Cornell University: Veterinary College partners with Caribbean Public Health Agency

When Lorraine Francis, associate professor of practice in the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, arrived in Ithaca in 2019, she brought to the Cornell community 18 years of experience in Caribbean public health, including tracking disease outbreaks and helping Caribbean nations prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

This spring, Francis helped to solidify Cornell’s link to Caribbean public health by leading the effort to establish a Memorandum of Agreement between the university and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Under the new agreement, Cornell and CARPHA will explore ways to address the complex public health challenges facing Caribbean nations and provide Cornell students and faculty the opportunity to collaborate with Caribbean public health organizations.