American Samoa Discretionary Awards

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00059
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: Fagaalu Road PAGO PAGO AS 96799
Project Director: Margaret Sesepasara
Phone Number: (684) 633-1944

Project Description

The primary purpose of this State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) Grant Program is to develop, enhance, and expand American Samoa’s Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Block Grant program. Such enhanced MCH data capacity will also assist MCH Title V to engage in informed decision-making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for women, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs. SSDI complements the Title V MCH Block Grant program by improving the availability, timeliness, and quality of MCH data. Utilization of these data will be instrumental in the program’s assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts, along with related investments, in the yearly Title V MCH Block Grant application/annual report.

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC32233
Project Start Date: September 30, 2018
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: American Samoa Department of Health
Address: PAGO PAGO AS 96799
Project Director: Ipuniuesea Eliapo-Unutoa
Phone Number: (684) 633-4008

Project Description

A center for all families of children with special needs where parents/guardians/family members can receive support and education on how to advocate for improvements in healthcare services for their children. A place where a family can be empowered to navigate and utilize available healthcare services for special needs population.

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06697
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: LBJ Tropical Medical Center
Address: Pago Pago AS 96799
Project Director: Fuapopo Avegalio
Phone Number: (684) 633-5003

Project Description

Due to American Samoa distance from the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland, American Samoa is considered “remote”. The outer islands of American Samoa, Ofu, Olosega, Tau, and Swains atoll are more remote to the main island Tutuila where the territory’s only hospital is located. This remoteness affects transportation, communications, and access to advance and specialty health care. American Samoa is “medically under-served” meaning that there are not enough doctors, nurses or physician assistants to maintain or improve health of the people in the territory. While ambulance services cover the entire territory, transport distances are lengthy and back-up coverage is usually limited.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33565
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Project Director: Margaret Sesepasara
Phone Number: (684) 633-1944

Project Description

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families living in at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers this program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, funds states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020