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A recent report by University of the Virgin Islands researchers, the Community Needs Assessment, said there is a waiting list for Medicaid-backed dental care on St. Croix that is 4,000 people long.
Faye John-Baptiste, RN, and Dr. Olivine Treasure both remember 1999 as the turn-around year for St. Croix families. That summer, the Juan F. Luis Hospital welcomed a neonatologist to its staff, and things began to change fast, contributing to what is one of the big success stories in V.I. health care.
Sheldon A. Turnbull, a member of the V.I. Horse Racing Commission, told lawmakers Tuesday that the commission is dysfunctional. Members of the Legislature's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks, and Recreation had even less complimentary terms to describe the commission after Tuesday's hearing.
While the invasive lionfish has inspired hundreds of search and destroy missions in Virgin Islands waters and off the East Coast of the U.S., it has also attracted the attention of artisans and inventors outside the regions.
The V.I. health care system is much better than it was 20 or 30 years ago, practitioners say, but there is still room for improvements.
You may never have heard of an organization called Météo-France, but it just signed an agreement that could result in enhanced warnings for the Virgin Islands as the 2016 hurricane season prepares to ramp up.
After years of meetings, a lawsuit and a consent decree, advocates for mental health services are taking a new approach. They're urging those with mental illness and their families to speak up for themselves.