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Health Care Delegation Addresses Chronic Disease at National Forum

The University of the Virgin Islands partnered with Yale University to bring a five member U.S. Virgin Islands delegation to the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Forum for Change, held from July 5 to 10.

The goal of the forum, hosted by GHLI and the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), was to support multidisciplinary teams in developing local strategies to improve the delivery of high quality care for people with non-communicable diseases. Health care providers and academicians discussed ways to improve the health care delivery system, including improvements in health systems capacity, policy, and planning.  

Dr. Maxine Nunez, UVI professor of nursing and site principal investigator for USVI-ECHORN, who was a part of the five member delegation, invited representatives from the Virgin Islands to attend.  Dr. Ken Okolo, chief operating officer at the Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix; Charles Nickerson, senior vice-president of the Schneider Regional Medical Center, St. Thomas; Taetia Phillips-Dorsett, policy advisor at Government House, and Masserae Sprauve-Webster, chief executive officer of the Frederiksted Health Care, Inc., St. Croix, attended the forum. Delegations from Puerto Rico, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago also attended. More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website - – and from this direct link.