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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Tobacco Dependency Treatment Training Workshop for Health Care Professionals

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Tobacco Dependency Treatment Training Workshop for Health Care Professionals - Kingston, Jamaica May 30, 2012.

Dear Colleagues, The use of tobacco is the most preventable cause of disease and death globally and indeed in our region. All our countries in the Caribbean have now ratified the WHO treaty, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control although so far, only Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have implemented legislation to comply with this treaty. We are anticipating that in due course the other Caribbean countries will also pass legislation, and with this in mind, we need to build capacity in tobacco dependency treatment so that we will be able to cope with the anticipated increase in the demand for this service. This workshop will train health care professionals who interface with patients who smoke on a regular basis. It is expected that subsequently they will then pass on the training to their health care colleagues. In addition, the workshop is also appropriate for healthcare leaders who wish to provide tobacco dependency treatment services in their healthcare institution.

Please read or download the  background information on the Mayo Clinic Global Bridges programme, the objectives of the workshop, criteria for attendance at the workshop and a registration/expression of interest form.  (All PDF files Read or download  (right click "Save Link/Target As")

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Please read the information and reply expressing your interest as soon as possible as space in the workshop is limited.

Please see important deadlines below.

Important deadlines

Please address all enquires and return application form to Kay Morrish-Cooke at jctc@infochan.com .

While costs associated with hosting the workshop are being covered by Global Bridges, other expenses such as travel expenses and lodging are not covered. For those able to find funding/sponsorship to attend the workshop, information will be given regarding hotel rates where the workshop is being held. We look forward to your attendance at this workshop as we work together to address this very serious public health issue.

Deborah Chen SRN MPH l Executive Director l The Heart Foundation of Jamaica l President Elect The InterAmerican Heart Foundation