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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

UN admits it needs to do more after causing Haiti cholera epidemic

Haiti: NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2016 (IPS) - Update: On Thursday, Aug. 18 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the immunity of the UN from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al (the Haiti Cholera case) in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Socacize brings a Caribbean style to exercising

Music: Forget the gym and get fit for carnival to soca music. A dance workout that combines soca music and exercise, better known as socacize, gets participants physically active to a sound they know best. That is the concept for the high-and-low aerobic workout instructed to Caribbean music. With the Labor Day parade approaching, dance instructors want you to get ready for carnival and encourage more health-conscious attitudes in the Caribbean community. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016


Barbados: In a development that is certain to force would be mothers to rethink family plans, authorities in Barbados this week reported the first two cases of deformed babies suspected of being linked to the outbreak of the Zika virus which has been sweeping through the hemisphere in the past year. Comment

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

Parker wants safe staffing bill into law by 2017

Brooklyn: Nurses who work in hospitals could soon find their jobs easier if this new bill aimed to decrease patient ratio passes. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

Zika travel warning for pregnant women

Health: The message was loud and clear by Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Mary Bassett, “If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant delay travel to Zika-affected countries.” And that goes for women’s sex partners, too; the Zika virus can be spread by unprotected sex. Comment

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel. Comment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Caribbean-born doc at Maimonides leads the way

People: Director of the Brooklyn Heights Women’s Center at Maimonides, Dr. Millicent Comrie has been named among the “Top 10 Caribbean-Born Female Doctors in the U.S.” by News Americas. Comment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Brooklyn group conducts medical mission

St Vincent: The medical team of the Brooklyn-based APC (Action, Performance and Commitment) Community Services group recently joined dental team members from Loma Linda University Dental School in California in conducting what the group described as challenging, though successful, medical and dental missions to St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Sunday, July 24, 2016

HIV infections among adults rise in the Caribbean: UN

Health: The United Nations says HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean has risen, saying that the decline globally among adults has stalled for at least five years. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Brownsville’s health fair of the Summer

Brooklyn: The BMS Summerfest will be held at BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, 592 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, July 16 from 10 am until 4 pm. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security

Health: Caribbean ambassadors in Washington have been briefed on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) during a meeting hosted at the Embassy of the Bahamas on June 27, 2016. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Jamaica takes action against yellow fever virus

Jamaica: Jamaica is taking steps to prevent the importation of the yellow fever virus into the country where the disease does not occur but where the mosquito vector and human hosts are present. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

New trauma center for East Flatbush

Brooklyn: Members of the East Flatbush community celebrated the grand opening of the Haitian Community Council’s (HCC) new trauma location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Church Avenue on June 24. Comment

Kings County recognised for its stroke care

Brooklyn: When Purchia Spencer noticed the left side of her body becoming paralyzed she knew something was seriously wrong. As a licensed practical nurse, Purchia was familiar with the signs of stroke and knew she had a limited window of time to get care. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County where she was treated by a dedicated stroke team led by Dr. Susan W. Law, director of the hospital’s Stroke Center. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Omega Chi Nursing Sorority celebrates Nurses’ Week

Brooklyn: Omega Chi Nursing Sorority celebrated Nurses’ Week with the theme “Culture of Safety: It starts with You.” Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016

Margarett Alexandre

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born in Gonnaives, Haiti, Margarett Alexandre arrived in the United States at the age of 10, after a five-year detour to Jamaica. Comment

Yasmine Beausejour

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Yasmine Beausejour migrated from Haiti to Brooklyn at the age of 15. When she was a student at Wingate High School, she discovered the healthcare field as a volunteer at Downstate Hospital. Comment

Adella Bodden, LPN

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Emigrating from the Cayman Islands as a young girl, Adella Bodden continued her education in Brooklyn. Comment

Celia Bramble

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: “During my formative years in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Colonel Celia Bramble recalls her inspiration to become a nurse, “I watched my aunt, a community midwife with limited formal training in the field of midwifery, deliver hundreds of babies. Comments (1)

Joan Bruce

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Joan Bruce was born in a rural community in Springfield, St. Mary, Jamaica, the second of 10 siblings. There, she started her 10-year career as a teacher. Comment

Natasha Burke

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Natasha Burke was born in Grenada and immigrated to the United States at age 11. When she was 17, she started volunteering at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center where her mother worked in radiology. Comment

Manuela Butler

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Native of Puerto Rico, Manuela Butler started a new career as a home care worker in 1991, putting behind her nearly 20 years as a seamstress, but not her years as the shop steward in Local 155 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Comment

Elverine Cadogan-Smartt

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: In Guyana, after her mother died, Elverine Cadogan-Smartt’s maternal aunt raised her in their small village. Comment

Dr. Cary Daniel

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Dr. Cary Daniel was born and educated through high school in Haiti where the seeds of being a healthcare provider started. “I witnessed my neighbor suffering so much while giving birth and was helpless while my father transported her from the village to the city hospital.” It was then he knew “that being in the healthcare field would be a direct way to make a difference.” Comment

Sybilla Daniel-Douglas

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Sybilla Daniel-Douglas was born in London of Caribbean parents; her mother is from St. Lucia and her father is from Antigua. Comment

Frank A. Denbow, MD, MRCP

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Already a practicing physician, Dr. Frank Denbow migrated from Guyana several years ago. He is an internist. Comment

Dr. Ricardo Orlando Dunner

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Dr. Ricardo Orlando Dunner was born in Barbados and immigrated to the United States as a young boy. Newly arrived, he remembers, “At PS. 229, my third grade homeroom teacher told me, ‘You can do it!’” Comment

Angela Edwards

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: It was in Trinidad where Angela Edwards made her career choice after spending her early childhood with Aunt Dol, a nurse who lost her sight. “I read and wrote letters for her and she shared her nursing stories and experiences with me. From then, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse to care for people.” Comment

D. Beverly Foster

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: D. Beverly Foster hails from Manchester, Jamaica where she attended college and taught at the vocational level before migrating to the United States. Comment

Dr. Fritz Francois

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born in Haiti of Haitian and Dominican parents, Dr. Fritz Francois is an associate professor of medicine, chief medical officer and patient safety officer at NYU Langone Medical Center. Comment

Sandy D. Freeland

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Sandy Freeland chose health care as an avenue to help make a difference in people’s lives. Comment

Lisel S. Hall-Grant

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A family illness set the course for a young woman’s future. That was the case for Liesl S. Hall-Grant who remembers helping her younger brother in Guyana when he became sick. Comment

Hyacinth Hamilton-Gayle

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Hyacinth Hamilton-Gayle was born in Jamaica and reveals, “My field in nursing chose me.” Already trained as a teacher, she joined her parents in New York and Brooklyn Jewish School of Nursing responded to her application. “With encouragement from my mother, I started school. After my first year, I knew that I had found my passion.” Comment

Patricia James

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Patricia James left Guyana where she worked as an licensed practical nurse / midwife. Soon after her arrival to the United States, she found employment at New York City Health and Hospital. Comment

Cynthia James-White

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A daughter of Jamaica, Cynthia James-White’s passion for nursing started at a very young age, particularly when she realized she liked helping people. Her aunt had arthritis and as a young girl, she helped a lot. She immigrated to this country 41 years ago. Comment

Tanesha Lawrence

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Dr. Tanesha Lawrence left Jamaica at age four with her family settling in Florida, United States. Comment

Lorena McEachrane

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Lorena F McEachrane, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, immigrated as a child and it is since then that she wanted to be part of the healthcare profession. Comment

Phyllis Payne-Dublin

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Hailing from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Phyllis Payne-Dublin has had a committed nursing career, spanning more than 40 years. In recognition, she received the 2012 Nurse of the Year award from the Caribbean American Nurses Association. Comment

Fay Randall

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: A daughter of Jamaica, Fay Randall’s career interest peaked when nurses visited at St. Thomas Technical High School. She began her studies at the University Hospital of the West Indies School of Nursing. Comment

Meve Shakespeare

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Meve Shakespeare got her start as a nurse at the Grenada School of Nursing / Midwifery, immigrating to the United States as a young adult. Ms. Shakespeare has been a nurse for 31 years. Comment

Verginia Stewart, RN

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Verginia Stewart, as a young adult in Jamaica, was already a registered nurse when she immigrated to the United States. Comment

Kirstie Toussaint

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Kirstie Toussaint was born in St. Thomas and raised in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her empathetic nature drew her to healthcare; Ms. Toussaint works as a registered nurse. Comment

Dr. Maurice E. Wright

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Son of Jamaica, Dr. Maurice E. Wright truly has a foot on both sides. Although born in the United States, he grew up and attended high school on the island. He has been in the medical field for 33 years including medical school and is a graduate of Fordham University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Comments (1)