President’s Corner Message May-June 2020

Dear Members & Supporters:

Please continue to be vigilant and mindful of your well-being.  As a people, we’ve  come through many adversities, and hardships and “WE SHALL OVERCOME.”

Every day we’re alerted to actions we must take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this newsletter, we highlight four pieces of advice to allow us to   plan ahead, stay  healthy, stay spiritually strong, and to look out for others where we can. Specific actions we must take are:

  • Have medical directives in place 
  • Focus on diet and exercise to improve our immune systems   
  • Use our cultural heritage as a source of spiritual strength, courage, comfort, and inspiration
  • Where possible, help the Jamaican community locally and in Jamaica 

What’s happening with JNA during this period of social distancing? We continue to focus on staying connected to you by delivering our programs digitally. Jump to the JNA News section of this newsletter for the latest. Some highlights:  

  • May 31, 2020 electronic review of JNA’s Five-Year Strategic Plan
  • Leadership tips to students and the greater  community
  • Annual student scholarships updates
  • Mentorship bank  development for our scholarship awardees
  • Cancer prevention advocacy and charitable assistance
  • June’s National Caribbean American Heritage Month discussion on Jamaica’s strengths and weaknesses, and the role we in the diaspora can play

Lastly, we ask you to support local Jamaican businesses which are struggling from the sheltering in place impact of the pandemic. Our deep  gratitude goes out to our first line responders, many of whom are of Jamaican heritage. Please also remember that COVID-19 is an emerging rapidly evolving situation. Always get the latest public health information from the CDC



Elaine V. Knight, PhD, President, JNA

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