As we approach the end of 2015, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of a very busy year. The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA), Inc. is extremely blessed to have dedicated members, advisers, and supporters who work tirelessly to keep the legacy of the association alive. It has indeed been an extraordinary year for us. On behalf of HANA, it is with great pleasure that I wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season.
HANA has been very visible in the community and abroad. We have been working on advocating for our nurses. It is unfortunate that a month ago, a healthcare agency in New York decided to place a discriminatory advertisement in a newspaper for LPNs and RNs, boldly stating “No Haitians”. HANA took a clear stand against this offensive ad and demanded a full investigation and substantial penalty levied against this corporate perpetrator of hate. The media was made aware of our disappointment and we are now expecting a thorough investigation to be conducted by the Department of Justice concerning this civil rights violation. We displayed solidarity with our sister HANA chapters in combating racism to positively effect change.
In an effort to increase our visibility and continue marketing our brand, HANA members participated in the annual Black Caucus Convention in Washington, DC for the first time. Consequently, we encourage our members to get
involved in the legislative processes related to nursing and healthcare. There are several other legislative activities that are scheduled for 2016 in collaboration with other organizations. These include FNA 2016 Advocacy Days in Tallahassee and National Black Nurses Association 28th Annual Day on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Since the last newsletter publication in April 2015, HANA continues to fulfill its passion for mentoring and providing educational support to the local community and abroad.
Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends, Tonight, we are celebrating our 32nd Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala. On behalf of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA), I would like to thank you for your continued support in maintaining the legacy of the association. It will be exactly one year since the executive board was elected to lead this noble association, and together, we have done a fantastic job! I also want to thank each board member for the sacrifices and hard work they contribute on a daily basis to better serve our community. The difference that we make as a team in other people’s lives is immeasurable. Tonight, I am eager to share with you the extraordinary achievements that this team has accomplished.
Dr. Ettien featured in Medical Mission to Haiti post Hurricane Mathew report on Ch 6 News.
As you all know Hurricane Matthew made land fall in Haiti in the early morning hours. We started Hurricane Relief effort last night with Man Dodo and several others community organizations to plan a strategic relief operations. We will need the help of all members to supervise medications sorting at the warehouse and also to sort donations given. We need to get ready as much supply as possible by the end of the week, please donate medications and supplies. Medications sorting is ongoing as of today in the warehouse from 9am-9pm. Medications sorting and donations drop off location CMS Warehouse:
- 3333 NW 168 Street
- Miami Gardens, FL 33056
If you have any questions, please feel free to call 305-609-7498. We plan on keeping you informed as we move forward with planning phase.
Support Your Community by Donating to HAITIAN PHILANTHROPY.
Participate in the TELE-MARATHON 5/31/2016 TONIGHT Island TV 7PM-9PM or donate at www.Haitianphilantropy.org.