American Samoa Discretionary Awards

Project Title: American Samoa MCH Data Information Systems

Grant Number: H18MC00059
Project Start Date: December 1, 2017
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Address: 1 Fagaalu Road, PAGO PAGO, AS 96799-9998
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: American Samoa Emergency Medical Services for Children

Grant Number: H33MC06697
Project Start Date: April 1, 2018
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: LBJ Tropical Medical Center
Address: PO BOX LBJ, Pago Pago, AS 96799-0010
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.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2020