Maisha Hutton – Executive Director
Maisha Hutton is the Executive Director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), the only regional alliance of over 100 NCD focused civil society organisations. Maisha holds a BSc in Microbiology, a MSc. in Molecular Biology and a PGDip in International Health. Prior to joining the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, she worked in HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and control for 10 years.
Maisha has been with the HCC since 2012 where she is responsible for the daily operations and leading on the implementation of HCC’s strategic plan which is underpinned by five strategic pillars: accountability; advocacy; communication; capacity building; and sustainability.
The HCC Secretariat in collaboration with its civil society members – works with national, regional and international public and private partners to drive NCD policy and programming in a number of priority areas including: civil society capacity building; cervical cancer prevention; alcohol policy; tobacco control; food policy; childhood obesity; and strengthening mechanisms for a whole of government and whole of society multisectoral response to NCDs.
Ian Pitts – Digital Content Coordinator
Ian Pitts has been a part of the HCC Team in various capacities since the registration of the healthycaribbean.org domain name in 2008. He facilitated the website for the Healthy Caribbean 2008 – A Wellness Revolution Conference and continued to help grow the website platform as the success of the conference evolved into the formation of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.
Ian has developed a strong design and technology skill set and he works on a majority of HCC’s digital outputs including the HCC website, the HCC News Roundup, infographics, various visuals, technical briefs and reports. Ian has also worked with other health focused organisations over the years including The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) and The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB).
Sheena Warner-Edwards – Social Media Coordinator
Sheena Warner-Edwards holds a Masters of Public Health Degree from University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from University of the West Indies (UWI). Sheena is the Social Media Coordinator for the HCC Team and Communication Officer on the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) Childhood Obesity Prevention Project.
GHAI PROJECT PERSONNEL
Sheena Warner-Edwards – Communication Officer
Sheena Warner-Edwards holds a Masters of Public Health Degree from University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from University of the West Indies (UWI). Sheena is the Communication Officer on the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) and Social Media Coordinator for the HCC Team Childhood Obesity Prevention Project.
Sheena is also a Public Health Consultant and has served as the Project Manager to the National NCD (non-communicable diseases) Commission Barbados and Health Promotion and Prevention Consultant to the Ministry of Health Barbados. She works in the area of public health specifically in Chronic Disease Research, HIV/STI Treatment and Prevention and Health Promotion and has worked in the area of public health for the past ten years.
Sheena loves to travel the World and has spent lengths of time in Ireland, England, Scotland, New Zealand, France and the US and has travelled the Caribbean region on numerous occasions.
Danielle Walwyn – Advocacy Officer
Danielle Walwyn holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Health Promotion from Queen’s University (Canada). Her Master’s thesis research focused on exploring physical activity opportunities among adolescents in secondary schools in her home island, Antigua.
As Advocacy Officer, Danielle works alongside the HCC Team in implementing HCC’s regional obesity prevention project which targets the CARICOM Community with a focus on Barbados and Jamaica.
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys teaching fitness classes for children, adults and older adults. She is passionate about making diverse, enjoyable, physical activities accessible to all.
Kerrie Barker – Project Assistant
Kerrie Barker holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science with Management from Imperial College London (United Kingdom), which she completed in 2018. As part of this dual degree she completed two research projects, one focused on evaluating the impact of HIV/AIDS on work and home productivity in southern Africa and the other assessed how start-ups can be leveraged through open innovation techniques.
Her research interests include infectious and chronic disease epidemiology as well as data analytics and management for healthcare, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
She joined the Healthy Caribbean Coalition at the beginning of 2019, first as a volunteer and later as the Project Assistant for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) funded Childhood Obesity Project. As Project Assistant, she supports the activities of the HCC Team in achieving project objectives and has conducted research projects aimed at examining the nutritional value of beverage and infant food products in Barbados.
Prior to joining the HCC, she worked on projects with the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness, the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) and Orbis International. When not working on HCC projects, Kerrie can likely be found at the pool or beach, or spending time with family. She enjoys learning and is currently attempting to master statistical software and the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
Sonja Harewood – Administrator
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