Bringing Morabeza to Medicine

Cabo Verdean American Medical Society
Program Description:

Participants will gain an understanding of the healthcare delivery system and the social and economic factors affecting the health of Cabo Verdeans.  Through interactive presentations and discussions by CVAMS members, the audience will learn about various topics in surgery, cardiology, preventative care, oncology, palliative care, mental health, and education.  In a concurrent mental health symposium participants will gain an understanding of trauma informed care.   Attendees will be able to formulate goals to help improve health outcomes in Cabo Verde and the diaspora.

Learning Objective:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the unique causes of morbidity and mortality in Cabo Verde and the diaspora.
  2. List specific challenges identified by the CVAMS teams in the areas of cardiology, preventive medicine, surgery, and mental health. 
  3. Use the experiences and data from the recent scientific exchange to identify opportunities for future collaborations and enhance public health priorities and building sustainable infrastructure.
  4. Acquire tools to practice trauma informed care in a clinical setting.  Realize the importance of client-provider relationship building to support healing.
  5. Identify the signs of burn-out and accumulative stress in one’s self and others. Create a self-care plan through an interactive workshop.
  6. Identify implicit bias and build awareness as they relate to delivering trauma informed care.
  7. Recognize the significance of colonial trauma, immigration, assimilation, colorism, family separation and classism.

Target Audience:
This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioner, nurses, psychologists, physician assistants, social workers, other members of the healthcare team, and community members.

CME Accreditation:
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Mass General Brigham and Cabo Verdean American Medical Society. Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation:

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 7.00 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


7.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits are awarded.

Social Work
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mass General Brigham is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Mass General Brigham maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 7.00 continuing education credit.

Available credit

7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
7.00 Nursing Contact Hours
7.00 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
7.00 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers

For More Information, Contact: 

MGB Office of Continuing Professional Development 
399 Revolution Drive STE 995Somerville, MA 02145
[email protected]

Conference Planning Committee and Faculty


Doreen Defaria Yeh, MD
Associate Director, MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease ProgramCo-Director, MGH Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Program
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

Madelaine Tully, MD
Family Physician, 
Progressive Community Health Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Julio Teixeira, MD, FACS, President of CVAMS
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northwell Health
New York 

Patricia Andrade, MD
Physician, General Surgeon
Taunton and Fall River, MA

Elizabeth Gomes, DO
Jenks Park Pediatrics Women and Infant’s Hospital through Care New England
Central Falls, RI | Providence, RI

Maria Fatima Barros, RN, MSN
(Retired) Volunteer many communities’ health & advisory committees, RI Department of Health Advisory Boards
Providence RI 03906

Rosilda James Psy D
Clinical Psychologist
Alves Psychotherapy
Walnut Creek, CA

Samora Miguel Cardoso Lopes

Clinical Research Sub-investigator
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care And Pain Medicine
Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Maya Spencer MD
Atrius Health
Braintree, MA

Susan Weinberg, MD, FACR
Founder Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care
Past Director Trihealth Radiology,  Cincinnati
Rad Partners—SEAL Tea

Lyla Blake MD, MPH
Community Health Center of Cape Cod
Falmouth, MA

Kimberly Coto, LICSW, MSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, New Bedford, MA


Patrice Alves, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Christus Health San Antonio, TX

Paulo R. Pina, MD, MPH
Network Pediatric Medical Director
Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Brooklyn, NY

Neusa Araujo, MHC, DMT
Clinician, MATCH, DMH Program
Pine Street INN
Boston, MA

Leny Dias-Cunha, MD
Resident, Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center

Hirondina Borges, MD
Agostinho Neto University Hospital. Praia, Cabo Verde

Octavio Borges, MD
Consultant, US Military
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH

Adriano Cabral, MEd, CAGS
CEO, Inclusion Family Center, Inc.
Brockton, MA

Samantha Deandrade, MD, MPH
Fellow, Urogynecology. Los Angeles, CA

Luis Manuel Dias Andrade, MD
Physician, Agostinho Neto University Hospital

David Earle, MD, FACS
Director, NEHC;
Associate Professor of Surgery,
Tufts University School of Medicine;
Medical Advisor,
Western Mass Region of the National Ski Patrol

Oyere K. Onuma, MD
Director of the Global Cardiovascular Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Cardiology Division and the Corrigan Minehan Heart C.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate director for Health Equity

Isabel Lopes, MD
Mad River Community Hospital Open Door Community Health Center Providence Redwood Memorial Hospital
Arcata, CA | Eureka, CA | Fortuna, CA

Antonio Mendes, MD
Medical Director
Mendes Medical Associates
Norwood, MA

Robert M. Teixeira, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Danielson Pereira Barreto da Veiga, MD
President, Order of Physicians, Cabo Verde
Chair of Surgery Hospital Agostinho Neto

Nicholas E Tawa Jr MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cell Biology)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

Nivia Vieira, MSc

Nutritionist – Assistant Director of Health Care Partnership, Project Bread, East Boston, MA

Idalina S. Afopa, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Veterans Health Administration,
Bronx New York Queens
Medical Center, Manhattan, New York, NY

Nancy DeSousa, PhD, MPH
Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Brown University, Providence, RI

Maritsa Barros, EdD, MS
University Lecturer and Business Owner
Tufts University & Senavision, MA

Carla Barbosa, MD
National Program Coordinator for Oncology
Ministry of Health, Cabo Verde

Aminah Pilgrim, PhD
Associate Professor, Berkley College of Music
Sr. Lecturer, Umass Boston

Carlos Semedo, MS. M.Ed., LMHC
Psychotherapist, Mental Health Clinic, Brockton, MA

Valéria Semedo, MD

Physician, Agostinho Neto University Hospital
Coordinator, HAN – Palliative C.
Member, African Asso. for Palliative Care
Lecturer, University of Cape Verde – Nursing Chair,
Disability Verification Commission of the National Social Security Institute (INPS). Cabo Verde

Jason Sherer, MD, MPH

Physician, Cardiology
St. Francis Heart Center, Rockville Centre, NY

Darlene Spencer
Program Officer/Board President
Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford

Francisco Borges
Partner. & Chairman. Secondaries – Ares Landmark Partners

Joseph Gomes, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician
Memorial Hospital West Pembroke, FL

Merrian Brooks, DO, M
Attending Pediatrician/Adolescent Medicine Specialist
Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Kimberly Coto, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, New Bedford, MA

Anibal Melo, MD
Nephrology St Luke’s Hospital St Louis MO

Djanira Fernandes, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Tim Johnson, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins

Elisa Cabral, MS
Inclusion Family Center

Claudia Fontes, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Roberto Pineda, MD
Thomas Y and Clara W Butler Chair in Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Gabriella Spinola
Chief Marketing Officer, CMO, WeCare 365 AFC

Luis Spencer Barros, Lecturer
MIT Sloan School of Management

Roberto Amado MD, South Shore Hospital,
South Weymouth, MA

John Barros
Former Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston

8:00 AM Introductions
Patricia Andrade, MD – Master of the Ceremony

8:15 Remarks by CV Minister of Health
Filomena Mendes Gonçalves, JD

8:30 Welcome by Cabo Verdean Doctors
Danielson Veiga MD, Valeria Semedo MD,
Luis Manuel Dias Andrade MD, Herondina Borges MD, Carla Barbosa MD

8:40 CVAMS Presidential Keynote: A Quest for Healthcare Equity in Cabo Verde & the Diaspora
Julio Teixeira, MD

Educational & Cultural Exchange: Team Reports Moderator: Patricia Andrade, MD

9:00 Cardiology
Doreen DeFaria Yeh, MD

9:20 Primary Care/Pediatrics/Nephrology
Isabel Lopes, MD

9:40 Surgery
Patricia Andrade, MD

10:00 Mental Health
Adriano Cabral, MEd., CAGS

10:20 Palliative Care
Fatima Maria Barros, RN

10:30 Coffee Break

10:40 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Madelaine Tully, MD
Anibal Melo MD, Paulo Pina MD, David Earle MD, Jason Sherer MD, Nivia Vieira RD, Adriano Cabral, MEd., CAGS, Idalina Suzanne Afopa APN; Maria Fatima Barros RN, MSN

Outcomes Research in the Cape Verdean Diaspora

11:10 What We Learned from Our Scientific Exchange: Data from CVAMS
Patricia Andrade, MD
Isabel Lopes MD, Merrian Brooks DO, MS, Oyere K. Onuma MD, David Earle MD

11:30 Perspectives on Hypertension in the New England Cape Verdean Community
Samantha Deandrade, MD, MPH (Recorded)

11:40 Health Care Disparities in Our Community:
The Need for Outcomes Research
Leny Dias-Cunha MD, Djanira Fernandes MD

11:50 Discussion/Q&A

12:00 PM Lunch & Networking

Identifying and Addressing the needs of Cabo Verdeans in the Diaspora
Chair: Chair: Elizabeth Gomes, DO

1:00 Mental Health in the Diaspora
Adriano Cabral, Med., CAGS

Mental Health Breakouts -Potts
(see next page for agenda)

1:20 Perspectives on the Cabo Verdean Experience in Brockton
Aminah Pilgrim, PhD

1:40 Health & Disease in Minority Communities in Massachusetts: The Case of CV
John Barros

2:00 Panel: Challenges & Opportunities – Working within the CV Community
Chair: Patrice Alves, MD

Gabriella Spinola, Elizabeth Gomes DO, Antonio Mendes MD, Nivia Vieira RD, Maria Fatima Barros RN, MSN, Darlene Spencer

Developing healthcare capacity in Cabo Verde to diagnose and treat Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

2:40 Principles of Conscientious Global Healthcare Oyere K. Onuma, MD

3:00 Advancing Cardiovascular Care in Cabo Verde Doreen DeFaria Yeh MD, Oyere K. Onuma MD & Luis Dias Andrade, MD

3:20 Facilitating Cancer Screening & Treatment in Cabo Verde
Patricia Andrade MD, Carla Barbosa MD, Nicholas Tawa MD, Herondina Borges MD

3:50 Palliative care in Cabo Verde: plans for the future by Valeria Semedo MD

4:00 Advancing Cataract Surgery in Cabo Verde
Roberto Pineda, MD

4:15 Break

Topics in Developing a First Response & Emergency Care Infrastructure in Cabo Verde

4:25 What are the Challenges of Emergency Medicine in Cabo Verde
Joseph Gomes DO
Danielson Veiga MD, Tim S. Johnson MD, Claudia Fontes MD, Robert Teixeira MD, Julio Teixeira MD

4:45 Wrap Up & Saturday Preface
Patricia Andrade, MD

Mental Health Breakout Room

Potts Conference Room

Trauma Informed Care

1:40 Introduction
Maritsa Barros, EdD, MS

2:00 Historical Context:
Adriano Cabral, MEd., CAGS,
Carlos Semedo LMHC

Dissection of the significance of colonial trauma, immigration, assimilation, colorism, family separation and classism

Overview of domestic violence, sexual abuse, substance abuse, depression, suicide, homicide and gang violence in Cabo Verde and the Diaspora

Defining Trauma Informed Care

2:30 Table Topic Discussions

Participants will start at their table of choice and
have the opportunity to engage in multiple topic discussions. Every ten minutes a new round of discussions will begin for participants to join.
(4-5 rounds)

3:30 Therapeutic Approaches and Healing Practices for Cape Verdean Communities
Elisa Cabral MS, Kimberly Coto LISCW, Adriano Cabral MEd, CGAS

4:00 Q&A

4:45 Closing Circle Activity
Maritsa Barros, EdD, MS

Day 2: Saturday, October 7, 2023

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast at the Hotel

Panel Discussions & Breakout Sessions

9:00 Creating the Vision:
Transforming it into Action
Speaker: Francisco Borges

9:00 – 11:00 Self Care Workshop: Identify the signs of burn-out and accumulative stress in oneself and others.
Potts Conference Room

Neusa Araujo & Carlos Semedo LMHC

9:10 What is the Value of Mission Trips?

Joao Tavares MD
Roberto Pineda MD, David Earle MD, Carla C. Moreira MD, Anibal Melo MD, Daniel Monteiro MD, João Spencer MD, Alecia Rodrigues

10:10 What is the Value of Donations?

Octavio Borges MD
Maria Fatima Barros RN, MSN, Patricia Andrade MD,
Luis Manuel Dias Andrade MD, Luis Spencer Barros, Roberto Amado MD, Patrice Alves MD

10:40 How Do We Integrate Medical Education?

Doreen DeFaria Yeh, MD
Danielson Pereira Barreto da Veiga MD, Julio Teixeira MD, Valeria Semedo MD, Nancy De Sousa PhD MPH, Nicholas Tawa MD, Hirondina Borges MD

11:10 Introduction to Working Groups
Julio Teixeira, MD

11:30 Closing Remarks
Patricia Andrade MD, Julio Teixeira MD,
Doreen DeFaria Yeh MD

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