September 23, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Health promotion specialists, health communication officers and public health advisors from across the Region held its Annual General Meeting of the Regional health Communications Network, RHCN in Jamaica, September 13 and 14.
This meeting enhanced their health communication, education and advocacy capacity. The conference was co-ordinated by the Caribbean Regional Health Agency, CARPHA and supported by the European Union and the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica.
CARPHA’s Executive Director Dr Joy St John in a message delivered by the Agency’s Corporate Services Director Dr Mark Sami applauded regional health communicators for supporting the regional response to COVID-19 by “delivering communications in a cutting-edge manner”.
She said the “role of communicators in public health was underestimated for a long time, but COVID-19 illustrated their value”.
Describing RHCN as the “technical communications foundation on which CARPHA reaches the people of CARICOM”, Dr St John said it is difficult to imagine how the Region would have coped with the pandemic without RHCN. She told the regional health communicators that their work goes beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to “supporting each other and sharing tools and best practices and to be proactive in preventing illness”.