Deborah Chen's Appointment to WHF Board

Published: Thu, Jul 22nd 2010, 00:00

KINGSTON, Jamaica ….. Monday, 06 July 2010, For the first time in its history Jamaica is being represented on the board of the World Heart Federation. Mrs. Deborah Chen, Executive Director of The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (The HFJ) was appointed Vice President elect of The World Heart Federation’s twenty member board at the World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Session in Beijing, China on June 16, 2010.

Mrs. Chen has worked extensively in the field of cardiovascular disease throughout her years at The HFJ and has sat on several international committees. Affiliations with international bodies include her positions as Secretary to the Board of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF), Chairman of the IAHF Emergency Cardiac Care Committee, Board member on The National Resuscitation Council of Jamaica and Project Director for the Caribbean Tobacco Control Project, a member of the National Tobacco Control Committee and a member of the Lions Club of Kingston, which founded The Heart Foundation of Jamaica in 1971.

Mrs. Chen is married to James Chen and has two sons Nicholas and Zachary. She is a past student of the Holy Childhood High School in Kingston and a registered nurse who has completed a post registration course in the intensive care of heart patients. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in public health at the UWI.