Highlights About the Caribbean


Our Introduction to the Caribbean

As a result of valuable input from our initial Editors, Yvonne Graham and Kenton Kirby, Health Power developed a unique and culturally relevant definition of The Caribbean.

Technically, we define the Caribbean region as primarily consisting of those countries and territories (hereafter all called countries) called the Greater and Lesser Antilles. Culturally and in terms of immigration patterns to the United States, however, the Caribbean extends beyond the Antilles, and includes some countries in Central and South America.

Because of earlier colonization of many of these countries (and territories) by the English, Spanish, French and Dutch, many of these countries have multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-language (linguistic) characteristics.

The Health Power Caribbean Circuit will address health related interests and needs of people from the following:
  • countries where the population is Afro-centric in all, or a significant, part; and
  • (other Caribbean, Central American and South American countries from which a significant number of individuals now live in the United States and also identify themselves as from the Caribbean.

Although countries that have a Spanish dominance may technically be Caribbean, Health Power will pass them on to its Hispanic Channel for focus.

Key national flags of the Caribbean, with their multiple colors and symbols, demonstrate the beauty and spirit of this beautiful and dynamic area of the world. Of even greater interest is theTable of Key Caribbean Health Indicators . It provides information on the birth rates, infant mortality rates, and life expectancies of 21 countries, ranging from Antigua-Barbuda, Anguilla and Aruba, to St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad &Tobago, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Our Channel Editors

 

Yvonne J. Graham, R.N., M.P.H., Editor, Health Power Caribbean Channel and Member of its Professional Advisory Council

A pioneer in public health, Ms. Graham founded, and was Executive Director of the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) from 1982 to 2001. CWHA provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive health care, immigration and social support services to a diverse clientele of more than 30,000.

In the capacity of Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn, a position assumed in 2001, Ms. Graham oversees health care policy, and is the Borough President’s primary representative and key advisor on health care, immigration and general welfare issues. A Registered Nurse, she earned her baccalaureate degree from St. Joseph’s College (NYC).


 

Kenton K. Kirby, Co-Editor, Health Power Caribbean Channel

Editor-in-Chief, Caribbean Life newspaper, a New York City weekly with a readership of over 300,000. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, prior journalism positions include Chief Reporter of The Vincentian, the major newspaper in his home country, and correspondent for: Caribbean News Agency, UPI, Radio Barbados and Radio Antilles.

From 1990 to 1995 Mr. Kirby worked in the New York City Health Department as a Community Liaison Worker and Public Information Specialist. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, and an Advance Degree in Journalism from the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin.