I-TECH, University of Washington Announces Launch of Independent Local Regional Office – Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH)
December 18, 2020

I-TECH, University of Washington Announces Launch of Independent Local Regional Office – Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH)

Kingston, Jamaica — Effective October 1, 2020 the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH), officially launched independent operations, in Kingston, expanding over 17 years of healthcare programming within Jamaica and the region. C-TECH holds strong expertise in implementing innovative HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes and has now broadened its scope to combat COVID-19 among key populations and support the fight against chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

C-TECH previously operated as the Caribbean office for the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, to support the development of a skilled health workforce and well-organized national health services. Therefore, the organization’s high-calibre team of professionals has gained unparalleled experience working with local and regional partners in government, academia and civil society to support strong health systems.   

C-TECH’s leadership includes Executive Director Natalie Irving-Mattocks along with Chairman and Senior Technical Clinical Advisor Dr. Clive Anderson. On the official launch of the local entity Ms. Irving-Mattocks said “this is a game-changer. Our team is equipped and ready to move into this next chapter, to deepen our local relationships, expand our reach throughout the Caribbean, and build on our commitment to support access to high quality health care for the region’s most vulnerable”. 

To support its administrative structure C-TECH has adopted and adapted I-TECH’s robust financial and administrative policies, procedures, and systems to successfully administer and manage complex international grants from diverse funding sources, including Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), the Global Fund and United States Government funding agencies. Notably, the C-TECH team has managed funds from the President Emergency Funds for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in excess of US$32 million to support Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources for Health in the Caribbean region. 

In the past year alone, three other I-TECH offices in Haiti, India, and Zimbabwe, have successfully launched local organizations, signaling I-TECH’s bedrock commitment to transition, sustainability, and country ownership to promote and significantly contribute to the promotion of preventive health issues. 


Joining Forces to Tackle NCDs!

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) team of Consultants had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, on July 14, 2023. Joined by his NCD team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we discussed the Caribbean Development Bank funded Caribbean Moves project. This initiative aims to improve the health of the Caribbean region and combat non-communicable diseases. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative efforts!

A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 

It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.

Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:

  • Seek for clarity instead of trying to convince yourself of what others are thinking
  • Refrain from personalisation, not everything mentioned is a direct attack on you
  • Invest in self care
  • Set limits
  • Proper nutrition
  • Connect with people

We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout. 

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here is how you can accomplish work life balance

At work    

  • Set manageable goals each day. 
  • Be efficient with your time at work. 
  • Take five. 
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Give yourself a break. 

         At Home

  • Don’t over commit. 
  • Get support. 
  • Stay active. 
  • Treat your body right. 
  • Get help if you need it. 

Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.


Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region. 


With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.

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