Nov. 1 deadline to apply for CHRC conference

The Caribbean Health Research Conference is the premier public health and medical conference in the Caribbean region.

The 2013 conference will be a special focus on Child Health. However papers will be accepted on research in all health areas. Papers are selected based on scientific merit and relevance to the priority health areas of the Caribbean. The CHRC conference will be held May 2nd-4th 2013 in Barbados.

Information on the call for papers can be found by going to here:

Cool infographic: Everett Roger’s Diffusion of Innovations

One of the advice I got before entering my Ph.D. program was to make sure I focus on theory. Those of us in communication love theory. While I’m still trying to figure out which theories will form part of my long-term research agenda, I’m very much drawn to Everett Roger’s work on diffusion of innovations/information. This is a very important theory in communication in general but particularly so in understanding health communication exposure and effects. So, I was quite excited to see the folks over at thornely & hill create an inforgraphic about diffusions of innovations.

So, what is diffusion of innovations about? See more after the jump.



Call for Papers for CHRC 2013 Conference

The Caribbean Health Research Council’s 58th Annual Scientific Meeting invited interested persons to submit abstracts for this premier public health/medical conference. Manuscripts and abstracts should be submitted by email to or The deadline is November 1, 2012.

There will be a special focus on Child Health, however papers will be accepted on research in all health areas. Papers are selected based on scientific merit and relevance to the priority health areas of the Caribbean. The CHRC conference will be held May 2nd-4th 2013 in Barbados.

More information about the conference and submission guidelines are available in the attached document: Call for papers – Barbados 2013

Will anyone be submitting papers on health communication interventions with children and adolescents? How about parent-child communication in various contexts?

UTech (Jamaica) public health conference, June 7-10

The University of Technology (UTech) School of Public Health and Health Technology (SPHHT) will host it’s Second International Public Health Conference from June 7-10 under the theme ‘Public Health Challenges – Its impact on Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World – Are we prepared?’

This conference mounted by the SPHHT will examine current challenges being faced within Jamaica’s public health system that is charged with protecting and promoting the health and well-being of the public. Participants will be drawn from the public-health sector in Jamaica, the medical and academic fraternities, the public sector, private corporations and the general public. Invitations have also been issued to key persons in the public-health system in the Caribbean to attend and contribute to the discourse. It is anticipated that there will be some 200 participants from Jamaica and the Caribbean at the event.

The conference will open on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. with a public lecture presented by Professor Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies who will speak on the topic: ‘Public Health Challenges and Primary Health Care’. The conference will be officially opened by Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson on Friday, June 8, at 9 a.m and will be held at the Wyndham hotel in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner


Preventing Chronic Diseases seeks papers for submission

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) invites you to submit articles for upcoming publication. There’s been a major push towards preventing chronic diseases across the region. This presents an excellent opportunity for researchers, practitioners  and others public heath professionals working in the Caribbean or with Caribbean populations outside the region.

Papers should promote the open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve public health through chronic disease prevention.

PCD is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Articles focus on the latest developments in prevention, screening, surveillance, and population-based interventions that prevent and control chronic diseases and conditions, promote health, and examine the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their impact on quality of life, illness, and death across the life span.

Types of article include: original research, community case studies, systematic reviews, essays and others.

To learn more about submitting manuscripts for PCD, visit How to Submit a Manuscript.