a civil society alliance for combatting chronic disease in the caribbean

Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Why should you care about chronic diseases in the Caribbean?

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Chronic diseases include heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, lung diseases and cancer. They are the number one cause of premature death in the Caribbean. We know what it takes to prevent the vast majority of these diseases, yet it has been difficult to do. Prevention requires the concerted effort of many people from various sectors of society. Many of these people don’t know why they should care about chronic diseases. Many of them don’t even know that they hold a key to the solution. See below why you should care and why you are needed to solve the problem.

IF YOU ARE A: YOU MIGHT BE CONCERNED ABOUT: YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION BY:
Church leader
  • The physical health of members of your congregation
  • Costs of healthcare for your employees and members
  • Showing your members you care about them personally
  • Use your church to provide health screenings such as taking blood pressures
  • Teach your members life skills that can save their physical lives such as healthy and nutritious cooking methods, or how to quit smoking
  • Support government policies that make your congregation healthier
Labor leader
  • Healthy work conditions for your members
  • Members that are satisfied with your organizations services
  • Promote that all workers, including those in restaurants and bars, have a healthy, smoke-free workplace
  • Support government policies that make your members healthier
University Administrator
  • Obtaining funds for policy relevant research
  • The health of your faculty, administrators and students
  • Costs associated with healthcare
  • Involve your faculty in research to understand the problem and evaluate interventions
  • Include chronic disease prevention in your health science programs
  • Make the university environment is a model of health promotion to be followed by other institutions
Educator, teacher
  • Troublesome changes in lifestyle among children and adolescents
  • Promote health in programs and by example
  • Include in your programs daily physical activity
  • Make available healthy foods in the cafeteria or kiosks
  • Screen and refer children for obesity and high risk markers
  • Declare the school smoke-free
Health professionals and Administrators
  • Caring for those that are sick or at high risk to become sick
  • Preventing diseases
  • Making healthcare available to all sectors of society at an affordable cost
 
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Elected official
  • Meet your campaign promises to your voters
  • Support your re-election by promoting policies that are popular with your voters
  • Cost associated with providing healthcare in your country and your constituents in particular
 
Government policy maker
  • Respond to the direction of your present administration
  • Promote policies that improve the lives of people in your country
  • Provide healthcare within budgetary constraints
 
Business leader
  • Improve the health and productivity of your employees
  • Reduce the costs of absenteeism, lower productivity and health insurance
  • Show your company is socially responsible towards the community
  • Show your employee you care about them and their families
 
Hospital administrator
  • Plan your institutions growth based on healthcare needs in your community and country
  • Reduce your costs of providing healthcare
  • Position your organization as one that cares about your patients and the community
  • Present topics that might be controversial in a balanced manner, e.g, tobacco industry strategies to support tobacco consumption
  • Let your audience know about the number one cause of premature death in the Caribbean
  • Hold elected officials accountable when they don’t follow through with promises regarding improving health
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Member of the Media
  • Provide your readers and viewers with significant news that affects their health
  • Improve your audience numbers with news of interest to them
Parent
  • The health of your family
  • Accessibility of affordable healthcare and preventive services
  • Make healthy habits routine in your household
  • Promote family members to control blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol by seeing a health professional and adhering to treatment
Urban planner, municipal authority
  • Making your city livable and appealing to its inhabitants
  • Attracting tourists
  • Lowering healthcare costs
  • Designing green spaces for people to enjoy, favoring physical activity
  • Making cities safe to walk
  • Consider “ciclovias,” closing streets to traffic so that people can enjoy walking, bicycle riding, and exercising outdoors
Human rights advocates
  • Human right abuses that degrade people’s lives
  • The rights of the poor, women, the sick
  • Consider the right of all people to breath clean air, free of tobacco smoke (the number one indoor air pollutant)
  • Support the right of people to have access to affordable healthcare
ALL
  • BEING AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE TO ENJOY LIFE
  • AVOID COSTLY DISEASES THAT MIGHT AFFECT US AND OUR ENTIRE FAMILIES
  • AVOID BECOMING A BURDEN TO OTHERS
  • SUPPORT GOVERNMENT POLICIES THAT MAKE THE HEALTHY CHOICE, THE EASIER CHOICE FOR ALL
  • SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES, PLACE OF WORK, PLACE OF WORSHIP, SCHOOLS TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH OF ALL MEMBERS
  • SUPPORT OUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO STAY HEALTHY
  • EAT HEALTHY, BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, NOT USE OR BE EXPOSED TO TOBACCO, KEEP A HEALTHY WEIGHT, CONTROL HYPERTENSION, DIABETES AND DISLIPIDEMIAS. LIVE HEALTHY
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