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Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

Published on: 12 January, 2017

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) is a major provider of healthcare, public health, and social services on Guam. It is a close partner of POLHN in the country.


With over 400 staff, DPHSS is organized into five service divisions, including public health, general administration, environmental health, senior citizens, and public welfare. DPHSS administers programs and services promoting primary care, environmental health, welfare and social services, and senior services. The Department has oversight over the Guam Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers are multi-specialty primary care clinics.


The five divisions have programs and services to include welfare benefits and program assistance, such as:

  • Medically Indigent Program (MIP) and Medicaid;
  • licensing of childcare facilities and foster care homes;
  • child protective services;
  • administration of health and sanitary certificates;
  • immunizations;
  • issuance of birth and death certificates;
  • marriage licenses;
  • prevention and control of communicable diseases;
  • services for women, infants and children;
  • and administration of aging programs.

For more information, please visit the DPHSS website.