Community Invited to Free Public Health Panel Discussion on Friday Evening

September 9, 2022 1:30 am

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) ? In connection with Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD), the Collective Prevention Service (CPS) is inviting the public to attend on Friday evening a free Public Health Panel Discussion where panelists will address Non-Communicable Diseases prevalent in Sint Maarten and within the region such as Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes and Mental Health to name a few.

The panelists are Dr. Emiko Bird Heart Surgeon, Heart, and Stroke Foundation; Dr. Natalie Humphrey, Assistant Dean of Community Engagement at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC); Dr. Tasheena Maccow, Interim Director of Turning Point; Reginald Willemsburg, SZV Chief Operations Officer; and Aida Holaman, Specialist in Community and Social Development.

The Public Health Panel Discussion will take place on Friday, September 9 at the Motorworld Group Cole Bay location from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No formal dress code is required.

Panelists will also delve into community organization and projects that focus on improving the health and well-being of residents by bridging the gap between communities and health.

A number of vendors will also be present, namely Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs; Berit Bus Clinical Dietitan at Green Meds; Ramonda Hanze ? Behavior Specialist, Stress Anger Management and Life Coach at Mindful Elevation Caribbean; and the Men?s Mental Health Foundation.

The panel discussion is part of the observance of Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD). The overall theme is ?Our Planet, Our Health," and the sub-theme for CWD 2022 is ?Our Neighborhood, Our Health.?

The objective for CWD 2022 is: promote health and well-being in neighborhoods, through public policies that improve the environment and the conditions in which people live.

The CARICOM Heads of Summit on Chronic Diseases in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 2007, established Caribbean Wellness Day.

Caribbean Wellness Day is observed every year on the second Saturday of September.