Health at work focus of annual conference

| 09/09/2013

(CNS): With the Health Services Authority pressing the need for partnerships to make the Cayman Islands healthier and address the problem of increasing figures for communicable and avoidable diseases its annual conference will focus on healthy workplace environments.  This is the fourth time the HSA has joined forces with the health ministry to organise the specialist conference and the CEO of the HSA, Lizzette Yearwood, said this year’s theme, ‘Taking Care of Business: A Shared Approach to Workplace Wellness’ would speak to a large cross section of the Cayman population. Part of the HSA’s five year strategic plan is to work collaboratively with partners to actively engage the public in healthy lifestyle change to mitigate the impact of chronic disease and illnesses.

“Because of the broad nature of the subject matter to be discussed, we believe that this year’s conference should attract not only healthcare professionals, but anyone associated with health in the workplace,” said Yearwood.  “Anyone who is interested in ensuring that they have a healthy workplace in which their employees can operate will benefit, including human resource managers, office managers and business owners. It will encourage employees to learn more about what they can do themselves to improve their health while at work, so we hope everyone will attend.”

Osbourne Bodden, the new health minister explained why the theme was relevant to all. “We all spend such a large part of our daily lives in the workplace that it makes absolute sense for this year’s Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference to focus specifically on ways in which we can improve our health at work,” he said.

“This year organisers have invited an impressive line-up of health and wellness professionals who will be sharing their own vision for how we can stay healthy and even improve our health while at work. As the new Minister for Health, I am looking forward to being part of this annual event and eager to hear from the speakers, sponsors and delegates, who will provide valuable feedback as to how we can improve our health at home and in the workplace, resulting in a healthier community as a whole,” the minister added.

The Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference is due to take place from 17 to 19 October at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.  Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Health Services Authority joins Health City as Premium sponsors, while Tenet Healthcare is the conference’s Premium Plus Sponsor. While there are still opportunities for sponsorship of this exciting event, the following organisations have also pledged their support: 21st Century Oncology, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Cerner, Cayman First Insurance, Surgery Centre at Doral, Cleveland Clinic, Broward Health, the University of California – San Diego Health System, The Wellness Centre, Cayman Airways, Caymanian Compass, Sunshine Suites and Fast Signs.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder when someone will address the fact that so many of our elderly cannot afford health care and have no insurance after they retire. This will only get worse. It seems like employers feel no responsibility for their retired employees. Oh well I guess it will fall to social services. 

    • Anonymous says:

      The five year plan should address what they are going to do when Shetty opens and the only patients left are on welfare.

    • Anonymous says:

      An employer's responsibility is to the financial health of his company and the maximization of gains for shareholders. Of course there is also corporate social responsibility, but what happens after an employee's retirement is their responsibility not the employer's. Beyond the employment contract, there are no further dealings.

      If employers are to feel responsibility for these grown adults, as you allude to, can you imagine the growing number of people a company would have to take care of the longer it stayed in existance? That alone would send them out of business. Think through things next time.

      • Anonymous says:

        so you think its ok for employers to pay their employees low wages in order to make a pile of money and then let government take care of them when they get too old to work. This is why unions were formed. Soon come here too. Think about that  

    • Slowpoke says:

      There were some of us who advocated for universal, single payer healthcare, but oh no, the free market was going to be much cheaper and more efficient.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Cool photo!

    • anonymous says:

      You're right! I know many people that could use a stationary bicycle at their desk 🙂