Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Former Saint Lucia CMO Now Associate Professor At Rutgers School Of Public Health

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Former Saint Lucia Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Merlene Fredericks, is now an associate professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the New Jersey, USA based Rutgers School of Public Health.

The institution says Fredericks will play a central role in developing and launching the first fully online Master of Public Health degree offered by the school.

A release described the former Saint Lucia CMO as a seasoned public health leader.

Fredericks was the first female Chief Medical Officer of Saint Lucia who spent close to a decade overseeing the country’s public health response.

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In a glowing tribute upon her retirement as CMO, the Ministry of Health said her stint brought marked improvement in public health care.

The January 2020 tribute also stated that under her stewardship, the Ministry of Health successfully managed numerous outbreaks and public health emergencies, including the H1N1 influenza pandemic, dengue fever, zika, chikungunya, pertussis, and the threat of Ebola.

It described Fredericks as being passionate about maternal and child health, strengthening Saint Lucia’s programmes that address the needs of mothers and babies.

Perry N. Halkitis, the Rutgers School of Public Health Dean, said Fredericks is a ‘wonderful addition’ to the institution.



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  1. I hope they didn’t choose her to promote their work of pushing vaccine mandates. It might soon be part of the curriculum. Look how the American courts are fighting Biden real hard on his mandatory vaccine agenda. I am sure she was asked that question at the interview and her response pleased them.

  2. Congratularions Dr Merlin on your achivement u make us so proud . As a St Lucian even though we are small we can aim high. Lets continue to give thanks and praise to the Lord, for his blessings upon us.

  3. Congratulations Dr. Frederick keep Excelling. Next to follow will be Dr. Clark and Dr Belmar just as you have done an excellent work in the medical field so have the two has done.
    Let the haters stay and spread hate at our out standing doctors for their foolish reasons.

  4. Congratulation Ms. Frederick.

    Also Dr. Christal Harry, Assistant Dean of Rutgers University.

    Making St Lucian proud.

  5. Congratulations and best wishes on your achievement. The Caribbean has some gems who have a lot to offer to society both locally and globally. Peace and blessings.

  6. Congrats! My niece is the Assistant Dean of Rutgers (Newark Campus) Christal Harry…daughter of Merlene LaForce Harry

  7. First of all let me take the time off to congratulate this golden achievement. Well done my dear sister. What some people do not take into account the competitiveness in achieving this position at a New York/New Jersey elite university. I am certain there were many equally qualified people who applied for this position. With that said only this week I heard a talk show host and newspaper publisher on a midday show saying we as a people are not ready for the CCJ because it is all about friends, politicians and less about merit. Well I dear ask them how did this doctor lady get to the top at an Elite University????? Once again my dear sister from St Lucia congratulations and like Boo Hinkson said, “Show The World”

  8. I’m so impressed and proud of you Mrs Merline continue the good work you started.. make st Lucia proud . God is with you.. Congratulations..

  9. Congratulations madame…well deserve. St. Lucians criticising and down grading our very own whilst other countries embracing and praising what we have to offer. Many citizens leve the country for a better life because Lucians do no show appreciation for what they have. Freedom of speech.

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