Friday, May 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (EST)

The Healthy Life Course Unit of the Family, Health Promotion and Life Course Department, of the Pan American Health ORganization (PAHO/WHO) organized a Webinar in commemoration of the International Day of the Family to discuss Family Wellness and resilience in the time of COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities to strengthen families in the context of COVID-19. This session was in English.

Objective(s) of the meeting: 
  • To reinforce the important role of families in health and wellbeing across the life course
  • To call attention to the impact of COVID-19 on families, and
  • To generate/contribute to a regional dialogue on how national authorities and communities can help families cope in a positive way with the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Brief synthesis of the topics: 



  • Opening - Dr. Sonja Caffe
  • Introduction - Andrés de Francisco
  • Video Familias Fuertes
  • Family wellness and resilience - Betzy Butron
  • Challenges and opportunities to strengthen families in the context of COVID-19 - Shelisa Martin Clarke
  • Summary of key point and introduction of discussion - Dr. Sonja Caffe
  • Panel discussion - Moderator and presenters
  • Closing - Moderator
Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 
  • Andrés de Francisco – Department Director, Family, Promotion and Life Course (FPL), PAHO
  • Betzy Butron, Regional Child Health Advisor PAHO
  • Shelisa Martin Clarke – Permanent Secretary Saint Kitts & Nevis
family health, COVID-19, family wellness and resilience
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