Posted on 01.20.2015

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.

Posted on 12.01.2014

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.

Posted on 11.05.2014

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.

Posted on 10.29.2014

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

Posted on 09.23.2014

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.


(photo from YaleNews)


Posted on 08.22.2014

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.

Posted on 08.13.2014

Posted on 08.13.2014

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.

Posted on 06.02.2014

Posted on 05.30.2014

ECHORN:USVI Raises NCD Awareness at St. Thomas Health Fair

On Saturday, May 24, 2014,  ECHORN:USVI joined others at the health fair held by the  Health Ministry of the St. Thomas Assembly of God in St. Thomas, USVI.  The purpose of the fair was to educate the community on healthy behaviors and increase awareness of the importance of health screenings. Among the services provided at the fair were HIV testing and counseling, glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure checks and even massages. These efforts are part of ECHORN’s larger mission to increase public awareness of the burden of noncommunicable diseases and to identify risk factors for these diseases in the Eastern Caribbean. The group picture below features ECHORN:USVI principal investigator Dr. Maxine Nunez, project manager Ms. Gwen Creque and other groups who manned tables at the event.

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