Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online-Health

Health Session

A celebration of achievements in healthcare progress through collaboration between the Diaspora and the Jamaican Healthcare system. Identifying healthcare needs across Jamaica, and developing a vision for future collaboration in bringing good health and excellent healthcare to ALL Jamaicans

Speaker Bios


Dr. Beverly Gordon is the Chair of the Health Taskforce. She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education. She is currently employed by Crozer-Keystone Health System as a Child and Family Therapist and also teaches Psychopathology in the School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College. She is a frequent presenter at seminars, workshops, and retreats related to mental health and relationships. She is originally from Kingston and attended Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville. She taught at Mannings High and Claremont All-Age School.

Marcia Beaumont Amarsingh is from St Ann, attended York Castle High School, Dental Auxiliary and the University of the West Indies where she completed both her Bachelor of Psychology and Masters of Science in Counseling. She practiced in the field of Dentistry and taught A Level Psychology at Convent of Mercy Alpha Girls School and Quality Academics before migrating to the USA in 2006. She is the Executive Director of Renewal Integrative Psychotherapies LLC a mental health and Substance Use Clinic in Worcester Massachusetts, the President of Renewal Sober Living Inc, a sober home for men in recovery and manages a private practice, Amarsingh Integrative Counseling Services LLC


Dr. Ganesh Shetty. a naturalized Jamaican, is currently employed by KSA Health Dept, SERHA, Ministry of Health, Jamaica .He has worked at various Child Guidance Clinics in the region ,Schools and Community and the University of Technology.
Also, he has his private practice at *Shekinah House, Seymour Park, Off Old Hope Road, Kingston-6.
After Security Operations in West Kingston in 2010, Dr. Shetty with his colleagues has helped over 250 children of those affected communities with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Presently, in collaboration with NGOs, Dr. Shetty and his team has trained and is supervising the delivery of trauma treatment by Youth Workers in inner-city communities of West Kingston and has trained teachers of August Town Primary School to assist traumatized children and parents. He also played significant role in starting of Saturday Clinic for Sexually Abused Children of Children’s Home at Comprehensive Health Center. He is Ministry of Health and Wellness Point Person for the Multi-ministerial, Multi-agency for “Plan Secure” an initiative of the Ministry of National Security to identify and assist youth in schools who have neuro-developmental disorders and are high risk for violence. He is also supporting Ministry of Education and UNCEF for planning upscaling of the School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) program.
After school closure in Jamaica to contain the spread of COVID 19, Dr. Shetty initiated and funded the Child & Adolescent Tele-Mental Health Project in Kingston & St. Andrew Child Guidance Clinics to reach affected youth and prevent their unnecessary exposure of to Corona Virus. He also played a crucial rule in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Education with support from UNICEF to sustain this and expand the Child & Adolescent Tele-Mental Health Services to all child guidance clinics in Jamaica.


Patrick Williams is the President of the Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC) uPatrick served previously, as JAAC’s Vice President and Education Chair, a role which he successfully led for five years, planning and executing the organization’s yearly mission trips to Jamaica. On the local level he participated in the Read across America project on the behalf of JAAC with great success. uWhile continually exploring opportunities to support the mission and goals of JAAC, in 2017 Patrick accepted the call to be the president of the Jamaica Awareness Association of California last year. JAAC is a non –Profit charitable  and voluntary organization. He takes this task bestowed on him very seriously and is committed and driven to take JAAC to the next level. uHe currently serves on the board of NAJASO (The National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations) uHe possesses a passion for community service having devoted over twenty five years to community service and leadership, with special focus here in Los Angeles. uThis zeal to serve was not developed here in the United States, but was an integral part of his life during his early years in Jamaica.  He was a volunteer in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, coordinating activities with the Parish Council of Saint James uHe is a dedicated, motivated individual, who focuses on the task at hand without deviating from his intended goal for the success of the organization.

Lornetta Patrick, RN, MSN, APRN, President of the Jamaica Nurses Association of Florida

CARMEN L. JOHNSON

Cert. Managing Hospital in Developing Countries,

Cert. Preparing Budget for Government Organization

 MSc. Human Resource Development, Cert, Facility Auditor,

Cert. Public Speaking, BSC. Health Service Administration

Cert. Nursing Administration, Cert. RM, Cert. RN

Published by Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network - JDTAN

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