USM seminar on health and sustainability today | THE DAILY HERALD

Dr. Rolinda Carter

 PHILIPSBURG–Persons can learn all about health and sustainability at the second public seminar being hosted by University of St. Martin (USM) today Thursday, October 11, at 6:30pm. The seminar will be held at USM.

Three 20-minute presentations will be made, followed by a question-and-answer segment where attendees will get a chance to participate in an open dialogue. Speakers for the evening will include detox specialist and liver cancer survivor Rose Rumnit; Section Head of General Health Care at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Maria Henry and Assistant Dean for Service-Learning and Community Affairs at American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine Dr. Golden Jackson.

During her presentation, Rumnit will use her life experiences and the knowledge that she gained through many years of research to outline different therapies she applied with the help of traditional healing professionals. Henry will discuss current and future projects that CPS is undertaking to prevent and eliminate diseases in St. Maarten and Dr. Jackson will speak about AUC initiatives in support of health sustainability. The host and moderator of the night will be Public Communication Associate at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and founder of The KeLaHa Projects Keoma La Hamer.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Joy Arnell will give an introduction on the topic and its relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3: good health and wellbeing).

In addition to what USM hopes will be “an engaging discussion,” attendees will be given the opportunity to receive information on pertinent health conditions and practices in St. Maarten. “Awareness plays an important role in promoting a healthy country. Thus, we found it necessary to invite health-related Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate in the upcoming seminar,” Blood Research Scientist and Dean of Academics at University of St. Martin (USM) Dr. Rolinda Carter said.

Organisations invited to the seminar include Positive Foundation (breast cancer awareness), St. Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation (sickle cell awareness), Kelaha Projects (cervical cancer awareness) and Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten (diabetes awareness).

“The USM Seminar Series was born out of efforts to shape future academic programmes, as well as to service the community, government and public policy,” said Carter, who was mandated to develop the natural sciences at USM. “This is a great opportunity for government, academia and civil society to think about the future of health sustainability for the country and our region.”

The seminar will be streamed live on Cani TV Facebook page.

Source: The Daily Herald