Annual International Public Health Conference, University of Technology, Jamaica

The University of Technology’s (UTECH), School of Public Health and Health Technology (SPHHT) will host its 3rd International Public Health Conference, from October 3-6 2013 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston. This Conference will be of great significance to our region as we will be looking at common issues and strategies for solutions that will facilitate ongoing collaboration and sharing of expertise between the Territories of the Caribbean.

The Conference, under the Theme: “Challenges to Public Health in a Global Environment: – “Time for Action” will provide the framework for addressing concerns about the increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases in Jamaica the Caribbean.

The Conference Agenda will feature eight thematic scientific sessions which will bring focus to some of the critical issues and challenges faced nationally, regionally and internationally. These sessions include the following themes: Non-Communicable Diseases: Multi-Sectoral Action for Prevention, Environmental Health Challenges, Climate Change and Green/Healthy Cities, Disaster Preparedness and Response Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management, Best Practices for Advancement in Public Health, Food & Public Policy in the Caribbean: The Role of Public Health Nutrition, Public Health Nursing: Outreach and Intervention in Population at Risk.


*Extended* UNICEF JA launches #HashCon2012: An Advocacy Challenge for Jamaican Bloggers




A #HashCon is where influencers in the Jamaican social media world come together and talk about an important issue for a week via their blogs. At the end of that week, the blogger with the most votes on his seleted post wins. However, the main goal is to shine a spotlight on a pertinent issue facing Jamaicans; key information is shared, important discussions take place and hopefully, progress is made in the way we advocate for our most vulnerable.

UNICEF is partnering the with Jamaica Blog Awards to use the first #HashCon to help commemmorate this year’s World AIDS Day (December 1) with our fellow advocates around the globe. The focus of WAD 2012 is women and their role in creating an AIDS-free generation. An AIDS-free generation is finally within reach and women – from mothers and caregivers to healthcare workers and policy-makers – are essential to realizing this goal.

#HashCon2012 runs from November 24-December 7 and the topic we’ll be hashing out is “Positive SHEroes: Strong women working towards an AIDS-free generation”. We hope to get posts about women demonstrating strength and resilience in the face of the epidemic and on eliminating new HIV infections among children. Participants can write personal features, opinion pieces, essays or vlogs and all written pieces must be at least 500 words long. Bloggers and readers have until November 30th to nominate their posts on Voting opens on December 1 and bloggers can and use their social media channels to promote their posts and get as many votes as they can; using the hashtag #HashCon2012. Voting ends at 11:59 pm on December 7. The winner is judged based on online votes and a judging panel consisting of staff from UNICEF and Eve For Life. THe winner receives a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will be awarded at the Jamaica Blog Awards, January 19 2013.

For more info follow @UNICEF_Jamaica on Twitter.

Happy hashing!


Specialists for women to see by decade-via

It’s Women’s Health Week in the United States and there’s a wealth of information around the web about what women can do for better health. The infographic below (From via shows women in their 20’s through 50’s the various types of medical professionals they should visit and what tests need to be done. The posting of this graphic does not constitute medical advice, and everyone should talk with their general practitioner/primary care physician or other primary care medical personal regarding what to do at each stage of their lives. The importance of the information below is to encourage open communication between patients and physicians. For example, if you’re in your 20’s and sexually active, regular HIV and other STD testing should be part of your medical routine. Breast and Cervical cancer are leading causes of death among Caribbean women. Women in their 40’s should talk to their doctors about routine screenings. There is often a stigma associated with many of the tests shown in the graphic below. Speaking about these tests to your doctor and sharing information with family members is one step towards better health.