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Climate Change Internship Programme for T&T Secondary Students Successfully Replicated at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - August 18, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago: In the third year of the collaboration between the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) &The UWI, and with support from the US Embassy, 15 secondary school students from Trinidad and Tobago completed a 5-week internship programme focused on climate change and public health. This internship programme introduced secondary school students to public health and climate change issues and the tools needed to effect change, inspiring them to pursue a career in public health. Over the course of 5-weeks, students were exposed to information and training on topics such as:   

  • - Research methodology
  • - Public health surveillance and opportunities to use climate information
  • - Emergency preparedness
  • - Basic data analysis related to disease control and climate change 

On Friday August 22, 2014, students will present their research findings at the closing awards ceremony, at UWI’s, University Inn & Conference Center, in St. Augustine, between 9:00am-1:30pm.

Founded in 1992 by the tennis champion and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe, in response to concerns about health care delivery in urban United States, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, is located at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in multi-ethnic Brooklyn, New York, USA. The Institute collaborates with diverse community partners to design, incubate and replicate neighborhood-based model interventions targeting health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities.  

In addition to its Brooklyn-based (New York) community health outreach initiatives and three-year Out of School Time (OST) health science enrichment program, as a partner of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC), the Institute provides Brooklyn youth, interested in pursuing a health career, with an internship opportunity to engage in health disparities research. The Climate Change & Public Health Internship Programme for Caribbean Secondary School Students is an adaptation of the Institute’s novel Health Disparities Internship model.