Dr Govia consults and works on initiatives that benefit from her visionary thinking and attention to detail.
Transparency and frankness are fundamental in her work with global partners on cross-country and cross-sector initiatives.
She is a passionate advocate for quality care for persons living with dementia and mental illness and their care network.
DAC-SP Flagship Project
The DAC-SP Flagship Projects focus on screening and early detection of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) as the first node for health system preparedness for AD. Jamaica is one of 7 sites selected for project implementation. A brief digital cognitive assessment was administered to persons 60 and older without a prior diagnosis of dementia. Read more at: https://www.davosalzheimerscollaborative.org/healthcare-system-preparedness
This work focused on the adaptation of an evidence-based programme for caregivers of persons living with dementia. Jamaican end-users of were trained virtually on the Emory-university developed Savvy Caregiver Program (SCP) for caregivers.
Living in Full Health (LIFE)
This project focused on extending a Caribbean- based cohort to promote US- Caribbean comparisons to facilitate research addressing black health disparities. Read more about the LIFE Project here.
The Caribbean and South America Team-based Strategy to Control Hypertension (CATCH) focuses on Colombia and Jamaica to explore a team-based care strategy for hypertension control in routine clinical settings. It is funded by the USA's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Read more at: https://uwi.edu/caihr/media/pg-nihhypertension.php
Strengthening Responses to Dementia in Developing Countries (STRiDE) was a multinational and multidisciplinary project which aimed to support the development, implementation and evaluation of national strategies on dementia care in developing countries. The funded period facilitated by the Research Council UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund and the London School of Economics and Political Science ended in March 2022. Read more at: https://www.stride-dementia.org/
Mindfulness in Hospitality and Tourism in LMICs
Mindfulness is a form of mental training that uses practices to bring attention to the present. Workplace mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) typically involve regular group training in mindfulness practices over a set period. This Wellcome Trust commissioned review focussed on the effectiveness of mindfulness interventions for supporting younger workers in hospitality and tourism in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Congregations Taking Action Against NCDs (CONTACT) seeks to explore the potential benefits of positioning congregation members to help tackle Non-communicable diseases, which cause more than 60% of deaths in the Caribbean. The project involves selection and training of 'Health Advocates' who are integrated into the healthcare pathway between the community and local health centres. It was funded by the Medical Research Council (UK).
Caribbean Foodscapes explored historical and epidemiological transitions in urban Caribbean diet trends. Based in Kingston, Jamaica, this project explored the ways in which cities impact the food practices and future health outcomes of their populations. It was funded by the Medical Research Council - Arts and Humanities Research Council - Global Public Health Partnership Award Scheme . Read more at: https://www.ecehh.org/research/caribbean-foodscapes/
The Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR) was a program of research committed to preventing non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries. The goal was to generate evidence on factors that lead to poor diet and physical inactivity, in addition to designing and evaluating interventions to change these factors. Read more at: https://www.gdarnet.org/