Dr. Jose Davy.
Dr. Jose Davy.

Vincentian Dr. Jose Davy is the latest Eastern Caribbean Fellow of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

She is a medical doctor and clinical care provider in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and sees HIV/AIDS patients on a daily basis.

She is taking part in a three-week multi-regional project on global women’s health issues with 21 other candidates from around the world.

The program, which began on Tuesday, includes travel to at least four cities across the United States: Washington D.C., Minneapolis, and Jacksonville with participants splitting into three teams for travel to Reno, Phoenix, or Albuquerque.

Davy and her colleagues will examine state and local efforts to increase prevention screening and promote wellness programs. They will also review initiatives that promote maternal and child health, as well as, help raise public awareness about how economic downturns, poverty, and other external challenges affect health care delivery systems.

United by their professional pursuits, the participants are a varied group, hailing from as far as Romania, South Africa, Nepal, and Oman.

The programme offers the opportunity for this diverse group to network with professional counterparts (both U.S. and international) in order to increase information sharing and to promote transparency in discussing global women’s health issues.

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados says this programme is an excellent fit for Dr. Davy as it will give her an opportunity to build a stronger professional network and learn best practices from fellow participants that will help improve the quality of care for her patients.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme. The programme brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn from how U.S. experts in this profession operate and to share best practices with the other program fellows who hail from the same region and across the globe.

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