Caribbean Strong: Building Resilience with Equity

Conference // San Juan


Feb 27 2019 - Mar 01 2019


The three-day summit focusing on disaster preparedness in the Caribbean region is co-sponsored by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.

The event's keynote speakers will be APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, and Richard Besser, MD, MPH, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News' former chief health and medical editor.

In addition, prominent local, national and international speakers will participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions on a variety of disaster medicine and preparedness topics including:

  • Medically Fragile Populations
  • Infrastructure, Transportation Access and Power
  • Education and Training for Community Resilience
  • Public Health
  • Institutional Response and Resilience
  • Population Mental Health

On Day three, summit participants will work on identifying actionable goals and objectives for the response, recovery and preparedness segments of the disaster cycle.

The summit will also feature poster presentations, an exhibit hall and numerous opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing. Papers selected for presentation will be included in the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, which will be available in hardcopy at the event.

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