HAMA will be conducting a Massachusetts-Based Health Education tour from May 2019 August 2019. The objective of this project stems from the need for more culturally-specific delivery of health information to underserved communities. Last year, HAMA conducted this project for the first time. Based off the success of the project and needs assessment obtained through surveying recipients of the educational sessions we have decided to repeat this project for continued impact within our Haitian community in the Massachusetts area. Through this initiative we aim to visit 20 different businesses, high schools, faith-based and community organizations providing health education in order to promote awareness and prevention of hypertension, stroke, and obesity. The Haitian community will also be educated on the importance of fostering quality relationships between school nurses, Haitian students, their parents, and families a continuation of a previous project conducted with one of our partnering organizations Northeastern University. HAMA will also be partnering with Quinnipiac University physical therapy students to create a culturally sensitive video with verbiage in the Haitian Creole language. This video will role play the experience of a stroke patient and the benefits received when pursuing rehabilitation post stroke diagnosis. Furthermore, this project will be a vehicle to highlight culturally-specific health information available through Medlineplus.gov, while helping HAMA to continue building partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders.
Haitian American Medical Association