Assemblyman Dr. Faith B.Yisrael
Belle Garden/ Glamorgan
Dr. Faith B.Yisrael (formerly Faith Brebnor), has a Bachelors degree (BSc) in Neuroscience, and Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees in Behavioural and Community Health Sciences. She has extensive experience in qualitative research, policy development, wellness related programming, health communications, and professional writing.
She adjunct lectured at various tertiary institutions in Tobago in the areas of Epidemiology, Research, Medical Ethics, Medical Terminology, Psychology, Social Science Research and a myriad of Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Health courses. She is a Life Skills facilitator and writes a weekly Health and Wellness column for the “Newsday – Tobago” newspaper.
Dr. B.Yisrael’s doctoral dissertation was entitled “This is Tobago” – Social and Cultural ‘Influencers’ of HIV Infections in Tobago.” This body of research reviewed, using qualitative methodologies, the factors that positively and negatively affected HIV prevention, treatment and care in Tobago, making recommendations for improved policies, programmes, and projects. Her Masters thesis also involved the evaluation of an HIV/AIDS Programme in a rural district of Tanzania Africa, making recommendations for improving such.
Before pursuing consulting full time, Dr. B.Yisrael was employed as the Policy and Research Officer at the then Division of Health and Social Services, Tobago House of Assembly. In this capacity, she served as the Technical Lead (and project manager) of the process that resulted in the production of the Tobago Health Needs Assessment 2012 and the Division of Health and Social Services Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
She was the Tobago House of Assembly’s representative on the “Breaking the Silence” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Crisis and Post Crisis Situations” projects, and the National Children’s Registry and the National Parenting Policy Committees. She was the United Nations’ (PAHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, etc.) focal point for several projects including the “Implementing Quality Care For Chronic Conditions” project.
Dr. B.Yisrael has extensive Research (using primarily qualitative methods), Policy development, and Monitoring and Evaluation experience. She has experience in developing culturally appropriate Health and Social Welfare programmes, to include lectures, brochures, “edu-tainment” infomercials, and other health education products. Her consulting experience includes conducting the Child Protection Mapping and Assessment for Trinidad and Tobago; and being an examiner for the Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (PROCCER).
Her philanthropic work includes being the founder of Imani bet Knesset Foundation, and organization that implemented a PEPFAR funded “Living Positively With HIV” project, and a support group for families dealing with fertility issues. Dr. B.Yisrael is also a political advocate.