WHAT: “Health in Caribbean Hartford” is a daylong forum hosted by Trinity College’s Center for Caribbean Studies that will explore health-related issues and concerns of the city and the Greater Hartford region. All events are free and open to the public.

WHERE: Mather Hall, Washington Room, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106

 (For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, click here. Parking is available in the college lots and on Summit Street. Close up images of the buildings are available here.) 

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster with details of event
Click the image to download the poster for the event.

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Professor of History and International Studies Dario A. Euraque, co-director, Center for Caribbean Studies; Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney; and Professor of Anthropology James A. Trostle

9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote Speakers Juan Angel Giusti Cordero, professor of history, University of Puerto Rico, “Hurricanes and Health Care in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean;” Mariola Espinosa, associate professor of history, University of Iowa, “The Colonial Origins of Caribbean Public Health: Disease Control Efforts in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1920s;” Adriana Garriga-Lopez, associate professor of anthropology, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, “The Other Caribbean: Decolonization and Autonomous Organizing for Health in Puerto Rico Post-Maria;” and respondent Blanca Ortiz Torres of the Psychology Department and the Institute for Psychological Research at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

12:00 p.m. LunchProvided in the Washington Room

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speakers Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program in UConn’s School of Medicine, “The Care of Migrant Caribbean and Central American Populations in Connecticut, 1997-2018;” and Rocio Chang (Trinity College Class of 1994), assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, “The Use of Trauma-Informed Services with Puerto Rican and Other Caribbean Communities”

2:00 p.m. Breakout Discussions – Topics include women’s health, political action and advocacy, mental health, primary care, and acculturation and substance abuse patterns among college students in Connecticut. Guests may also engage with various health and cultural organizations that will be distributing more information during the forum.

A full schedule of the day’s events, biographies of the keynote speakers and discussion leaders, and a list of the local organizations participating will be provided.


Trinity’s Center for Caribbean Studies organized this forum with the help of a planning committee consisting of Trinity faculty and administrators, Greater Hartford health practitioners and providers, and civic and political leaders. The Center for Caribbean Studies, led by its co-directors, Professor of History and International Studies Dario A. Euraque and Professor of Fine Arts Pablo Delano, explores and celebrates the distinctive Caribbean character of the city of Hartford and the influence of Caribbean civilization on contemporary cultures around the world. It conducts collaborative research and hosts cultural events and exchanges that build upon the region’s transnational connections while helping Trinity students develop as engaged global citizens.

The forum is co-sponsored by Trinity’s Department of History, Department of Anthropology, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

Header photo of Juan Angel Giusti Cordero, professor of history, University of Puerto Rico, by Pablo Delano.