Office of Insular Affairs and Insular Areas Information
The Secretary of the Interior has administrative responsibility for coordinating Federal policy in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Secretary also oversees U.S. Federal assistance provided to the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau (ROP) under the Compacts of Free Association. The Secretary delegates his authority to the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) executes the above responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary.
Improving the quality of health care in the Insular Areas is one of the top priorities for OIA. Through the Compacts of Free Association, OIA administers the majority of health care funding in the FSM and the RMI. In addition, in OIA's oversight role, its health specialist closely monitors health status and performance, helps in planning and response to health issues and provides assistance to the health departments during public health emergencies. To leverage its efforts and best coordinate Federal response to health care needs in the Insular Areas, the DOI signed a joint agreement with the HHS, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense creating the Interagency Coordinated Assets for Insular Health Response (I-CAIHR). More information on I-CAIHR can be found at http://www.doi.gov/oia/Firstpginfo/health_summit/HS_report.html.
While each Insular government's health department works directly with the WHO, CDC and HHS, OIA has been in direct communication with their health officials to facilitate information sharing. Contact information for Insular Area health officials can be found at http://www.doi.gov/oia/Firstpginfo/health_summit/health_contacts.html.
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