Dr. Simone Spence received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in 2004 with a Masters in Public Health in 2008 and is now currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health, from the same institution. She is currently the Director of Health Promotion & Protection Branch in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica with direct responsibility and oversight for the all health programmes relating to Health Promotion, Disease Prevention/Surveillance, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Waste Management & Veterinary Public Health. She also is a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in the Community Health and Psychiatry department.
She has had 14 years’ experience in Primary Health Care and Public Health in various capacities at the parish, region and National levels. Passionate about Public Health, her career path has led her to service at the national level. Her professional interests focus on different areas of public health including Maternal and Child Health – through the European Union sponsored project, Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child mortality (PROMAC) as the Project Coordinator.
Her personal philosophy is embodied by the following motivational quotes and how they reflect in her life:
1. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
2. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
“These two motivational quotes embody my spirit and enthusiasm for what I’m doing now and hope to achieve in the future. A very wise teacher once said, “Never settle for mediocrity in whatever you do but strive for excellence at all times.” The impression that statement left me with is that in my own way, I can make a difference. So I push forward, even though the road is definitely not easy but is treacherous and steep. Above all else what keeps me grounded is, “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13”
Lecture Theatre 4, CLICO Building, UWI, Cave Hill, St. Michael
~Free Event ~ Must RSVP~
The Annual Oscar Jordan Medical Symposium is held to observe the life and work of the late Oscar Jordan, Endocrinologist and co-founder of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation. Dr. Jordan worked tirelessly to promote the highest quality of health care in diabetes, a major problem in Barbados and throughout the West Indies.
The 2019 event aims to highlight the need for a strong emphasis on actively addressing diabetes prevention as an area of national priority. Only such a proactive approach, which invariably will encompass measures to address obesity, metabolic syndrome and healthier lifestyle choices, will curb the tidal wave of diabetes and other NCDs Barbados is experiencing. Though known that the effort should span all ages and generations, a special emphasis will be placed on childhood obesity prevention and the lessons that can be learned from such efforts in Jamaica. Brief presentations will also be made by the Chronic Disease Research Centre, Breast Feeding and Child Nutrition Foundation and other entities.
The Barbados Drug Service in collaboration with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados presents: “I Didn’t Know That” a free public lecture exploring women and heart health, nutrition and more on Friday, 12 July 2019 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC). Featured speakers include Gina Price Lundberg, Cardiologist from the USA and Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietitian and Obesity Expert from Canada. The public is invited to come early at 5.00pm and participate in the pre-lecture activities which include health checks, sampling, display booth on healthy lifestyles and more. The lecture starts at 7.00pm. This event is a part of Heart of a Woman Symoosia and Exhibition, hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados July 12-14, 2019 at LESC.
Dr. Damian Cohall is currently the Deputy Dean (Preclinical Sciences) and a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He has profound research interests in Ethnopharmacology and Pharmnocognosy. He has published a number of research manuscripts in this area inclusive of a book entitled “Medicinal Plants of Barbados for the Treatment of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases” and a co-authored book chapter entitled “Pharmacodynamics – A Pharmacognosy Perspective” in a textbook entitled Pharmacognosy: Fundamentals and Strategy, Elsevier Publishing. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal.
Dr. Cohall has given numerous presentations on Medical Cannabis locally and around the region. One of his most recent joint research efforts with Dr. Alana Griffith is a published article entitled “Conceptualizing a policy framework for the implementation of medical marijuana in the Caribbean territory of Barbados” in the journal Drug Science, Law and Policy. This research was awarded Best Industry Applied Research at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill’s Research Week 2018. He currently supervises four postgraduate students, two are undertaking medical cannabis research in the areas of Epilepsy and Type 2 Diabetes. Most recently, Dr. Cohall became a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
Dr. Cohall is also the Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences and the PhD Pharmacology programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is a recipient of the Faculty’s Award of Merit for Leadership in Education in 2011 and most recently, he was awarded a Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University and Public Service in 2018. He is also quite keen on contributing to his direct community and region. He represents his discipline and Faculty on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Drug and Therapeutic Monitoring (DTC) Committee. Regionally, he has served as Lead UWI Consultant on the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s CARTFUND project to establish regional standards for the Health and Wellness Sector in CARIFORUM territories.
“Heart of a Woman Stakeholder Symposium on Women’s Health”
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados
Friday, 12 July 2019, 9.00m-4.30pm
About the event:
Every year, more Barbadian women die prematurely from heart disease and stroke (CVD) than all cancers combined. Yet the average Bajan woman and many medical providers still think that breast cancer is a woman’s worst enemy!
In this symposium, we will bring together women with CVD and public and private sector decision-makers, with the aim of empowering all with the knowledge to address drivers of CVD at home, school and work.
Speakers include local and international experts in cardiology, nutrition, fitness, mental health and workplace wellness.
Attendees will have the opportunity to:
Learn the signs, symptoms and impact of cardiovascular disease from medical experts
Exchange ideas with women living and working with Cardiovascular Disease
Champion change in your institution and community
Vision: Move Barbadians to an aspired quality of life. Create a healthy nation. Change a culture.
Aim: Use knowledge of heart disease and stroke in women to mobilise stakeholders to address the drivers of cardiovascular disease in Barbados
Use the global burden of CVD to inform the local impact of heart disease and stroke – especially in women
Educate stakeholders on key interventions to reduce the burden of CVD
Mobilise stakeholders to develop an action plan to reduce CVD burden in Barbados
Statement of learning objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Reference the economic and social impact of cardiovascular diseases in Barbados, as a small island developing state
Identify examples of their individual responsibility for reducing this social impact
Use a basic understanding of common cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors to implement a strategic action plan
Utilize the 7 key interventions to reduce CVD risk
Who should attend?
Women living with cardiovascular disease
Public policy makers and implementing agencies* – *Key Sectors: Health & Wellness, Eldercare, Education, Finance, Labour,
Sport, Manufacturing, Retail Distribution, Information and Tourism.
Private sector companies with large female workforce
Attendees register, badge collection booths are opening etc
Opening for entire conference
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mrs. Michelle Daniel – CEO. HSFB
Welcome Address – HSFB Leadership (5:00 minutes)
Mrs. Ena Harvey – Snr. Vice-President & Chair, Fundraising Committee
Address – Minister of Health & Wellness (10:00 minutes)
Min. (Hon.) Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Health & Wellness or
‘HoW Highlights – A Preview’ Video Presentation
Prime Minister of Barbados
Mrs. Cicely Spencer-Cross
Vote of Thanks – TBD
Board Member, HSFB – To be determined
Ena Harvey as MC
Why talk about it? The status of heart health in Barbados and worldwide
Professor Alafia Samuels gives an overview of the epidemiology (statistics of disease) of heart and vascular disease in Barbados and worldwide
Prof. Alafia Samuels, Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre
What do you mean the heart has chambers- is it a house?
Let’s review the basics of heart and vascular structure and function
Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist
I need a handyman
Now we know what the heart does, let’s take a closer look at what can go wrong.
Moving personal stories highlight symptoms of heart disease as experts explain more about the condition involved.
Panel: Dr. Harold Watson, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Dr. Patricia Best, Cardiologist; Richard Ishmael, Cardiologist; Dr. Gina Lundberg, Cardiologist; Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist
Power Outage! The day I died.
A personal experience with cardiac arrest
Jennifer Fergusson, Survivor
The plumbing is choked up
Let’s talk about heart attack symptoms. How are women different?
Quick- the sink is overflowing!
Does heart failure mean that I’m dying?
There was a hurricane and now part of my roof has gone
How do I know if I’m having a stroke? What should I do?
That door was faulty from the time it was installed
I was born with heart disease
What are the risk factors for heart disease? Introduction to Life’s simple 7
Dr. Gina Lundberg
“Eat, Drink, Move, Think” – Adults
Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietitian
“At the Heart of Productivity” – Heart Health in the Workplace/school Session
Wellness programmes, Stress management, Barriers to healthy lifestyles, AEDs in public places, ‘Women Heart at Work’ Etc..
Interactive panel discussion with Janelle Chase-Mayers, Jennifer Ferguson, Helene Charlebois, Gina Lundberg, Author of workplace wellness . HCC invitee.
A call to action: Brainstorming session/ Workplace challenge
Cannabis Management Resources in partnership with the
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill
invite you to the
Barbados Medical Cannabis Conference
Saturday, 29 June 2019, 9AM-5.15PM
Sunday, 30 June 2019, 11AM-5.15PM
Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre, UWI, Cave Hill, St. Michael
About the event:
This two-day event features some of the top Cannabis experts from around the world with the goal of educating and advocating about the benefits and safe use of medical cannabis. Speakers include local & international medical professionals, security consultants, patient advocates & others. Topics include: paediatric applications of medical cannabis, addiction and cannabis therapy, cannabis use in geriatric medicine and sports medicine, evidence-based medical trials, patient cases, exploring legalization and more.
This is a FREE EVENT. Registration is a must.
Target Audience: Day 1 (June 29) is especially designed for medical professionals, researchers, academics and professionals in similar areas. Day 2 (June 30): general public, interested persons. CPE credit will be available on both days.
Dr. Mike Hart, Cannabis Physician, USA
Dr. Marni Brooks, Family Physician – Cannabinoid Medicine
Dr. Michael Verbora, Cannabinoid Physician, Canada
Cardiovascular disease is the number
one cause of morbidity and mortality in women worldwide. Yet, research
consistently reveals a profound lack of awareness of this fact, not only among
women, but also among many healthcare professionals. Beyond this lack of
awareness, disparities in treatment of cardiovascular disease in women exist,
often because of failure to appreciate differences in disease presentation
between men and women.
It is for these reasons that the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Barbados conceptualized HoW, a forum
designed to educate both the Barbadian public and healthcare providers in
concurrent symposia. The aim of the CME
activity is to heighten awareness and to bridge the knowledge gap of
manifestations, diagnosis and management of CVD in women.
The conference programme is led and developed by Dr. Dawn
Scantlebury, Medical Director, HFSB and will feature some leading cardiologists from the USA and other guest presenters. Speakers include:
Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Cardiologist, USA
Mieres, MD, is one of the leading experts and patient advocates in the fields
of cardiovascular disease in women. She is the author of ‘Heart Smart for Black
Women and Latinas’ and ‘Heart Smart for Women’. Her documentary, ‘A Woman’s
Heart’ was nominated at the 46th Annual New York
Emmy Awards. In her role as leader of Northwell Health’s Center for
Equity of Care, Dr. Mieres has oversight of the Katz Institute for Women’s
Health, all of Northwell’s health, wellness, community health education and
healthcare access programs. She is also the health system’s chief diversity and
inclusion officer and is a member of the health system’s leadership team.
Dr. Gina Price Lundberg, Cardiologist, USA
Gina Price Lundberg, MD is the Clinical Director of the
Emory Women’s Heart Center and a Preventive Cardiologist with Emory Clinic in
Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Lundberg is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory
University School of Medicine. She has been
interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in various media channels
including CNN and in USA Today.
Dr. Selma Mohammed, Cardiologist, USA
Mohammed, MBBS, PhD, is a Heart Failure
and Transplant Cardiologist at MedStar Health,
and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University of School of
Medicine, Washington, DC. She conducts
clinical research in heart failure as a scientific lead for the heart failure
research team at MedStar.
Patricia Best, Cardiologist, USA
J M Best, MD, is an associate professor of internal medicine and cardiovascular
diseases at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is an
interventional cardiologist, an active member of the Women’s Heart Clinic and a
researcher at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a fellow of the
American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society for Cardiac
Angiography and Intervention.
Helene Charlebois, Registered
Helene Charlebois is a Registered
Dietitian and Obesity Expert with over 25 years of experience in counselling,
nutrition education and weight management.
Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional
Scantlebury, MBBS is a consultant cardiologist at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital, and senior associate lecturer in cardiology, University of the West Indies. Dr. Scantlebury’s areas of practice include interventional cardiology, echocardiography and
cardiac rehabilitation. Her main research
focus is cardiovascular disease in women,
particularly stress-induced cardiomyopathy and the long-term cardiovascular
effects of hypertensive pregnancy.
Samuels, Epidemiologist, Barbados
Alafia Samuels, MBBS, PhD is the Director, George
Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Deputy Dean for Research and Graduate
Programmes, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave
Hill campus Barbados and co-Principal Investigator of the IDRC (International
Development Research Centre, Canada) funded evaluation of the CARICOM Heads of
Government 2007 NCD Summit Declaration. She is currently a member of the Barbados National
NCD (Non Communicable Diseases) Commission and the principal author of the
Barbados Ministry of Health Strategic Plan of Action for the Prevention and
Control of NCDs 2015-2019 as well as the CARICOM Regional NCD Plan 2010-2015
Other speakers may include:
NaTisha Robinson, Materno-Fetal
Medicine Specialist, Barbados
Aderemi Soyombo, Cardiologist, Barbados
Dr. Ariane Harvey,
Internist and Hypertension Specialist,
Springer, RN, Barbados
George , Endocrinologist
Dr. Cindy Flower,
Heart of a Woman Medical Symposium
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados
13 July 2019 9am-5pm, 14 July 2019
Day 1 – 9AM-5PM
What does it
from the BNR
Risk factors and prevention
Guidelines and role for risk prevention scores
disorders and the heart
in women (e.g. migraine).
Common Cardiac Conditions.
syndromes- including spontaneous coronary artery dissection, takotsubo
with reduced EF
with preserved EF
fibrillation and Stroke
findings in pregnancy
in pregnancy- from minor to major