NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit Set for Nov. 4

NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT®), in collaboration with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, will convene the USVI Health Innovation Summit from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at the University of the Virgin Islands – Albert A. Sheen Campus, Great Hall, St. Croix.

The purpose of the NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit is to enhance the territory’s capacity to create a resilient 21st century health system. The summit is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Summit Featured Speakers:
• Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., Lieutenant Governor, United States Virgin Islands
• Delegate to Congress, Stacey E. Plaskett, United States Virgin Islands
• Senator Oakland Benta, Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee Chair, 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands
• Senator Novelle E. Francis Jr., President of the 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands
• Basil C. Ottley, Policy Director, Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior
• Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable M.D., Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

They will be joined by the commissioners of Health and of Human Services, officials from the Department of the Center for Disease Control, University of the Virgin Islands, Frederiksted Health Care Inc., St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corp., AARP and members of the Virgin Islands community at-large.

About NHIT
The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 2008 with a mission to engage underserved populations in the development and use of health information technology (HIT) as a means to support and sustain health equity and economic viability based on NHIT’s five pillars: Workforce, Innovation, Policy, Research, and Community.

In September 2017, NHIT with guidance from supporting partners, launched the NHIT Care Campaign to restore the health safety net for the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This past 2 years, NHIT has mounted a long-term campaign to include the U.S. Congress, a consortium of federal agencies, key private sector and community-based stakeholders to ensure both terriorities benefit from the promise of Health IT Innovation.

Please contact Luis Belen, CEO of NHIT, at LBelen@NHITC.org at if you have any questions.