Staff and volunteers of the Division of Public Health programs took part in a professional development workshop, which was highlighted by fun activities that both created and developed more awareness about health disorders and preventions.
Held at the Commonwealth Health Center Thursday, there were more than 50 participants who attended the educational session hosted by the non-communicable disease (NCD) bureau. Facilitating the event was Joanne C. Ogo, program coordinator for the comprehensive cancer control program.
Saipan Tribune was told that the professional development workshop's goal was to better equip health workers and volunteers with tools and knowledge that will help in their role as effective providers.
It is also a time for staff to prepare, continuously update, and review and reflect on their own performances.
Ogo started the special workshop by recognizing the division's best employees of the month and the dedicated volunteers for the various health programs.
From the traditional lecture-type professional development sessions of the past, participants engaged this time in mind and physical activities that centered on health and prevention issues. A walk within the hospital site was also among the highlights of the three-hour event that ended 3pm Thursday.
To give healthcare providers inspirational messages, keynote speaker Frances S. Hofschneider encouraged participants to trust in their abilities and they will succeed. Hofscheider is the administrative specialist for the Public Health Division's NCD Bureau.
Hofschneider, who spent years of working at the private sector, said she “fell in love” with the public health work the very first time she tried it. She believes that with her dedication, she would greatly contribute to the public health programs. Hofschneider obtained her bachelor degree from the Argosy University.
She cited four key factors in her success: belief in herself, admitting mistakes and learning from them, having a positive outlook in life, and continuous motivation to study.