DPHSS

DIRECTOR'S OFFICE - GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
The Director's Office is responsible for providing direction, administrative leadership, and guidance to the various divisions within PH&SS. It is responsible for maintaining the three major health centers including two satellite offices, all vehicles, equipment, and custodial services for the entire department. It is also responsible for the Licensure Office. Moreover, the Director's Office functions as the document-processing center for all PH&SS facilities - screening, sorting and hence routing to proper channels. It provides administrative needs of employees within the department and with other agencies. It also engages in the procurement, issuance, storage, inventory and maintenance of all supplies and equipment for the entire department. Other responsibilities include the preparation of the budget review and coordination of departmental request.
 
DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
To ensure public and consumer protection by promoting preventive measures against unsanitary conditions, educating food handlers, establishments, private and government premises, commercial and international maritime vessels, animal quarantine facilities, pet shops, pharmacies and business establishments for cosmetics, medical devices, chemical products, food manufacturing plants, swimming pools, and radiological facilities; confiscating and disposing of violative food products; witnessing of disinterments for proper procedures; conducting workshops for health certificate applicants to be employed in health regulated activities; reviewing plans and specifications for construction and/or renovation of health regulated establishments; reviewing and approving the importation of food and other consumer products; by controlling dogs and cats; regulating smoking within public places of employment to protect consumers from risk associated with second hand smoke; and, through the enforcement of all environmental health regulations.
 
DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
To ensure the provision of direct and indirect health care services for individuals, families, high risk groups and the community at the three health facilities, in addition to the schools, home settings and other community locations and in accordance with legal mandates and identified collective health needs of the population in an effective and efficient manner.
 
DIVISION OF PUBLIC WELFARE
To promote positive social conditions that contribute toward the attainment of the highest and social well being for the economically and socially disadvantaged populations within the Territory of Guam by developing and efficient and effective delivery system of services to eligible clients within the territory; by determining eligibility of applicants; by administering payments and various social services to remove social barriers which prevent person from obtaining/maintaining the basic necessities of life to include safe and decent housing, medical care, nutritious foods and employment status.
 
DIVISION OF SENIOR CITIZENS
The Division of Senior Citizens (DSC) is the principal advocate for senior citizens throughout the island. Activities are planned, developed, and related to the purposes of the Older Americans Act. The Division is mandated by federal and Guam laws to ensure programs funded under Title III are coordinated effectively.
As the State Agency on Aging, DSC does not provide direct services to elderly clients, with the exception of our Community Support Services and Adult Protective Services Unit activities. The Division, therefore, contracts for all services/programs funded locally and under Title III to private or non-profit organizations.
The Division is primarily responsible for coordinating all activities in the island relating to the purposes of the Older Americans Act; serving as the effective and visible advocate for all older persons on Guam; and assisting agencies and other entities in the development of a comprehensive and coordinated service delivery systems throughout Guam.




 

 

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