Regional Conference Examines Health Systems for Economic, Growth, Development and Wealth

Basseterre, St, Kitts and Nevis, 12 June 2018. Recognising that health care systems and the public health infrastructure in the Region are in urgent need of attention and should be better financed, Caribbean governments have identified the strengthening of these systems as a priority area.  

Health research is a key aspect of the health system capacity that needs to be improved and made more policy-relevant, in order to address critical matters such as improving the effectiveness of health systems, and investment needs and opportunities.  

For this reason, Sustainable Health Systems for Economic, Growth, Development and Wealth, has been chosen as the 2018 theme for Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) Health Research Conference.  Now in its 63rd year, the Conference will highlight indigenous research on health systems, identify gaps and foster regional and international collaboration to address priority issues.  The event will take place from 14 to 16 June in St. Kitts and Nevis.

This year’s conference will also foster a research culture among the local health and allied health professionals, and build capacity in research grant writing and implementation science and other research skills for health and allied health professionals.  The conference will establish mentorships, partnerships and collaborations that would strengthen the capacity of researchers in St. Kitts and Nevis to attract grants and conduct and utilize research. 

Over the course of the three days, more than 150 delegates including policy-makers, health and environmental health professionals, researchers, and other public health officials from across the Caribbean Region, Latin America, North America and Europe will converge at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.  

In addition to five feature lectures, more than 50 posters providing a visual into research findings will be on display.  There will also be a panel discussion on Sustainable Health Systems for Economic, Growth, Development and Wealth.  Attendees will have access to companies and organisations showcasing their products and services.  

The conference presents a unique opportunity to host a number of meetings and training events.   A series of pre-conference events will include the annual meeting of the Caribbean Chief Medical Officers;  a Regional Health Communications Symposium; Data Analysis Using Epi Info™ 7 Training Workshop; Environmental Occupational Health Training; and the launch of the Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub.  The Climate and Health Expert Panel Meeting will also take place on the eve of the Conference.  

More information be found at the Conference website

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