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HANA Newsletter – January 22, 2022 – Volume 16, Issue 1

On behalf of HANA’s Board of Directors, I would like to convey my gratitude and appreciation to all HANA members for their resilience as we are facing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Resilience clearly de nes the nurses’ ability to face these stressful situations while deepening their continuous optimism for the future. I command all HANA members, and other healthcare workers for their selflessness and dedicated services as heroes on the front lines during this crisis. I acknowledge the unwavering sacrifice to care for their patients in the emergency rooms, intensive care units, and other settings while jeopardizing their own health by being exposed daily to the virus and thereby compromising their families. Furthermore, being separated from loved ones while managing isolated COVID-19 patients and their families, I am still amazed at the courage found by HANA Members who continuously serve their local communities and abroad.

During this pandemic, I learn to appreciate and enjoy life while cherishing my relationships with others amid these uncertain times, and what life will bring in the coming years. Moreover, I became more humble because COVID-19 does not spare age, gender, race, education, wealth, and national origins. I realize the importance of adding human kindness to resiliency while caring for others, our families, and ourselves. I also created a work-life balance that allowed me more quality time with my family, while continuing to dedicate myself to the service of others in the community. I take this opportunity to encourage you to value life, develop meaningful relationships with others; protect yourself, care for your mental health, and practice self-care.

Despite this difficult and challenging season, we strive to meet our goals and objectives. Our accomplishments include: Education and multiple COVID-19 testing and vaccination drives in the community in collaboration with Keeping the Faith to Fight COVID-19 grant sponsored by the Health Foundation of South Florida; Annual retreat from June 17 to 20, 2021 in Cape Canaveral; Increase member engagement in the affairs of HANA; Signi cant increase in membership affiliation; Successful and productive Earthquake Humanitarian Disaster relief efforts/mission in the southern region of Haiti during the post-earthquake in collaboration with Haitian Alliance Nurses Association International (HANA-I), Man Dodo Foundation and Haitian American Pharmacists Association (HAPA); Increase the capacity of “Koze Sante” educational program on radio and Television (TV); Participation in the HANA-I emergency trip to Texas to assist the distressed Haitian migrants; and lastly, Acquisition of a larger office granted by the City of North Miami Beach. We proudly demonstrated a commitment to dedicating ourselves to lifesaving work within the mission and vision of HANA. Special thanks to the Miami Foundation, Morehourse School of Medicine, National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) and United Front for supporting HANA Koze Sante Radio and TV Shows.

In short, my dear HANA leaders and members, I highly regard your challenging work, collaboration, and relationship with each other within the organization. Thank you very much for your resiliency in serving our community.

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HIV STD Screening Awareness - HANA

Health Education Sessions

Come visit us for free health education sessions on chronic disease and free screenings on blood pressure, blood sugar, etc with HANA of Florida. Special thanks to Alive & Well Community Partners for providing free HIV Screenings and other resources for participating individuals,

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at HANA’s office.


A day of gratitude, community service, empathy and compassion for Migrant Workers and Families in Immokalee, Florida

A day of gratitude, community service, empathy and compassion for Migrant Workers and Families in Immokalee, Florida

A day of gratitude, community service, empathy and compassion for Migrant Workers and Families in Immokalee, Florida with the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA), in collaboration with Global Village Impact, Inc., Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) and Global Innovative Foundation. Over 300 families were served with food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, toys for children, school supplies, and education on COVID-19 prevention. Masks and hand sanitizers were provided to participants. Special thanks to Maranatha Baptist Church Leader – Pastor Patrick St. Lot and congregation for hosting HANA and all the people in Immokalee and volunteers who participated. “I am glad we were able to help our brothers and sisters who are in dire need”, said Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, President of HANA of Florida.

This event was made possible with the participation of HANA Board Members: Katiana Blaise, MSNEd, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, Secretary, Nancy Henri, MSNEd, APRN, RN, Assistant Treasurer, Dr. Marie Etienne, Past President of HANA of Florida, President of HANA-I, Chair of Legislative Affairs & Public Relations as well as the coordinator for the day of service in Immokalee, and the two volunteers from Global Village Impact, Inc, Mr. Laron Yeah & Jamal Philipps, Mr. Jean Daniel Vicent and Mr. Marc Arthur Philippe-Auguste who also volunteered. A huge thanks to Mrs. Derby Johnson who donated clothes, school supplies, toys, sheets and pillows. Dr. Basil Phillips, President/CEO of Global Village Impact, Inc. and Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Chairwoman of HAPC & Team for sponsoring the event.


Island of Haiti

HANA Extends Its Deepest Sympathy

The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. would like to expressing their sincere condolences to President Jovenel Moise’s family and the citizens of Haiti.

We are saddened by this horrific news and we are praying for the families, the people of Haiti, the entire country, and for the swift recovery of First Lady Martine Moise.

Our Deepest Sympathy!

HANA 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala on April 17, 2021

HANA 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala on April 17, 2021

Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA) cordially invites you to its 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala (Hybrid). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be in a Hybrid format with a small live audience where all CDC recommendations will be observed, and a virtual audience as well. This year’s theme is “HANA: Leading, Excelling, and Innovating beyond limits.”

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HANA’s Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala is for a worthy cause in raising funds to continue the great work done in the community locally and abroad as well as raising funds to support future nurses of all educational levels. Do not miss this spectacular event full of fun, music, and special guests throughout the night.
Every financial contribution is tax-deductible as HANA is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization registered in the State of Florida.
If you have any questions or need to contact us for any reason, please email us at or call us at 305-609-7498.
Thank you in advance for your support.

A Haitian American Legacy of Caring

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Pictured left to right: First President and Founder of HANA of Florida, Alice Casimir; First Lady of the Republic of Haiti, Madame Sophia Martelly; and HRSA’s CDR Gettie Audain, representing her mother, Georgette Audain, 2nd HANA president and co-founder.

For HRSA’s Gettie Audain, nursing runs in the family.

The daughter of a Certified Nurse Midwife who emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1964, CDR Audain of HAB recently accepted an award on behalf of her mother, Georgette — recognizing her leadership of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA).
From 1987-89, Georgette Audain was the second president of the organization, which she had helped to establish just a few years before.

The organization grew over 30 years to 800 members across five U.S. chapters. Its national and global efforts to provide disaster services and nursing care, outreach and education, continue to aid Haitians “throughout the Diaspora.”

HANA members serve patients “when there is no one (else) there to translate for them, talk to them (in their own language), and care for them,” explained CDR Audain, currently serving in HAB’s Division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs.

It was her mother’s example that led her to serve in Haiti following the disastrous 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people, injured over 300,000 more and left 1.5 million homeless.

When she was a child, Audain’s parents insisted that she and her brothers speak only French in their Brooklyn, N.Y. home. She practiced Haitian Creole with patients at a clinic in Miami’s Little Haiti.

That early language proficiency paid off later in her professional life. As a nurse for the Dade County Health Department and Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, aiming “to eradicate drug-resistant Tuberculosis” and prevent the spread of HIV infection,
CDR Audain “worked in the trenches.”

With a Master of Healthcare Science Administration degree from Florida International University, Georgette Audain’s constant willingness “to give of her time, talent and knowledge” gave her “an incredible ability to influence change” as a HANA leader,
her daughter said.

During the awards ceremony — which Georgette Audain could not attend due to illness — CDR Audain acknowledged her mother’s intense pride in HANA’s contributions to the health care system of Haiti, in providing scholarships to nurses there, and for being instrumental in the formation of the country’s first Board of Nursing.

Both mother and daughter are grateful for “purpose-driven careers,” said CDR Audain.