National Health Research Conference celebrates 10th Anniversary

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, (2nd right), Principal Medical Officer & National Epidemiologist, Dr. Karen Webster Kerr (right), Dr. Andriene Grant, (2nd left) Director, Epidemiological Research and Data Analysis at the Ministry of Health & Wellness, and Dr. Lisa Indar, Assistant Director, Surveillance Disease Prevention and Control, CARPHA cut the Anniversary Cake in celebration of the 10th year of the National Health Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The National Health Research Conference this year celebrated 10 years and is the main forum organized by the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica, to highlight research of public sector workers. The Conference provides the opportunity to highlight operational research to provide data which can guide improvements in programme planning and delivery. This intent is linked to the ‘design and conduct of health research to provide evidence to guide policy and practice’ which was identified as a strategy towards the achievement of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan

The presentations at the two-day conference will include: Mental Health, Sickle Cell Disease, Advances in Medicine, Nutrition and Best Practices in Health.

Day 1 will see the opening ceremony, where Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, MP, Minister of Health & Wellness will give the feature address. Dr. Lisa Indar, Assistant Director, Surveillance Disease Prevention and Control, Representing CARPHA and Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Representative in Jamaica will also give remarks.Day 2 will feature the Awards Ceremony to highlight the best research presentations.