Date: June 26 - August 14, 2010
Location: IAU Campus, St.Lucia
The health awareness seminar was held at IAU College of Medicine in collaboration with the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association. Forty individuals were trained in diabetic and hypertensive care, all of whom sat through 40 class hours of instruction that provided a wealth of information on personal and public health. These community leaders are committed to using their newly acquired tools as community educators. The training was organized and facilitated by IAU College of Medicine faculty and staff members. Several St. Lucian dignitaries were present at the seminar including: Felix St. Hill, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health; Monica Felix, Assistant Principal Nursing Officer for the South; and George Eugene, Executive Director of SLDHA. The vision of the SLDHA is to become the the focal institution contributing to the education, awareness, and eradication of diabetes and hypertension in St. Lucia. Participants received a certificate of training and were all excited to be able to take the important lessons they learned back to their communities to create a healthier environment in St. Lucia. Ms. Felix encouraged participants to remain motivated and diligent to make a difference in the lives of residents of their communities, “This training is just the tip of the iceberg, learning is a continuous process.” IAU College of Medicine hopes to continue this relationship with SLDHA in order to raise awareness and promote healthy lifestyles in St. Lucia now and in the future.