Global Public Health


PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

Document Type


Publication Date



Diseases | Public Health

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

The Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean. The arc of Caribbean islands begins off the coast of Florida and extends all the way to South America. When the Revised Organic Act of 1954 was established, the United States Congress declared the U.S. Virgin Islands to be an unincorporated territory of the United States. The Virgin Islands government consist of three branches that are known as Judicial, Executive , and Legislative branch. There are some major challenges in Virgin Islands. Some of them are: several hurricanes in recent years, frequent and severe droughts and floods, and occasional earthquakes. With that being said the most severe challenge is heart disease and stroke. Over 80 percent of Virgin Islanders report having at least one major risk factor for heart disease. Heart disease symptoms can be easy to notice. They include shortness of breath, irregular heart beats, a faster heartbeat, weakness or dizziness, nausea, or sweating. This short report will discuss general information about the Virgin Islands, and also give one insight on heart disease in the Virgin Islands.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.