The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) studies the risk factors and prevalence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in the Eastern Caribbean. Working across the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, GHLI collaborates with ECHORN to build regional capacity for leadership in health outcomes research and facilitate the translation of research into policy and practice.
The goal of the project is to help improve health outcomes by establishing a cross-island surveillance partnership. ECHORN also works to increase research capacity and infrastructure within the region. GHLI will develop a virtual curriculum for research methods, project management and research administration and work with delegations from ECHORN sites through the GHLI conference.
A limited number of studies have been conducted in the Caribbean that focus on these noncommunicable chronic diseases. Ultimately, the findings and evidence generated by the ECHORN project will have direct implications for health policy in the region as well as for health inequities research and policy in the U.S. This five-year program is funded by the National Institutes of Health.