HAMA will be conducting its 3rd Health Education Tour from August 2020 October 2020. The utility of this project stems from the need for more strategic and culturally specific delivery of health information to underserved communities. Last year, HAMA conducted this project for the second consecutive year. Based on the success of the project and needs assessment obtained through surveys we have decided to repeat this project with the option of in-person or virtual health education sessions. It is our hope that the addition of virtual sessions will help increase our impact in numbers and reach beyond Massachusetts for our Haitian community. Through this initiative we aim to impact a minimum of 20 different businesses, high schools, faith-based and community organizations by providing health education sessions to promote awareness and understanding surrounding the barriers of suboptimal 88tal Health and its effects on access and maintenance of self-care. Success of this project had been measured by surveying 136 members of the community. Due to the out poor of positive feedback from the utilization of short film during our 2019 health education tour, HAMA plans to create a short film on 88tal Health Awareness within the Haitian community see attachments. This video will have a story line of typical culturally nuances that Haitian individuals and families experience. This film will carefully explain how some cultural practices hinder this community from access to mental health care and the overall effects of these barriers. Furthermore, this project will be a vehicle to highlight culturally-specific health information available through Medlineplus.gov.
Haitian American Medical Association