Background on Grenada

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Over the 2013 spring break, students will travel to the tri-island state of Grenada. There, they will engage in projects with a variety of topics and issues surrounding health in an island context.  The projects range from health education to developing a strategic plan regarding sickle cell anemia. In addition, students will interact and engage with public health organizations, tourist industry, local researchers and community-based organizations seeking to improve the health of the community.

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Grenada is a tri-island state

This field experience, sponsored by UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice  is in collaboration with Rohan Jeremiah, PhD, MPH, Paul B. Cornely Scholar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and St. George’s University.

Grenada is a tri-island state comprising the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique with a total land area of 133 sq. miles. It is the most southerly of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean. The island Grenada itself is the largest island; smaller Grenadines are Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Rhonde Island, Caille Island, Diamond Island, Large Island, Saline Island and Frigate Island. Most of the population lives on Grenada.

Grenada is a member of the British Commonwealth. It gained independence from the United Kingdom on February 7, 1974 and currently has a stable democratic political environment (Parliamentary democracy).

Photo of red tropical flowers in GrenadaThe climate is tropical (hot and humid). The most recent storms to make landfall on Grenada have been Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 and Hurricane Emily in July 2005.

Grenada’s population is approximately 104,890. About 89% of Grenada’s population is of African descent. An additional 8.2% are of mixed East Indian, African, and/or Caucasian ancestry, reflecting Grenada’s history of African slaves, East Indian indentured servants, and European settlers. An additional 2% of the population considers itself East Indian, which includes some descendents of the indentured servants brought to Grenada from 1857 to the 1890s, as well as immigrants arriving from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Indians since the 1970s.

Photo of city from above

A small community (less than 1% of the population) of the descendants of early European settlers resides in Grenada. About 60% of Grenada’s population is under the age of 25. English is the official language. A wide range of Christian denominations are present in Grenada, as well as a growing number of other religions. The economy of Grenada is based primarily upon services (tourism and education) and agricultural production (nutmeg and cocoa). 

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