Important Chamber of Commerce and Department of Health event to discuss
Vaccination strategies and cancer prevention in Puerto Rico

A large number of medical and health experts will participate in the event to discuss challenges and best practices

June 20, San Juan, PR –The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) announced the celebration of an event, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Health, focused on the discussion of best practices and challenges facing the Island to promote vaccination and prevention of diseases such as cancer on the Island.

“The crisis in health systems caused by the pandemic highlighted the importance of health strategies for vaccination and prevention of diseases, including cancer,” said the new president of the CCPR, Lcdo. Ramón Pérez Blanco. “The discussion of these issues is of vital importance for citizens and the private sector, since the health of our population is closely related to the quality of life and therefore to economic development,” added the business leader.

Topics to be discussed at the forum include an update on the island’s epidemiological profile, offered by Melissa Marzán, the Department of Health’s chief epidemiology officer. The agenda will also include a presentation of vaccination strategies by the Department’s chief medical officer, Dr. Iris Cardona; and lessons learned and best practices for employers and academic institutions by leaders of the health sector together with Ms. Evelyn Rivera García, Director of the Nursing Program, Department of Education of Puerto Rico. Updates will also be offered on cancer prevention strategies in Puerto Rico, as well as challenges and opportunities in the cancer supply and treatment program and the latest trends in the use of BioSimilars and innovation in the treatment of chronic diseases.

Epidemiological profiles provide an overview of the health status of a population. They help identify the distribution of diseases and their risk factors in a population, which is essential for developing effective public health policies and programs. “Epidemiological data are used to monitor trends in disease incidence and prevalence over time and to evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions. The epidemiological profiles and data presented at the event are critical to understanding the health needs of our population, improving public policy and evidence-based public health programs,” explained Luis E. Pizarro-Otero, Esq. LLM, president-elect of the CCPR and president of the institution’s Health Committee.

The forum “Good practices and challenges: vaccination and cancer prevention and treatment in Puerto Rico” will take place this Thursday, June 22, 2023 at the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde, starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 4:30 PM. Those interested in more information about him can contact 787-721-6060, extension 2241 or write to the email You can also access the portal of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico on the Internet:


Media contact:
Karen Garnik, APR



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