The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a civil society alliance established to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions
To harness the power of civil society, in collaboration with government, private enterprise, academia, and international partners, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of plans for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among Caribbean people.
The reduction of death and disability from chronic diseases among people in the Caribbean.
Values or Guiding Principles
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) carries out its mission with the minimum of structure and bureaucracy; guided by the themes of action, inclusivity, simplicity and flexibility. It is an inclusive Caribbean civil society network providing opportunities for civil society and public, private organizations both nationally and regionally, and their members, with core values of transparency and integrity, to come together in response to the pandemic of NCDs. The HCC focuses on population-based public health programmes. It is an alliance that upholds and pursues the strongest democratic principles and it gives significant consideration to equity issues, favouring the more vulnerable and disadvantaged. It provides encouragement towards the exchange of experience and knowledge through the provision of an environment that enhances personal and professional development that empowers people.
Strategic Objectives 2012-2016
The HCC 2012-2016 Strategic Plan has four strategic priority areas: Advocacy; Enhancing Communication; Capacity Building; and Promoting mHealth and eHealth.
The strategic objectives are to:
- Contribute and participate in all aspects of advocacy as a tool for influencing positive change around NCDs through mobilisation of Caribbean people and the creation of a mass movement aimed at responding to the NCDs;
- Develop effective methods of communication for and among members of the Coalition and the people of the Region;
- Build capacity among health NGOs and civil society in the Region; and
- Promote eHealth and mHealth to contribute to NCD public education campaigns and programmes.
HCC Priority areas include but are not limited to:
- Tobacco control and implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Improved dietary intake including reduction of salt and sugar, elimination of trans fats, and responsible alcohol use
- Increased physical activity
- Improved access to care for Mental health and related disorders
- Support of initiatives, plans and programmes at country and organization level
- Advocacy and support for enhanced detection and management of NCDs
These four strategic priority areas reflect that the HCC is a regional alliance with the expressed purpose of adding value to civil society in the Caribbean, and empowering people, specifically in the response to NCDs. It further reflects the HCC’s mandate to encourage and foster the execution of NCD projects and programmes in-country, undertaken and led by regional civil society organizations.
The HCC is a not for profit organisation registered in Barbados, governed by rules and regulations determined in a transparent and inclusive way by its members.
The HCC is a regional organisation with a Secretariat located in Barbados. Our core staff consists of a full-time Executive Director, a part time Information Technology Coordinator and long-term volunteers in the following areas: mobile Health, e Health and social media, social media content, and public relations and marketing.
The HCC is governed by a Board of Directors – all passionate experts in the field of NCD prevention based throughout the Caribbean, and are elected every 2 years. Professor Sir Trevor Hassell is Chairman of the Board. Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus of PAHO is Patron of the HCC, and Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), is Special Advisor to the HCC.
Membership of the HCC presently consists of more than 100 Caribbean based CSOs. Membership is open to all voluntary associations and informal networks in the Caribbean and extra-regionally where individuals and groups engage in activities of public consequence, and have similar objectives, goals and interests as the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. Members include nongovernmental health organizations, professional health and other associations, faith based organizations, neighbourhood organizations, cooperatives, charities, unions, social movements, and special interest groups.
Membership by individuals is permitted irrespective of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation as well that by institutions or organizations outside the Caribbean region. Institutions/organizations or individuals with links to the tobacco industry and those that take part in activities and have goals deleterious to public health are not accepted as members of the coalition. No fee is attached to being a member of the HCC.
See our membership categories and listings here.