Graduating out of The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus 2019/2020 is Dr. Roxanne Brizan-St. Martin, with a PhD in Economics with High Commendation.
Dr. Brizan-St. Martin who hails from the tiny village of Dehar, in the parish of St. David, Grenada is an Instructor with the Department of Economics, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and an Associate with the HEU, Centre for Health Economics.
She is a past student of Anglican High School (AHS) and the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).
She also worked at the Ministry of Health in Grenada prior to attending the University of the West Indies, where she obtained a BSc in Economics with a minor in International Relations and MSC in Economics with Distinction.
On her journey to attaining her doctorate, Dr. Brizan-St. Martin has had over ten (10) years of regional experience as a trained health and development economist specializing in health systems management, health financing and healthcare access options and challenges in the Caribbean.
She has executed health accounts estimation and training exercises in the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
She is also trained in local capacity advocacy and policy monitoring for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), gender statistics and gender equality, results-based project management, COVID-19 contact tracing and spatial econometrics.
Dr. Brizan-St. Martin’s dissertation is entitled, “Access to Healthcare in Island Dependents of Multi-island Microstates (MIMS) of the Eastern Caribbean-Case Study of Carriacou and Petite Martinique”.
It provided a multidisciplinary research and developmental framework aimed at strengthening healthcare access/systems.
Her research highlighted the importance of incorporating methodologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve data collection and management practices within our social space and environment to allow for more efficient resource use.
Dr. Brizan-St. Martin is passionate about development that is transdisciplinary, pro-poor and pro-people, which is articulated in the sustainomics framework – “making development more sustainable.”
In reflecting on her journey Dr. Brizan-St. Martin expressed appreciation to all those who supported her including her parents, Francis and Lauran Brizan who through their love, support, and sacrifices enabled this achievement to be as much theirs as it is hers.
Gratitude is also expressed to the staff of the Ministry of Health Grenada specifically Mrs. Angella Joseph and to Halim Brizan and team at the Central Statistics Office for all assistance provided in executing her thesis.