Yale University’s school of medicine and AMVONET are launching a pilot program for the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN). AMVONET’s cloud based learning content management system will allow ECHORN to use AMVONET’s set of tools for reaching the goals of the project that is designed to help improve health outcomes across the region by establishing a cross-island surveillance partnership.
The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) will study the risk factors and prevalence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in the eastern Caribbean. The project aims to form a research collaborative across the eastern Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. The goal of the project is to help improve health outcomes across the region by establishing a cross-island surveillance partnership. ECHORN will also work to increase research capacity and infrastructure within the region. The study will expand clinical research with racial/ethnic minority populations in a part of the world that is now threatened by an epidemic of noncommunicable chronic diseases and the research findings will have direct implications for health policy in the region and for health inequities research and policy in the mainland United States.