Hagåtña, Guam – At the request of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Director Linda Unpingco-Denorcey departed today to attend the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 2019 Annual Meeting and Policy Summit in Bethesda, Maryland.

Director Unpingco-Denorcey will be meeting with experts from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, and ASTHO Board of Directors to discuss a variety of health issues, such as protecting the health and security of our nation and island from global threats, emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, and public health preparedness.

In addition, Director Unpingco-Denorcey will meet with ASTHO to discuss Guam’s request for tech nical assistance and additional resources for the dengue cases currently affecting Guam. Director Unpingco-Denorcey has spent a lifetime in public health and can draw on personal relationships built during her long career.

Acting DPHSS Director Laurent Duenas is a professor, nurse, and public health professional with years of experience in community surveillance practices. Both the Director and Deputy re- main in constant communication with the existing response team.

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