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Boston Haitian Resource Guide
Community Health Resources

Center for Community Health, Education, and Research (CCHER)
Dr. Eustache Jean-Louis, Director
Dr. Guy Apollon, Program Director
420 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Telephone: (617) 265-0628
FAX: (617) 265-4134

CCHER's mission is to increase access to different types of services for HIV consumers. Activities include comprehensive case management, affordable housing, home delivered meals and support services, psychological counseling, community and culturally based interventions, testing and analysis of interventions and services concerning their impact on the community.

Haitian American Public Health Initiatives, Inc. (HAPHI)
Mr. Jean-Marc Baptiste, Executive Director
10 Fairway Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Telephone: (617) 298-8076
FAX: (617) 298-1224

HAPHI's mission is to act to promote health and foster well-being within the Haitian community of Greater Boston through ecucation and prevention, advocacy, outreach, and services. HAPHI programs promote culturally appropriate health education and support, advocacy for access to care, and the creation of opportinuties for economic development in the field of health care. HAPHI's activities include chronic disease prevention, case management and family support and counseling for families with mentally challenged children, smoking prevention and cessation, HIV testing and counseling, Haitian men's health program, and two after school programs at the Lewemberg and Wilson middle schools.

Haitian Multi-Service Center (HMSC)
Mr. Pierre Imbert, Executive Director
12 Bicknell Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
Telephone: 436-2848
FAX: 287-0284

HMSC's mission is to prepare and assist immigrants in their struggle for social and economic self-sufficiency in America. Activities include day care; education; adult and children's health; emergency support; immigration services; and HIV/AIDS counseling, case management, and support; advocacy; and coordination of services.

Haitian Health Outreach Project (HHOP)
Dr. Raymonde Placide, Director
52 Beacon St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Telephone: (617) 498-1212
FAX: (617) 868-3012

The mission of the Haitian Health Outreach Project (HHOP) is to reduce the transmission of HIV and AIDS by providing culturally appropriate outreach and education for Haitians living in Cambridge and Somerville. Activities include recruiting and training Haitian community leaders, home presentations about HIV/AIDS and other health issues, HIV counseling and testing, and a youth program addressing issues of cultural values, self-esteem, violence, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS.


Haitian Health Institute (HHI)- Boston Medical Center
Drs. Michele David, Jean Robert Larrieux, Nicole Prudent, Co-Directors
Jean R. Boisrond, Coordinator
91 E. Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: (617) 414-7702
FAX: (617) 414-4676

The mission of the Haitian Health Institute is to research unmet needs, identify gaps in services, and evaluate existing programs for quality, effectiveness and efficiency of service within the Massachusetts Haitian Community. Activities include networking with other organizations, community organizing, evaluation of existing programs, research, and rapid response to community health crises.


Haitian Nurses Association
Marie Joseph, R.N., President
P.O. Box 393
Mattapan, MA 02126
Telephone: 617-361-0383
FAX: 617-361-0383

Tutoring, mentoring, preparation for board exams for nursing students, health fairs, "Future Nurses Camp" for young adults


Haitian Mental Health Unit, Cambridge Hospital
Dr. Astrid Desrosiers
Clinical Director
26 Central Street 3rd Floor
Somerville, MA 02143
Telephone: (617) 498-1157
FAX: 628-6548

The mission of the Haitian Mental Health Clinic is to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate psychological and psychiatric services to the Haitian community in Massachusetts, regardless of ability to pay. Activities included psychiatric crisis and therapeutic intervention for adults, children, couples, families, and groups. It offers a rich, cross-cultural environment for residents in psychiatry, psychiatric nurses, and trainees. It provides in-service training to other departments of the Cambridge Hospital, as well as other agencies, conferences, and case consultation. Further activities include Haitian Health Day, radio and cable TV programming, and published material.


Grassroots International
179 Boylston Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02130
Contact: Katharine Kilbourn
Tel: 617-524-1400
Fax: 617-524-5525

Supports a food security program which includes support for human rights as well as agricultural peasant initiatives and work on alternative development policies.

Jobs with Justice
Contact: Diana Cohen/Russ Davis
Tel: 617-524-8778
Organizes Haitian home nurse workers.


Partners in Health
Contact: Ophelia Dahl
641 Huntington AvenueBoston, MA 02115

Sister organization, Zanmi Lasante (ZL) is based in the plateau central village of Cange. ZL consists of an outpatient clinic, a 30-bed hospital, TB center, women's health clinic, and a school. It is fully staffed by Haitian doctors, nurses, community health workers and teachers.

Haitian Health Institute 
91 East Concord Street  Suite 200
Boston, MA  02118
Tel: 617-534-7702

Community organizing, evaluation, research, rapid response to community health crises

Evaluation, Family Counseling Haitians & Minorities 
52 Province Street 
Boston, MA  02108 
Tel: 617-451-1070 

Counseling, job placement.


Cultural Resources

Haitian Consulate
Marie Andrine, Consul Général
545 Boylston Street Suite 201
Boston, MA  02116
Fax: (617)266-4060

Diplomatic representation, Haitian library, translation, legalization of documents,  cultural affairs

Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB)
Ms. Carlene Desiré, Director
330 Fuller Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Telephone: 287-0096
FAX: 287-0170

AFAB seeks all opportunities to equip Haitian women with the necessary tools to improve their social, economic and political status so that they can take control of their lives and futures. Activities include a radio program on women's issues; lectures at high schools and colleges; workshops on health care, domestic violence, and legal and parenting issues; a young women's leadership development program; networking to address issues affecting poor women and their families; literacy and ESL classes; and advocacy on such issues as health care, housing, domestic violence, rape, child care, and welfare.

Somerville Haitian Coalition
1 Davis Square  Room 25LL
Somerville, MA  02144
Tel: 617-629-0799

Promotes cultural awareness, assists Haitians with citizenship process, voter registration, provides resources and referrals for Haitians in the local area.

Haitian Communications Project
P.O.Box 366 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA  02142
Tel: 617-354-2731

Information on Haiti, news analysis, workshops, political activism, cultural activities

Cambridge Haitian Services Collaborative
19 Brookline Street
Cambridge, MA  02139
Tel: 617-349-6338

Haitian Teens for a Positive Change
156 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA  02145
Tel: 617-628-2490
Programs for youth.

MA Coalition of Haitian Parents
240A Elm Street 
Somerville, MA  02144
Tel: 617-628-2226

Information and assistance to parents of school-aged children.


The Caribbean Foundation of Boston, Inc.
317 Blue Hill Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
Tel: (617) 445-1228


UMass Boston Haitian Studies Association
-Haitian Studies Program
c/o Alix Cantave
University of Massachusetts at Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA  02135-3393
Tel: 617-287-7138

Research, dissemination on Haiti and Haitians, conferences, discussions on Haitian policy, newsletter, Haitian Language Institute.

Haitian American Cultural Center
105 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA  02139
Tel: 617-498-2196

HIV/AIDS outreach and education, food pantry, social services

Haitian Artists Assembly
200 Governor's Drive  #31
Winthrop, MA  02152

Workshops, presentations, referrals to Haitian artists, annual cultural events, data base of artists


Outside Massachusetts

Haitian Women's Program
464-466 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Haitian Centers Council Inc
50 Court Street, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Center for Haitian Studies Inc.
8260 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138
Tel: 305-757-9555

Haitian Center for Family Services, Inc.
2715 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
Fax: 561-366-8342




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