Monday, November 16, 2009 - Jasmin Shirley, VP of CHS, is Guest Speaker at Grand Bahama Red Rose Ball

Jasmin Shirley, vice president of Community Health Services for Broward Health, was the guest speaker at the recent 10th annual Red Rose Ball in Grand Bahama.  The ball is one of the largest charity events in the Bahamas with proceeds benefiting the Grand Bahama AIDS Awareness Committee.

“It is important to remind people that HIV/AIDS has not gone away and there are many things still to be done,” said Shirley, who is a renowned international advocate on HIV/AIDS education and treatment.  “Educating the public about HIV/AIDS is cost effective and critical in the reduction of new infections,” continued Shirley.  “It is an honor for me to be included in bringing AIDS awareness throughout Grand Bahama.”  Shirley was also the guest of honor at the 2008 Red Rose Ball in Freeport Grand Bahama where she delivered an inspiring message to the committee’s Prevention Now Campaign. 

The theme of this year’s gala was Take the Lead:  Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise, was held at the Radisson at Our Lucaya, and featured top dignitaries from Grand Bahama including Bahamian General Counsel to Atlanta, Katherine Smith; United States Ambassador, Ms. Nicole A. Avant; and past United States Ambassador, Mr. John Rood. 

Shirley has more than 25 years experience in healthcare administration and has held numerous leadership positions with health-related committees including serving as the chairperson for the 2006 and 2007 March of Dimes WalkAmerica, and being named one of the Top Ten Women in Medicine in the State of Florida, . She is widely recognized as an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and has served on several HIV/AIDS organizations including the South Florida AIDS Network-Broward, HIV/AIDS Planning Council, Florida Community Prevention Planning Group, and Broward Community Planning Partnership.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit,

Red Rose Ball Committee member Minerva Kemp (L) presents a handcrafted replica of the Taj Mahal to Guest Speaker Jasmin Shirley.