Center for Caribbean Studies to Host ‘Health in Caribbean Hartford’ Forum on March 6 & 7

Update: The program scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 7, has been cancelled due to weather.

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 2, 2018—“Health in Caribbean Hartford” is a two-evening program at Trinity College that will explore health-related issues and concerns of the city and the Greater Hartford region. This event on March 6 and 7 is hosted by Trinity’s Center for Caribbean Studies and is free and open to the public.

During the first night of the program on Tuesday, March 6, a panel discussion will be held in the Reese Room in the Smith House at 6:00 p.m. The panel will feature Associate Professor Adriana Garriga-Lopez of Kalamazoo College in Michigan and Associate Professor of History Mariola Espinosa of the University of Iowa, who will share their experience on public health in the Caribbean. This panel will be moderated by Trinity College Professor of Anthropology James A. Trostle.

Update: The program scheduled for the second evening of the forum—Wednesday, March 7—has been cancelled due to weather.​

On Wednesday, March 7, the forum will open with brief talks by three keynote speakers in Mather Hall’s Washington Room at 6:00 p.m., followed by opportunities for participants to take part in specialized workshops and to learn more about local health-related organizations represented at the forum. The keynote speakers are: Juan Angel Giusti Cordero, professor of history at the University of Puerto Rico, who will talk about hurricanes and health care in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program in UConn’s School of Medicine, who will talk about the care of migrant Caribbean and central American populations in Connecticut; and Rocio Chang ’94, M.A., Psy.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who will discuss the use of trauma-informed services with Puerto Rican and other Caribbean communities.

Following these talks there will be 90-minute breakout discussions and workshops on topics including women’s health, political action, advocacy, mental health, and primary care. Guests can also engage with various health and cultural organizations that will be distributing more information during the forum.

The “Health in Caribbean Hartford” forum is hosted by Trinity’s Center for Caribbean Studies, which explores and celebrates the distinctive Caribbean character of the city of Hartford and the influence of Caribbean civilization on contemporary cultures around the world. Led by its co-directors, Professor of History and International Studies Dario A. Euraque and Professor of Fine Arts Pablo Delano, the Center conducts collaborative research and hosts cultural events and exchanges that build upon the region’s transnational connections while helping Trinity students develop as engaged global citizens. 

The forum is co-sponsored by Trinity’s Department of History and the Department of Anthropology and is presented in affiliation with the Trinity College program Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society. In addition, the event was planned in conjunction with Trinity faculty and administrators, Greater Hartford health practitioners and providers, and civic and political leaders. ​