ECHORN welcomes Dr. David Williams to the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). Dr. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. Internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health, Dr. William’s research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism and religious involvement can affect health. He has played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities and identifying interventions to address them.
Dr. Williams is a native of St. Lucia and has worked with Dr. Nunez-Smith, ECHORN Principal Investigator, on other related projects before joining the FAB. ECHORN looks forward to the contributions and expertise he will bring to the network.
Data from the emerging ECHORN Cohort Study (ECS) was presented by ECHORN: Barbados Principal Investigator, Dr. Peter Adams, at a public lecture on February 4, 2016. Preliminary data from the ECS showed large numbers of adults across the four islands falling under the body mass index classification for overweight and obese. Findings were featured in the Barbados “Saturday Sun” and “Daily Nation” newspapers on February 6 and 8 respectively and on Barbados television stations.
Masters in Public Health and Masters in Science students from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico are gaining hands-on experience in community research by collaborating with ECHORN: Puerto Rico. Students help to recruit and enroll participants from various communities into the ECHORN Cohort Study. This collaboration is possible through the Research and Teaching Assistantship Program for Graduate Students. Students are fully trained and are approved to participate in the study by the University of Puerto Rico Institutional Review Board.
ECHORN: US Virgin Islands was recently featured in the St. Thomas Source column, Undercurrents. Undercurrents explores issues, ideas and events developing beneath the surface in the Virgin islands community. The article highlights efforts of the research team and emerging data from the ECHORN Cohort Study. Follow this link to read the article.