September 16, 2022 07:30 am

Poster Forum 2

September 16, 2022 08:10 am

Feature Lecture 4

Improving Population Health: need for an enduring focus on prevention
and equity

September 16, 2022 08:10 am

Feature Lecture - 4

Improving Population Health: need for an enduring focus on prevention
and equity

September 16, 2022 09:00 am

Session 5b: Noncommunicable Diseases I

September 16, 2022 09:00 am

Session 5a: COVID-19 Pandemic: Vaccine and Testing

September 16, 2022 09:00 am

(O-21) Skeletal Muscle Adiposity is Associated with Lower Cognition in African Caribbean Women

September 16, 2022 09:00 am

(O-16) Safety Monitoring of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Caribbean through Regional and Global Systems

September 16, 2022 09:15 am

(O-17) Rapid antigen tests: a screening tool for SARS-CoV-2 but not a diagnostic test

September 16, 2022 09:15 am

(O-22) Preliminary Report of the First Epidemiologic Study of Cardiac Structure and Function in African Ancestry Adults in the Caribbean: The Tobago Heart Study

September 16, 2022 09:30 am

(O-18) The evolution of screening and diagnostic testing for SARS CoV2 in Grenada

September 16, 2022 09:30 am

(O-23) Stroke hospitalizations before and during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the Academic Hospital of Paramaribo: A retrospective study

September 16, 2022 09:45 am

(O-19) SARS-CoV-2 Variants and qRT-PCR Cycle Threshold Values

September 16, 2022 09:45 am

(O-24) Assessing microvascular complications in Diabetic Foot using novel diagnostic equipment

September 16, 2022 10:00 am

(O-20) The Caribbean Vessel Surveillance System- Using Digital Health to Enhance Regional Health Security in the Caribbean

September 16, 2022 10:00 am

(O-25) Risk Factors associated with Change in Transcranial Doppler Velocities in Sickle Cell Disease: A Jamaican Study

September 16, 2022 10:15 am

Session on PCR testing by Co-Diagnostics

September 16, 2022 11:45 am

Session 6a: Child Health

September 16, 2022 11:45 am

Session 6b: Noncommunicable Diseases II

September 16, 2022 11:45 am

(O-30) Diabetes Self-Care in a Barbadian Population: With and without diabetic foot

September 16, 2022 12:00 pm

(O-27) Antenatal Corticosteroid and its Effects on Neonatal Health and Growth Parameters at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from the period 2019-2020

September 16, 2022 12:00 pm

(O-31) World Health Organization global evaluation of palliative care of six countries: results in Jamaica

September 16, 2022 12:15 pm

(O-28) The most common respiratory condition admitted to the Pediatric Medical Ward (PMW) and the trend of admission of patients to the PMW and the pattern of pre and post COVID at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

September 16, 2022 12:15 pm

(O-32) A Stakeholder Analysis of the Saint Lucian Mental Health (MH) System

September 16, 2022 12:30 pm

(O-29) The histopathology of steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome at the Bustamante hospital for children and the University hospital of the West Indies

September 16, 2022 12:30 pm

(O-33) Barriers to mental health treatment among young adults aged 18-35 in Barbados: Exploring the Health Professional perspective

September 16, 2022 02:00 pm

Session 7a: CARPHA Qualitative Research Methods Workshop

September 16, 2022 02:00 pm


In-Person Only

September 16, 2022 08:15 pm


September 15, 2022 08:00 am

Feature Lecture 1

The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Caribbean- Thirty (30) months and counting. Is it over?

September 15, 2022 08:45 am

Keynote Address

Using Digital Health to Improve Health Equity

September 15, 2022 09:45 am

Poster Forum 1

September 15, 2022 10:30 am

Session 2: Emerging Research Themes

September 15, 2022 10:30 am

(O-01) COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the Jamaican Populace: Prevalence and Associated Factors

P Thomas-Brown, D Wynter-Adams

September 15, 2022 10:45 am

(O-02) Perspectives of primary care providers and policy makers on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system in Dominica

K Celestine, H Harewood

September 15, 2022 11:00 am

(O-03) Psychological effect of COVID-19 on health care workers in primary care during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Trinidad for the period March 2020 to March 2021


September 15, 2022 11:15 am

(O-04) The association of birth weight and body composition during Infancy in 1-year-old Jamaican children

P Hall, M Gossell-Williams, G Gordon –Strachan, M Thame

September 15, 2022 11:30 am

(O-05) Uncovering the driving forces behind the trend in coronary heart disease mortality in Barbados from 2009-2018

F Carter, W Jones, N Sobers

September 15, 2022 11:45 am

(O-06) Assessment of pre-hospital measures on outcomes in snake envenomation

C Hatcher, N Nguyen, S Bidaisee
September 15, 2022 12:00 pm

(O-07) A biological active enquiry of Tradescantia zebrina (Wandering Jew/ RedWatergrass) on blood glucose levels in normal Sprague-Dawley rats

S Newman, L Lindo, I Amarakoon
September 15, 2022 12:15 pm

(O-45) An Investigative Study on the Perception and Acceptability of a COVID-19 Vaccine of the Public in Trinidad andTobago

A. Ali

September 15, 2022 01:30 pm


Empowering local health care professionals to improve cure rates in children with cancer and blood disorders in the Caribbean: Lessons from the SickKids - Caribbean Initiative

September 15, 2022 02:15 pm

Session 3: COVID-19 Pandemic/Digital Health: Impact on Children

September 15, 2022 02:30 pm

(O-09) COVID -19 in Barbados – lessons from a pediatric perspective

PM Lashley, NP Sobers, GHE Gay
September 15, 2022 02:45 pm

(O-10) Caribbean Children and the COVID 19 pandemic: A call for data-driven planning

September 15, 2022 03:00 pm

(O-11) Nutritional status and COVID-19 in children: a Caribbean inpatient survey

September 15, 2022 03:15 pm

(O-12) The use of Telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic - Practices and attitudes of Jamaican physicians who care for children and adolescents

V Julien-Pierre, M Gooden, A Garbutt, R Melbourne-Chambers, A Harrison
September 15, 2022 04:00 pm

Session 4: COVID-19 Pandemic: Public Health Impact

September 15, 2022 04:00 pm

(O-13) Registered Nurses' perceptions of their comfort and safety levels in the work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic at five (5) selected health institutions in Guyana

N Goodman, L Ramroop, S Russell
September 15, 2022 04:15 pm

(O-14) Resilient Coping is More Important that Previous Experience with Virtual Learning: Predicting Stress Experienced by Pharmacy Students in Trinidad and Tobago During the COVID-19 Pandemic

MH Campbell, S Maharaj, K Khan, B Sa, OP Adams, MAA Majumder
September 15, 2022 04:30 pm

(O-15) COVID-19 mortality in Suriname; a comparison of socio-demographic factors and hospitalization duration between epidemic waves

AR Gokoel, M Jairam, A Mendeszoon, L Liauw Kie Fa, F Poese, A Jarbandhan, V Jairam, F Abdoel Wahid
September 15, 2022 05:00 pm

End of Session

September 15, 2022 06:00 pm

Opening Ceremony

September 17, 2022 11:00 am

Session 9a: Communicable Diseases

September 17, 2022 12:00 pm

(O-44) Sociodemographic Characteristics, Prevalence and Clinical Outcomes of H. pylori Infection Among Patients Undergoing Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at the University Hospital of the West Indies

September 17, 2022 12:15 pm

Presentation of Prizes & Closing Remark

September 17, 2022 08:15 am

Feature Lecture 5

From smoke signals to the internet in managing pandemics: What’s next?

September 17, 2022 09:00 am

(O-34) Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM: project overview

September 17, 2022 09:00 am

Session 8a: Nutrition

September 17, 2022 09:00 am

Session 8b: COVID-19 & DIGITAL HEALTH: Impact on Infectious Disease Management

Impact of COVID-19 on tuberculosis and HIV services

September 17, 2022 09:15 am

(O-35) Food security and food safety: Implications for sustainable food systems in CARICOM

September 17, 2022 09:30 am

(O-36) Sodium and Potassium Consumption in Jamaica: National Estimates from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2016-2017

September 17, 2022 09:45 am

(O-37) Socio-demographic and Dietary Influences of Eating Habit Perception in Jamaica

September 17, 2022 10:00 am

(O-38) Differences in Biomarkers of Iron stores and growth by Breastfeeding Status in infancy

September 17, 2022 11:00 am

Session 9b: Special Workshop/Networking Session

September 17, 2022 11:00 am

(O-40) A retrospective analysis of empiric prescribing patterns for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections at The University of the West Indies Health Centre

September 17, 2022 11:15 am

(O-41) Adherence to antiretroviral therapy among adolescents living with HIV

September 17, 2022 11:30 am

(O-42) The process of modelling the number of dengue outbreaks in Jamaica for the period 2000-2014

September 17, 2022 11:45 am

(O-43) Pharmacists knowledge, perception and practice regarding medication disposal in Trinidad

Ms. Loyce Pace, MPH
Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs (OGA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

In her current role, Ms. Pace is responsible for advancing the U.S. international health agenda through multilateral and bilateral forums. Reporting directly to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), she is the Office of Global Affairs’ lead on setting priorities and policies that promote American public health agencies and interests worldwide.

Ms. Pace oversees HHS’ engagement with foreign governments and international institutions as well policymaking bodies such as the G7, G20, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and World Health Assembly. Previously, she served as President & Executive Director of Global Health Council (GHC) and was also a member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. At GHC, she advocated for increased federal investments in global health, in the face of budget cuts to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, United States Agency for International Development, and World Health Organization (WHO).

Prior to her role at GHC, Ms. Pace spent over a decade working with community-based organizations and grassroots leaders in countries across Africa and Asia on campaigns calling for person-centered access to health. Additionally, she has held positions on various global and regional advisory committees and boards that focus on equity and inclusion. Ms. Pace holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in human biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in international health & human rights with the distinction of Delta Omega from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr Joy St John:
Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency

Dr St John rose in the ranks of Public Health in Barbados from 1994 to become the first Barbadian Chief Medical Officer of Barbados in 2005. She represented Barbados on the Executive Board of WHO, becoming the first Caribbean chairperson of the Executive Board in 2012-2013.

In 2017 she became Assistant Director General at the WHO HQ in Switzerland. She held the Portfolio of Climate and Other Determinants of Health and completed the first phase of the Climate Change and Health SIDS Initiative.

In July 2019 she became Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. CARPHA led the CARICOM regional public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership has seen her engage about COVID-19 with several sectors in and outside of CARICOM.

Victor S Blanchette, SCM, FRCP(C), FRCP

Topic: “Empowering local health care professionals to improve cure rates in children with cancer and blood disorders in the Caribbean: Lessons from the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI)”.

Dr Victor Blanchette is Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Staff Pediatric Hematologist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and a Senior Associate Scientist (Emeritus) in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He is the McCaig Magee Family Honorary Medical Director of the SickKids-Caribbean Cancer and Blood Disorders Initiative in the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children.

After completing his medical training at the University of Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital in the United Kingdom, Dr Blanchette pursued subspecialty training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA followed by fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Canada.

Dr Blanchette's research interests are in the area of the congenital and acquired bleeding disorders of children. He is Co-Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Chair of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG). Dr. Blanchette is recipient of the Canadian Pediatric Society 2009 Alan Ross Award, the Canadian Blood Services 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2012 Distinguished Career Award, the 2018 University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice-Chancellor’s Award, the 2019 Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS) Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 Canadian Hematology Society (CHS) Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018 Dr. Blanchette was awarded the Order of Barbados (Silver Crown of Merit), the country of his birth, for his contributions to the field of medicine. Dr Blanchette is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom.

Professor Seeromanie Harding

Seeromanie Harding is Professor of Social Epidemiology at King’s College London. Her research focuses on inequalities in health over the life course, and participatory approaches to systems perspectives to engage with the complex socio-cultural-political contexts that drive health inequities. UK-based studies include those in London that are exploring how hairdressing salons and primary care can jointly promote early detection of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer among women living in deprived and ethnically dense neighbourhoods, the Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Diabetes (HEAL-D) study in African and Caribbean communities, and the eLIXIR programme that links information from routine health records and blood samples from mothers and their children to explores the early origins of physical and mental health disorders. International studies include the CONTACT (Congregations Taking Action Against Non-Communicable Diseases) study in the Caribbean, the Health Kiosks in community Markets (HEKIMA) study in Kenya and the Xunati Uti study in Brazil. These studies explore the embedding of community systems (e.g., places of worship, community markets, schools) into the primary care pathway for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Before joining King’s College, she led the Medical Research Council Ethnicity and Health Research Programme at the University of Glasgow. Whilst there she established the Determinants of Adolescent, now young Adults, Social well-being and Health (DASH) study, a London based longitudinal study of ~6000 ethnically diverse young people. Equity, interdisciplinarity and collaborative partnerships with communities, policy actors and practitioners are key anchors in these studies. She is Head of the Department of Population Health Sciences at King’s College London, based within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, School of Life Course & Population Sciences. Population health research is led by over 160 experts, with patients and the public, to better understand how we can improve population health. Strong interdisciplinary research groups of social scientists, clinicians, health informaticists, statisticians and health economists, capacity building of early career researchers, and global health are key strengths of the Department

Dr. C James Hospedales

Dr Hospedales is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago with over 30 years’ experience in public heath, facing many epidemics and pandemics. A lover of nature, a person of faith, a father and grandfather, Dr Hospedales founded EarthMedic and EarthNurse to mobilise health professionals to address the climate crisis.

He chairs the Defeat-NCD Partnership executive committee, addressing NCDs in low-resource countries; and is the Climate and Health Advisor to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.

He was inaugural Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and Coordinator Chronic disease prevention and control in PAHO/WHO.

He played a key role in the 2007 CARICOM Heads of Government Summit on NCDs, leading to the UN High Level meetings on NCDs in 2012, ’14 and ’18.

Honours graduate of UWI in medicine; MPH from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Fellow, UK Faculty of Public Health, Dr Hospedales has published more than 100 papers and writes for the G7/G20 on climate and health.

Joann O’Brien Vice President, Digital Ecosystems, TM Forum

Joann currently leads the Beyond Connectivity Initiative at TM Forum, helping our members to derisk their diversification strategy and grow their business beyond connectivity into new industry verticals such as enablement of connected healthcare and digital transformation of manufacturing.

She is a transformative technology leader who has led the development of two of the most successful areas of TM Forum, Open APIs and Business Architecture. The Open APIs from concept to global adoption in the Telecommunications industry and the Business Architecture methodology as the pivotal framework to enable capability driven CSP diversification for growth into and beyond new market opportunities.

Joann is a proven technology leader, with over 25 years industry experience, initially in consumer electronics and subsequently in Telecommunications working at both network and OSS/BSS architectural layers. Joann is TM Forum’s representative on Global Industry Organisations (GIO), leading the eHealth (Pandemic) focused initiative and represents TM Forum on NGIoT, Next Generation IoT and advisory board to the European Union. Joann also leads TM Forum’s representation in the 5GEM, Enabled Manufacturing project, a consortium lead by Ford Motor Car and Vodafone. Joann graduated with first class honors, BSc in Information Technology majoring in Telecommunications from Dublin City University and MBA from Open University.