The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA) is a 501(c) 3, non-profit membership organization, established since 1984. Alice Casimir and Jacqueline Dasque, two registered professional nurses practicing in Miami and other professionals, saw the need to establish an organization that would provide health care services to migrant workers in the Homestead, Florida area.
To provide nurses the opportunity to unite as a group, to share and provide ideas of interest, and to become effectively involved with the issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of communities in Florida and abroad.
HANA’s vision is to be recognized as a world class nursing organization nationally and internationally.
Currently, HANA comprises of 11 chapters in the United States:
- HANA of Florida
- HANA of Hudson Valley, New York
- HANA of Greater New York
- HANA of New Jersey
- HANA of Georgia
- HANA of Tampa, Florida
- HANA of Maryland
- HANA of Illinois
- HANA of Orlando, Florida
- HANA of Palm Beach County, Florida
- HANA of Garden State, New Jersey
HANA fosters awareness and commitment to providing excellent nursing services. Additionally, the organization strives to increase the enrollment of nursing students through education and mentoring opportunities as well as creating community-networking opportunities for its members. HANA continues to provide scholarships for students enrolled in local nursing schools and in Haiti. HANA has developed a teaching project initiative to send volunteer nurse educators to teach at Faculte des Science Infirmiere de Leogane (FSIL) in Haiti to raise the level of nursing care and promote quality patient care in order for the nurses to become effectively involved in the betterment of the healthcare system of Haiti.
The goals of the association are to:
- Provide Haitian nurses with the opportunity to share and promote the ideas of interest to nursing
- Become effectively involved in issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of the community in Florida.
HANA collaborates with other organizations to promote health and wellness through education and prevention by providing culturally sensitive care. HANA holds annual health fairs in the tri-County areas and as far away as Orlando and Immokalee by providing health screenings in a number of venues to underserved populations. HANA provides blood pressure and diabetes screening, immunization drives, educational programs on HIV/AIDS, Obesity in children, colorectal cancer prevention, women and heart disease, and healthy aging as well as other health concerns. HANA works in collaboration with several organizations including American Cancer Society, Walmart, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Miami Dade College, HCR ManorCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Project Medishare, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), Florida International University, Island TV, WRSF 1580 AM, Radio Mega 1700 AM, Miami Dade Area of Health (AHEC), Association des Medicins a L’Etranger (AMHE), HAL), Sant La, FANM, Community Access Center, local churches, and other organizations who are committed to help eliminate health disparities and to reshape the health care delivery system for citizens in Florida and in Haiti. HANA utilizes evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes and promote healthier communities.
H.A.N.A. Activities includes (but are not limited to)
- Organize, implement, and participate in international humanitarian medical missions.
- Provide annual scholarships to nursing students in US & Haiti.
- Help reduce health disparities among underserved population by promoting health maintenance using.
- Evidenced Based Practice Guidelines.
- Coordinate and implement Community Health Fairs.
- Foster Networking and Media Education through radio and television.
- Engage in Youth Focused Interventions.
- Participate in Emergency Response Teams and Disaster Relief Efforts.
- Organize Toys Drives.
- Engage in Research Activities by utilizing Evidenced Based Practice to help reduce health disparities.
- Develop mentorship program for Nursing students and new graduate nurses.
- Participate in immunization drives.
- Alice Casimir, RN
- Jacqueline Dasque, RN
- Fanchette Auguste, RN
- Marie-Maurice Anglin, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
- Mr. Alix Perrault
- Dr. Luc Jean-Baptiste Charlot
- Rita Charlot, RN
- Dr. Franklin Casthely