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Today at the Lotte Hotel in Tumon, an inaugural meeting was kicked-off with stakeholders from throughout the Pacific as they gathered to discuss Non-Communicable Diseases with the Guam NCD Consortium from the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Senator Rodriguez was given the honor of addressing those present, speaking on the "Power of Collaboration" among entities.  He stressed that the work the NCD Consortium produces in collaboration with many governmental, private and non-profit organizations, locally and regionally, is vital to bringing awareness and education to the people.  He further emphasized that this collaboration has seen many successes in advocating for government policy reform, better health practices among communities and true education outreach providing true results toward eliminating the NCDs on Guam and in the Pacific.

Participants included Leadership Teams from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Island Team (Diabetes, Tobacco and Evaluation), Pacific Islands Health Officers Association (PIHOA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Over the two day meeting, the NCD Collaboration will focus on the roles and commitments each of the visiting leadership teams will have, in the region and with the Pacific Island Jurisdictions (PIJs); World Health Day April 2016: Diabetes; a panel discussion on strengthening NCD prevention efforts in the region and how to fill gaps; data, surveillance & monitoring in the PIJs; and country reports on prevention efforts.  

 NCD Collaboration Meeting

Senator Rodriguez with members of the American Samoa delegation participating in the inaugural NCD Consortium Collaboration Meeting at the Lotte Hotel in Tumon.

 

In the first Legislative Session of 2016, three of Sen. Rodriguez's Bills were debated and voted on, making it a step closer to helping address several community issues.

The 3 Bills were to address community flooding, the Natasha Protection Act and Social Work Licensure.

Bill 136-33 is an act to address flooding in several community areas by using appropriated funds from the FY14 Guam Highway Fund.  This measure passed with 9 yea votes.

Bill 143-33 is an act to strengthen the Natasha Protection Act by adding increased enforcement and training.  The Bill passed unanimously.

Bill 211-33 is an act to extend the timeline for obtaining exemptions and execptions for Social Work Licensure upon the promulgation of the SW Rules and Regulations.  This Bill also passed unanimously.

The Bills, as passed, will now be sent to Gov. Calvo for his approval or veto.

The Committee on Health will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:30pm in the Legislature's Public Hearing Room.
 
The Committee will accept oral and written testimony on the following:
 
Bill 190-33 (COR)- An act to amend Section 9(c) of Public Law 32-054, relative to requiring that the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor exam is the sole requisite exam for licensure for Licensed Mental Health Counselor; and to amend Sections 1, 2, 8, 9 and 16 of P.L. 32-054 for purposes of establishing a licensed intern designation during the three thousand (3,000) hour post-graduate clinical experience period required for Mental Health Professional Licensure; and
 
Bill 211-33 (COR)- An act to amend Subsections 122317 and 122318 of Article 23, Chapter 12, Part 2, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated relative to extending the timeline for obtaining exemptions and exceptions for Social Worker Licensure upon the promulgation and enactment of the Rules and Regulations.
 
Individuals who wish to submit written testimony may address Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, and send via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or hand deliver to his office at 176 Serenu Avenue Suite 107 Tamuning, Guam or to the Legislature's Mailroom at 155 Hesler Place Hagatna, Guam.
 
Individuals who may require special assistance are asked to contact the Office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
 
For more information, please contact 649-8638/0511.
 
Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!
 

The University of Guam Political Science Student Association (PSSA) is sponsoring their 3rd Annual Toiletry Drive beginning today through December 14, 2015.

PSSA's drive beneficiary is Sanctuary Inc. a non-profit organization who has served Guam's troubled youth and their families for 44 years.

We are seeking your help to donate toiletries and sundries for the use of their clientele (See below for details).  All donations may be dropped off to our office or you may contact us for pick-up.

For more information, please contact PSSA at [email protected] or our office at 649-8638/0511.

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!

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