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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2016

Commissioner Davis to Unveil New Technology 
for Healthier Mothers and Children in the Territory

On Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 am, in St. Croix and on Thursday, May 12, at 11:30 am in St. Thomas, Commissioner Nominee, Michelle S. Davis and, the USVI Maternal Child Health and Children With Special Care Needs Program, and St. Andrew Development will unveil a new interactive wellness kiosk and tablet program that provides important health information, especially for women. The unveiling will take place at the MCH Clinics respectively. 

The touch-screen kiosk and tablets provide a wide range of information on healthy eating as well as Cribs for Kids—an application that helps every baby sleep safer.

Topics under the Healthy Nutrition application include infant formula and baby foods, dairy and dairy substitutes, whole grains, beans and peanut butter as well as fruits, vegetables and juice. The information is designed specifically for women, infants and children. Cribs for Kids is an interactive program that can teach new and seasoned parents and caregivers how to put their infants to sleep safely. The kiosks and tablets also include a telephone number to connect the user with the Maternal Child Health Program and all of the services this department provides.

“Women are busy and these kiosks and tablets will provide a quick and interesting way to learn about infant and children healthy eating as well as sleep safety,” stated Dr. Davis, a former maternal and child health director in both DC and Philadelphia. “The first step toward wellness is education and these kiosks and tablets will provide our easy access to important health information.”

The kiosk design is similar to that of an automated teller machine. Health information is provided in a manner that serves multiple reading abilities for easy comprehension and recollection. The touch-screen technology attracts visitors and allows for the information to be provided in both audio and visual formats to appeal to the broader audience.

“The US Virgin Islands Department of Health is proud to be offering this service in St. Thomas and St. Croix," said Commissioner Nominee Davis. “We feel that this program will be instrumental in educating women on infant and child nutrition as well as infant sleep safety."

The Maternal Child Health and Children with Special Health Care Needs Program has been in the Virgin Islands for over 40 years. Their mission is to provide clients and the community they serve with accessible family-centered health services that promote the well-being of children and families in an environment that is inviting, courteous, respectful and values patient confidentiality. 

For more information on the Healthy Nutrition or Cribs for Kids applications or the Maternal and Child Health & Children with Special Health Care Needs Program, please call 340-718-1311 (St. Croix Office in Christiansted) or 340-777-8804 (St. Thomas/St. John Office in St. Thomas). 

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