One of the many challenges with having a blog about health communication in the Caribbean region is that I am not exposed to as much information about the region as I would like. I live in Durham, NC and am completing my Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Suffice to say, I am very much not in the Caribbean.
I have Google Alerts. I try to browse as many online newspapers as I can. When I see something, I want to find out more. But that can be difficult. Very few times have I seen links within articles that could lead me to the organization or issue that is being written about. And online searches rarely turn up anything, especially for smaller islands.
I listen to radio from my native Dominica as well as what I can from the U.S. Virgin Islands so I occasionally catch public service announcements (PSA) about a health or environmental issue. If the PSA is produced by Population Services International (PSI) or similar large organization with deep roots in the region then I might be able to find information for it online. More often than not, the audio or video is not online so there may be nothing to link to.
Lack of access to what’s going on makes it hard to keep up with the many excellent programs that the region has to offer. And, I’m sure many of those programs are community-based and never even make it to the mediascape.
One of the things I would like to do is develop a list of people who are working in health promotion, marketing, public relations, health communication, the nursing/medical field etc. in the region. This work could be in any capacity.
So, if you or someone you know is doing work that could be of interest to the Caribbean health blog community, do let us know.
Also, if you have a health program that you would like us to write about, send us an email as well.
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