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Guam Communications Network (GCN)
The Guam Communications Network (GCN), was established in 1993, as a non-profit 501 (3)(c) corporation. It is the sole community-based multi-service agency serving Chamorros in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties, as has been a recipient of numerous government and private foundation funding. Our mission is to facilitate increased public awareness of the issues concerning the Chamorro people and culture through education, coalition building and advocacy. The agency operates over twelve different cultural enrichment/social service programs that are designed to encompass cultural promotion and preservation, health and welfare, cancer research, senior care management, and other specific public health issues.
Project Title: Hepatitis B and Pacific Islanders
Little data has been collected on hepatitis B and the Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. GCN collected survey data on three Pacific Islander subgroups, the Chamorros, Samoans, and Micronesians, to establish much needed baseline data on these communities in Southern California about their knowledge, attitudes and testing behaviors on hepatitis B and to use the information to inform social marketing and educational activities to increase awareness of hepatitis B in this target population. GCN reviewed, revised and translated and adapted an existing survey instrument to be culturally and linguistically appropriate for use in the Pacific Islander community.