CARPHA Call for Papers for 2014 conference

images-1The Caribbean Public Health Agency has an early call out for its 2014 conference. The theme for 2014 is Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Through the Life Cycle. There has been an increased focus on the lifespan approach (i.e. from childhood through elderly) to disease prevention and this conference aims to understand how these concepts are incorporated into the Caribbean context. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone conducting longitudinal health communication research to present their findings. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2013. The conference is scheduled for from May 1-3, 2014, in Aruba.

For more information on the conference, go to:

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:


This is one of those things that has to be filed under “you gotta be kidding me, right?” I was searching for some information today and needed to access the resources of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. Now, being new entity, and one that strives for credibility, I am expecting to be able to access their website 24/7. Well, I can forgive cases where they are doing upgrades. But, what exactly would account for telling me that the website expired yesterday (12/08/2011) and “is pending renewal or deletion”. Is the agency switching to a new address? If not, didn’t someone receive numerous messages concerning the expiration date of their registration? I’m just saying! I obtained a web address through That registration expires in three months from now, and I’ve already obtained an email telling me to renew. Please get it together people. I need my information.



The newly formed Caribbean Public Health Agency held it’s second partner’s meeting today at PAHO/WHO’s headquarters in Washington DC. According to a previous CARPHA press release, the meeting was

“to gain backing from the global community for this single, people-focused public health agency for the region.”

A Google News search found only one article with the search term “CARPHA”–about St. Kitts and Nevis officially signing documents to establish the agency, joining Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia. So I’m hoping there will be more about this meeting in the coming days.

The meeting was attended by PAHO/WHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses, and PAHO/WHO Deputy Director, Dr. Jon Andrus, Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM Lead Head of Government for Health and Human Resources, Ambassador Lolita AppleWhauite, Secretary General (acting) of Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and other regional authorities.