Online Program

Forgotten in Paradise

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

Johanna BERMUDEZ Ruiz, Filmmaker, Cane Bay Films, Kingshil USVI, PR
Sheds light on hundreds of Virgin Islanders who were sent off island in the 1940’s to St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington D.C., for mental health treatment. The current status of mental health services, social stigmatization, and the impact on the prison system are also captured in this hour-long feature film. The film interweaves heart-touching first hand accounts from individuals with mental illness, their families, mental health providers, and activists. It is the first film to tell the omitted story of those living with mental illness in the American Caribbean.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrates affect of U.S. Policies have on the U.S. Territories as it relates to mental health.

Keyword(s): Public health or related public policy, Advocacy for health and health education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an award-winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in filmmaking from Antioch College, Ohio. I am a writer, producer, and director of documentaries, films, and music videos. I am the owner of Cane Bay Films, LLC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.