Forums on the Health Impacts of Climate Change Set for June
The University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Exploratory Research
Center in conjunction with the Medical University of South Carolina
will host community forums on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John
about climate change health impacts. The forums will present Virgin
Islands residents an opportunity to hear about six projects
focusing on adapting to climate change health impacts that were
undertaken by six community groups. The forums are scheduled as
• St. John - 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Guy H. Benjamin
School, Coral Bay.
• St. Thomas - 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, at the University of
the Virgin Islands Administration and Conference Center, Room
• St. Croix - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the University of the
Virgin Islands Melvin Evans Center, Room 713.
Members from each community group will present the group's
activities and outcomes at the forums. The focus of the projects is
the reduction of the threat of dengue fever to the community and
the changing environment that will support illnesses from vectors
like mosquitoes. The forums are expected to last about two hours
and the opportunity for questions and answers will be
On St. Croix, members of Beyond Visions Foundation and Farmers in
Action will make presentations on a video project about climate
change and the clearing of a mosquito-breeding site, respectively.
Members of Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands, the
Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (EAST), and We
Grow Food, Inc. will make presentations on St. Thomas. Catholic
Charities members will discuss its project of educating the
homeless population on St. Thomas about dengue fever and ciguatera.
EAST members will discuss a tree-planting project at Smith Bay
Park. We Grow Food, Inc. members will discuss a mesh netting
distribution project. On St. John, the Coral Bay Community Council
members will make presentations about a campaign to educate
students and church members about dengue fever and ciguatera.
The project was supported by the National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. For
further information contact Dr. LaVerne Ragster at email@example.com or
340-643-6550 or Tessa Liburd at 340-693-1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.