Marsha Eloi, RN, BSN, CCM
Greetings Fellow Members and Colleagues,
Welcome to the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (H.A.N.A.) website.
H.A.N.A has been serving the community for over 33 years since its establishment in 1984. I am honored and deeply moved by the members of this prestigious association who have entrusted me as the President of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida for 2017-2019. I am mixed with feelings of humility because I know it’s not an easy task, but I pray to God for His guidance as I put my best efforts forth. I am experiencing some anxiety as I know I have some big shoes to fill by those who have paved the way for me. They have sustained the association and maintained its legacy for this long and brought it to higher heights.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the HANA of Florida Co-Founders Alice Casimir and Jacqueline Dasque who created this prestigious association for the betterment of the community. It is quite apparent that they were stirred with compassion to provide basic care to our Haitian brothers and sisters in the Homestead, FL area. I consider these compassionate women to be heroes in the history of Black and Haitian-Americans. In HANA, we encounter many opportunities and face many challenges, but I am cognizant of the fact that it will not be possible to lead alone in this journey, and will need the synergistic efforts of everyone in order to have a successful outcome.
We are living in a time where we are so interdependent of a world that is changing at a speedily rate, a world where information technology is continually evolving, creating new methods and new ways of interactions.
My goal is to keep HANA connected with the changes of today’s technology, acquire the knowledge and implement them into our day to day operation as we continue to build the HANA brand and improve the standards of our nursing profession through information and communication technologies. Initiatives that were undertaken by our past Presidents will continue to be strengthened and enforced. Initiatives such as HANA International, Project 30: I-Care, and continued partnerships with Nursing Schools in Haiti are just a few.
My fellow colleagues and members allow me to share my vision with you for the future of HANA. First and foremost, HANA of Florida will continue to uphold its mission and core values of the association. Second, Project Clinic of Cavallion, Haiti, is an initiative to increase access and provide sustainable health care and social services for the underserved population in an established location. I am anticipating providing services on a regular basis throughout the year at the clinic. Third, Increase male membership and participation. I would like to encourage more male nurses to join the association; help them to understand the benefit of joining a professional organization, and explain to them the importance of having a strong male presence helps to strengthen and unify our profession as nurses. Fourth, Renovation of HANA’s current office space. We have grown tremendously and have outgrown our current space. However, being a non-profit organization and solely relying on donations, the most economical thing to do right now is to renovate our current office space. This has been our home for so many years in the heart of the City of North Miami addressing health disparities and promoting health.
I remain confident that the Executive Board, our active Members, Advisory Board and Partners/Collaborators will aid in cultivating strategies that will bring to fruition the vision that has been set forth for HANA. I look forward to our continued growth, bringing forth latest tools to empower our members, forging newer partnerships, and connecting with existing and other organizations where we can make a change and positively impact the community, the Sate, the Nation, and in the World!!!
Congratulations to our 2017 nursing scholarship recipients. We will continue to support you and pray for you as you continue your education in such a rewarding career as a professional nurse. I also want to congratulate our Honorees. Your labor is not in vain and we gladly recognize you for all the positive work you are doing in the community. Thank you to our gala committee for your exceptional leadership and yet another successful planned gala….Chapeau Bas!
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.
Marsha Eloi, RN, BSN, CCM
President (2017 – 2019)