
Ms. LaDonna Engichy
2020 Pacific Public Health Fellow

Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, STD/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Program
"The fellowship provided me with a wide variety of valuable experiences. I worked on the front line alongside the Guam Public Health staff, engaged with community stakeholders, and conducted investigations with a visiting CDC team. I am eager to apply the skills and knowledge I've gained to serve the communities within the Pacific. I've gained a deep understanding of how health disparities impact people and would like to be part of the public health workforce to help reduce disease burden, especially among Pacific Islanders.”
“This fellowship has helped me to understand the local healthcare system and network with others to create long-term solutions on behalf of the entire CNMI community. I gained a tremendous amount of skills that enhanced my capabilities to support my pursuit of furthering my career and education. I strive to continue to be a health champion for Tinian, the CNMI, and the Pacific Region."
Ms. Gizelle Kwon 
2020 Pacific Public Health Fellow

CNMI Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation - Tinian Health Center,
Non-Communicable Disease Bureau
Why Become a Fellow?
Successful Pacific Public Health Fellows will:
  • Acquire skills and knowledge that will enhance their own future career in public health.
  • Gain an understanding of the wide array of employment opportunities in the field of public health.
  • Learn how to use the foundational knowledge learned in the PPHFP to work with USAPI communities to assure and improve health outcomes.
  • Network and make lasting connections with experienced health experts across many sectors of health care in the Pacific region.
  • Gain exposure to internationally renowned global health leaders from agencies such as the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and others.
  • Enhance their professional credentials through the completion of program activities and milestones.
Testimonials from Host Site Supervisors
“We have benefited tremendously from the fellowship program, both in terms of building the region’s cadre of public health professionals and increasing our capacity to fill gaps in areas of need.”
Mr. Vince Aquon 
Host Site Supervisor - Pacific Public Health Fellowship Program

Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services
“As a supervisor, I have been delighted with the experience that both we and the Fellow have gained. Gathering and analyzing data that will be used to develop evidence-based policy, systems, and interventions for the island of Tinian is a considerable achievement.”
Ms. Amber Lynn Mendiola
Host Site Supervisor - Pacific Public Health Fellowship Program

CNMI Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation