Research Awards Granted to Two ECHORN Trainees

We are proud to announce that ECHORN trainees Gerneiva Parkinson and Rebecca Lakew were both awarded research fellowships. Gerneiva, a medical student at Yale School of Medicine, recently received the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship, which supports one-year fellowships to study topics that significantly impact morbidity and mortality in an international setting. For the fellowship, Gerneiva will be conducting a research project in Trinidad and Tobago focused on mapping the BRCA1 gene. Her mentors for the project are Marcella Nunez-Smith, Principle Investigator at ECHORN, and Dylan Narinesingh, Medical Director at the Trinidad and Tobago National Radiation Center.

Rebecca, a graduate student at the Yale School of Public health, was awarded the Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship, which supports health-related research in low- and middle-income countries. Rebecca will use the award to conduct a summer research project in Trinidad and Tobago on the impact of alcohol use on households and families. Throughout the course of her fellowship, Rebecca will be working with ECHORN principle investigators Marcella Nunez-Smith and Rohan Maharaj.

We look forward to sharing future updates on the progress of both of these exciting projects.

ECHORN: USVI finds new home for St. Croix participants

St. Croix participants in the ECHORN study will now be seen at a new community assessment center located on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands. The center is open two days a week and is conveniently located mid-island in a pleasantly appointed, air-conditioned space. Visit our “participants” page to get more information about the ECHORN study and Community Assessment Centers in each of our sites

ECHORN Researcher Publishes Article on NCD Initiative in Uganda

Jeremy Schwartz, a researcher at ECHORN, is an author on a recently published article titled “Towards reframing health service delivery in Uganda: the Uganda Initiative for Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.” The article, published in the journal, Global Health Action, discusses the formation and goals of the Uganda Initiative for Integrated Management of NCDs (UINCD). UINCD, formed in 2013, is focused on examining integrative health delivery in Uganda as it pertains to the management and prevention of chronic disease. Follow this link to read more about UINCD.

ECHORN:Trinidad Gains Funds for Diabetes Research

ECHORN:Trinidad partners with the Diabetes Education Research and Prevention Institute (DERPi) to provide clinical assessments to participants in the ECHORN study. DERPi has emerged as a new funding agency in the Caribbean for research in Diabetes. This is the second grant funded by DERPi and it will assist in the diabetes profile of ECHORN participants.

ECHORN PI Will Present Nov. 11th Webinar

Dr Rohan Maharaj, Site Principle Investigator, ECHORN:Trinidad, will be presenting a webinar on alcohol policy in the Caribbean. The webinar, hosted by CARIBAPAN (Caribbean Alcohol Policy and Action Network), will be related to Dr. Maharaj’s role as the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s technical adviser on Alcohol Policy. The presentation is titled “Gaps in Current Regional Alcohol Policy and the Desire for Change”. The webinar is set to take place on November 11 from 10-11am EST (GMT – 5). For more information and to register click here.

ECHORN to Participate in Upcoming Health Disparities Conference

ECHORN will present a panel discussion during the 2014 Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference on December 2, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Site Principal Investigators, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Dr. Maxine Nunez, Dr. Rohan Maharaj, Dr. Cruz Nazario, and Dr. Peter Adams, will discuss:

1. The importance and relevance of conducting longitudinal health disparities research locally and using population-relevant data to inform non-communicable disease (NCD) policy and strategic planning

2. Opportunities to collaborate on research to reduce and eliminate NCD health disparities among people of Caribbean descent.

ECHORN invites you to participate in this panel discussion by submitting questions about the study and/or regional efforts to reduce NCD health disparities in the Caribbean to ecc@yale.edu.

New NCD Research Coalition Aims to “Do More”

Researchers at Yale, along with other U.S. Universities, have joined a coalition to address global non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. The coalition, known as “the U.S. Investigators’ Network Symposium on Global Non-communicable Diseases Research,” met for the first time last week in Atlanta, George. An article from YaleNews by Karen N. Peart mentioned this comment from Kasia Lipska – an organizer of the recent conference and a Yale researcher and assistant professor – “NCDs are exploding around the globe, yet U.S. involvement in global NCD research is just starting — we need to do more,”   Follow this link to read the full article.

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Study Finds Community Health Workers Impact Chronic Disease Management

A study on the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) lead by Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, a professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, was recently published in the journal Diabetes Care. The research, which took place in Hartford, CT, looked at the community health intervention, DIALBEST (Diabetes Among Latinos Best Practices Trial) to evaluate the impact of culturally appropriate peer-counseling conducted by CHWs. Click here to find out what Pérez-Escamilla had to say about the study.

Dr. Sandeep Kishore speaks to the United Nations on NCDs

Sandeep Kishore, a physician at the Yale School of Medicine and the former Chair of the Advisory council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YPCDN), spoke on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the recent United Nations general assembly. In regards to the prevention and control of NCDs, Kishore asked, “respected leaders, can we and should we not do better?”  Click here to read more of what Kishore had to say.