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Cancer Awareness Webinar Scheduled for February 28

Dr. Erole McLean Hobdy will explain how early detection saves lives, and he will talk about the cancer treatments available in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nurses With Lapsed or Inactive Licenses: Amnesty Period to Be Followed by Fee Increases

The board has approved an amnesty period that ends April 30 for nurses with an inactive or a lapsed license during the last two renewal years.

Tri-Island Health Fair Set for Feb. 29, Fonseca Announces

The Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services will hold a tri-island Community Health Fair on Feb. 29, committee chairman Sen. Ray Fonseca announced Wednesday.

Lieutenant Governor Issues Update on Individual Health Insurance Coverage in USVI

The Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation has licensed a global insurer to provide individual health insurance coverage in the territory.

Ribbons for a Cure, a Local Cancer Organization, Accepting Applications for Financial Assistance

The Financial Assistance Program is available to cancer patients and survivors who have resided in the U.S. Virgin Islands permanently for the past five years. 

We From Upstreet Inc. to Begin Cancer Support Group on Feb. 10

Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend and share their challenges and triumphs with others who may be needing support and encouragement. This will also be a great opportunity to learn from medical professionals about the latest in resources available.

DOH Expands Pediatric Lead Screening, Outreach Efforts in St. Thomas-St. John District

The V.I. Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Divisions are expanding pediatric lead screening to the STT-STJ district in a continuing effort to develop a baseline of exposure for children 0 to 6 years old - the most vulnerable population. 

CFVI Is Offering Free Mental Health Resource to Boost Children’s Learning

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is offering a free mental health resource to all families throughout the territory with children from birth-12th grade to boost their learning.

DOH Surpasses Initial Goal of Screening 1,000 Children for Lead Exposure

The V.I. Health Department has surpassed its initial goal of screening at least 1,000 St. Croix children aged zero to six for lead exposure, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion announced.

Senators Visit Territory’s Behavioral Health Patients in Florida

Sen. Fonseca expressed a sense of urgency to begin discussions with the commissioners of the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to discuss the establishment of a public-private partnership that restores behavioral health services in the Virgin Islands.

Digital Lending Innovation Donates $35,000 to UVI CELL to Support Women’s Health

UVI CELL has received a $35,000 gift from Digital Lending Innovation, an Economic Development Commission beneficiary company based on St. Thomas that will help enhance women's healthcare initiatives across the USVI.

Howard University College of Pharmacy Advances Partnership With USVI, Launches Major Collaborations

The Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) have collaborated to create two new initiatives  Public Health Informatics and Technology for the USVI

Congress Extends Insulin Cap for Commercially Insured Patients to USVI

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement announcing the extension by Eli Lilly of the $35 per month cap on insulin to commercially insured patients at participating retail pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Christensen Named to Advisory Board of Meharry’s New School of Global Health

Dr. Donna M. Christensen has been named to the founding advisory board of the new School of Global Health at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

DOH Encourages Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine

As flu season approaches, the V.I. Health Department is urging residents to prioritize their well-being by getting vaccinated against the flu virus, especially the elderly and young children who are the most susceptible to severe flu-related complications, the department announced. 

Frederiksted Health Care Inc. and Others Hold Summit on HIV/PrEP

Organizations hosted a summit entitled “HIV Prevention with a Focus on PREP” and themed 'PrEP-ping the way forward in HIV Prevention.' Over 75 participants from various community-based organizations

Department of Health Celebrates Completion of the New WIC Building on St. Thomas

The official ceremony marked the return of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to its home after being displaced following the devastating 2017 hurricanes.

DOH’s Pediatric Lead Testing of 118 Children Shows 4 Detected, Pending Confirmation

The lead test is being provided at no cost to the child, and parental consent is required before the test can be administered. Before a child can be tested, parents or guardians must register their child and give consent on the V.I. Department of Health’s registration portal,

GESC Health Insurance Board Releases Election Results

The results of GESC Board of Trustees election for the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix active employee representatives held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, are as follows.

Health Department Announces Initiative for Pediatric Lead Testing on STX

The V.I. Health Department is intensifying its efforts to raise awareness about lead exposure and its impact on health, particularly for the most vulnerable population — pregnant women and children ages 0 to 6 — after Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. declared a local State of Emergency on Monday to address high levels of lead and copper found in some of St. Croix’s drinking water.



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