JIS News

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, will pay a four-day official visit to Minnesota from October 30 to November 2.
While in Minnesota, Ambassador Johnson will visit the University of Minnesota; Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare; College of St. Catherine, Hennepin County Medical Center; the Mayo Clinic and the Jamaican Splash fundraising event at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester on November 1, where he will deliver the keynote address.
Ambassador Johnson will participate in discussions with health officials that will centre on the launching of a three to five year research, looking at youth violence as a public health issue. Partners in this research will include the Ministry of Health and Environment, the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, the city of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health.
During his visit Ambassador Johnson will hold talks with health practitioners at the Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care and College of St. Catherine, aimed at having these two institutions help to strengthen Jamaica’s capacity to take care of children and adults in need of physical rehabilitation care.
Apart from participating in meetings with leaders in the medical communities of Minnesota, the Ambassador will meet with business and civic leaders in both Minneapolis and Rochester. He will also lay the groundwork for the launching of the Minnesota Caribbean Trade Council.
Ambassador Johnson will be accompanied by Chair of the Department of Medicine, the Faculty of Medical Sciences, (UWI), Professor Everard Barton and Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller. Ambassador Johnson and the Jamaican delegation are visiting Minnesota at the request of the Organisation for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ).