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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Research Capacity-Building Workshop
Improving Chronic Disease in the Caribbean through Evidence-Based Behavioral and Social Interventions
Bridgetown, Barbados
July 21-23, 2015
Applications now being accepted through May 11, 2015

The leading causes of death in Caribbean populations are cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer, respectively. Heart and blood vessel diseases, cancer, diabetes and lung disease have consistently led mortality rates in the Caribbean region. It is reported 400,000 annual deaths are attributable to hypertension and slightly less than 300,000 annual deaths are attributable to each of obesity, alcohol, and tobacco in the Caribbean and Latin America. Further, half (50%) of the Americas’ cancer mortality is in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Thus, there is an urgent need to bolster efforts that control and prevent chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs),with particular emphasis on CVD and cancer. If risk factors are controlled, nearly 80 percent of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes plus 40 percent of cancers could be prevented. Since predominant risks are behavioral and social factors, dissemination of related effective interventions is vital for population impact and is an efficient method of linking investments in existing discoveries to goal attainment of NCD burden reduction.

The U.S National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency responsible for scientific discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the NIH/National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and NIH/Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) are hosting this three-day training program to provide participants with a thorough grounding in implementing behavioral and social intervention research for CVD and cancer prevention. This initiative is aligned with agency goals of facilitating translation of research into practice and advancing health of minority populations in underserved areas.

Workshop foci feature CVD (hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and obesity), cancer (cervical and lung), and key risk factors for NCD prevention and management (physical activity, diet and nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use, health literacy, and treatment adherence). Content includes plenary sessions on NCD surveillance, epidemiology, cultural adaptation techniques, implementation science, research partnerships, and available grant funding sources as well as small intensive breakout sessions for review of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) which can be culturally tailored for local Caribbean contexts. Program faculty is comprised of subject matter experts from the NIH joined by regional experts from the CDRC, UWI, and CARPHA. 

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