U.S. Army Nurse Corps in American Samoa

Major Douglas Taylor and Lieutenant Christopher Johnson were in American Samoa from September 11th to September 29th and worked with the Department of Health. They provided a report to the Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga regarding their activities in American Samoa. 

(Also pictured Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua and Medicaid Director Sandra King-Young)

“We are incredibly grateful to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and his office and the people at the Department of Health for welcoming us to American Samoa. We have gained invaluable knowledge to better accomplish our military and healthcare mission by caring for patients and working with American Samoa providers. We provided care at Tafuna Clinic, Amouli Clinic, Leone Clinic, and visited patients in their homes. Major Douglas Taylor and Lieutenant Christopher Johnson assisted in the care of numerous health concerns including preventative care, diabetes, hypertension, bacterial and viral conditions, well-baby, well-woman care, prenatal care, depression, suicide prevention, anxiety, sleep disorders, diet, exercise, and medication adherence. In total, we provided care for 150 patients in primary care, prenatal, well-baby, and mental health. Furthermore, we conducted four education sessions, covering healthy diet for people with diabetes, suicide prevention with the juvenile detention center, and group medical visits and prenatal care with the Department of Health staff.  Most importantly, we developed and built personal relationships with the providers we worked with, creating an environment of mutual respect, collegiality, and bidirectional mentorship. The healthcare providers at the Department of Health expressed their appreciation for us sharing new evidence, clinical practice, and care models used in the United States which will promote better health and wellbeing for the American Samoa population. As health professionals and U.S. Military officers we are better prepared to lead, care for, and treat the sons and daughters of American Samoa who serve in the US military. Again, we would like to express our appreciation to American Samoa Department of Health, the Governor's Office, and the Uniformed Services University for these past three weeks and the training that will assuredly make us better Military Officers and providers. “

Fa’afetai,

Major Doug Taylor, United States Army, Nurse Corps

Lieutenant Christopher Johnson, United States Army, Nurse Corps