The Thirty-First Meeting of Chief Medical Officers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in the margins of the Caribbean Health Public Agency’s (CARPHA) 67th Annual Health Research Conference at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
The CMOs met on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, ahead of CARPHA’s scheduled convention, April 27-29, 2023 under the theme: ‘Caribbean Health and Tourism: Pathway to Recovery and Resilience.’
Dr. Pearl McMillan, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Wellness represented The Bahamas as CMOs, in closed sessions, discussed regional cooperation matters, the status of COVID-19, and other issues related to health security.
Also discussed were: the elimination of communicable and tropical diseases in the Caribbean; health & climate change; the Pandemic Fund and call for proposals; regional symposium on crime and violence as a public health issue in the Caribbean; and other matters.
The CARPHA Annual Health Research Conference is the largest health research conference in the English-speaking Caribbean, and the longest-running health research conference in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
The 67th Annual Health Research Conference is in partnership with the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The conference reverts to an in-person event for 2023.
The goal of the Conference is to facilitate and promote communication and sharing of scientific outputs among health scientists, policymakers, and related professionals in the wider Caribbean Region.
The conference seeks to:
• Disseminate health research findings conducted by and for the Caribbean to the relevant stakeholders: policymakers, practitioners, health, and allied health professionals.
• Facilitate the uptake of current and cutting-edge research evidence to enable the development of evidence-based policies, practices, and programs.
• Foster a culture of research and build capacity among local health and allied professionals.
• Facilitate the development of partnerships and collaboration among researchers, policy makers.
From: Bahamas Information Services