Dr. Joy St. John
In the wider world, crime and violence are devastating governments, businesses, communities, schools, families, and livelihoods. The Caribbean has not been able to escape the scourge, which has crept into this beautiful corner of the world. We need to halt the erosion of CARICOM’s developmental potential, through a uniquely Caribbean way of managing this current crisis and preventing a worsening despite the limited financial and technical resources available to us to effectively implement change.
I am pleased that the Heads of Government of CARICOM have provided the Region with a blueprint for coordinated whole of society action through the outcome document, Declaration by Heads of Government on Crime and Violence as a Public Health Issue of April 2023. The initiative to approach its management as a public health issue demonstrates that there is commitment to exploring all avenues of Prevention. CARPHA has responded through the powerful medium of Research, for we must understand what violence is happening, why it is happening and to whom. Therefore CARPHA’s 68th Annual Health Research Conference, is appropriately themed “Violence in the Caribbean - A Public Health Challenge”. This Conference will showcase the Caribbean situation, seek solutions to our peculiar challenges and bring multiple sectors together to start the conversations which will build consensus for effective national and Regional actions.
Saint. Lucia, the Helen of the West will be host to this year’s conference where our academic scholars, public health practitioners, researchers (young and experienced), sponsors and all other attendees will take a deep dive into all things public health but with greater emphasis on crime and violence in this region through the lens of the public health approach.
So come, let Saint Lucia inspire you to be creative, learn, network and relax at the 68th CARPHA Health Research Conference.
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