It's been a busy Fall for Physicians for Haiti! Learn more about our recent accomplishments, and consider supporting our work this Giving Tuesday!

Annual Conference a Success!

Physicians for Haiti was proud to hold its 4th annual conference in collaboration with For Hope International on November 7th & 8th, 2014. The event attracted nearly 200 participants for a weekend full of speeches, workshops and activities focused on entrepreneurship and innovation within Haiti’s health sector. Keynote speakers included famous economist Kesner Pharel and Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year Dr. Ronald LaRoche. Other speakers included representatives from a wide variety of Haiti-based organizations, including Infotronique, SOIL, Ayiti Air Anbilans, The Mirebalais University Hospital and more. We were truly impressed by the diversity of experiences shared by the presenters, and are looking forward to the application of these ideas. 

Interested conference attendees are eligible to take these skills to the next level by participating in For Hope International’s business plan competition. Selected applicants will receive financial and professional support to carry out an idea designed to empower Haitian healthcare professionals looking to find solutions to current problems.

We are thrilled to continue to facilitate the largest and longest-running Continuing Medical Education conference in Haiti, and grateful to our partners at For Hope International for their key role in this year’s event. To learn more and see the presentations shared at the conference, please visit our website here


Social Medicine Course Expands Reach

This past July, Physicians for Haiti was thrilled to hold its second annual Social Medicine Course, titled “Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness.” This course offers future Haitian and international health providers a strong foundation in social medicine principles through classroom teaching, site visits, student projects, films, and group discussion. The course curriculum places great importance on building partnerships and reflecting upon personal experiences with power, privilege, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, viewing those as central to becoming an effective clinician. In the spirit of praxis (a model of education that combines critical reflection with action), these components of the course give students the opportunity to discern their role in global health and social medicine through facilitated, in-depth conversations with core faculty and student colleagues.

We were pleased to be able to open the 2014 course to nursing and other allied health students, reflecting our belief that a strong and sustainable health system is only possible when there is interdisciplinary collaboration and trust within care teams. We are looking forward to the third annual course, which will take place from July 13-31, 2015 in Port-au-Prince. Applications are opening soon for the 2015 course, and may be found in English and French here.

Amazon Smile: Support P4H For Free This Holiday Season!

Looking for a way to give back while you do your holiday shopping? Please consider using Amazon Smile to support P4H while you shop! Use this link to do your holiday shopping, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Physicians for Haiti! Bookmark the link to support us every time you shop--all at no extra cost. 

Honor #GreatTeachers this Giving Tuesday!

At Physicians for Haiti, we believe that great teachers make a difference. That's why our work ensures that Haitian medical professionals will have access to high-quality teachers for years to come. 

This Giving Tuesday (December 2), we encourage you to honor a teacher in your life who has made a difference with a donation in their name to P4H. Then, share your #GreatTeachers story with us on Twitter and Facebook and join the movement for high-quality medical education (and don't forget to add #GreatTeachers #P4Haiti to your post)! 

The 3 C's: Conference, Commitment, Change

Physicians for Haiti is proud to announce that, since April, we have enabled 6 Haitian physicians to attend two major international medical education conferences. Both events – one in Washington, D.C and the other in Boston, MA– are part of our continued commitment to multi-national partnerships and medical education advancement.

These two conferences were geared towards residency directors and medical student rotation directors, respectively, and at both conferences, each visiting Haitian physician was paired with an experienced mentor. These relationships have lasted well beyond the conferences themselves, as the mentors have continued to provide our Haitian colleagues with guidance as they work to apply new teaching and organizational techniques at their home institutions. 

To us, these relationships exemplify the idea of using partnerships to create lasting, meaningful change. We hope that you, too, see the value in supporting future conferences and other partnership-focused events like these.



Medicine and the Muse: Brigham residents showcase talents and support P4H

This past May, residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital continued the tradition of Medicine and the Muse, a talent show and fundraiser held each year to benefit a selected nonprofit. Physicians for Haiti was honored to be chosen as the benefit organization for the third year running. Attendees were treated to a variety of musical and dance performances, a silent auction, and the opportunity to help create a strong and sustainable medical education system in Haiti! We are incredibly grateful to our partners at Brigham and Women's Hospital for their support, and are looking forward to participating again next year!

Nursing Needs Assessment

Just last month, members of the P4H nursing team traveled to Haiti to conduct a needs assessment of current continuing education for nurses at several of our partner hospitals. Under the guidance of Chris Curry, chair of monitoring and evaluation for P4H, the group first set the goal 16 months ago of designing a study that would yield robust data highlighting the needs within Haiti's continuing nursing education. Studies like this are vital in that they enable P4H to act in an informed, evidence-based manner.

The nursing team consists of nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health. The project was approved by each institution's institutional review board and by the Haitian Ministry of Health. The team developed a questionnaire that was administered to approximately 100 nurses practicing in Haiti; conducted four focus groups, which included target questions for nurses about the current state of continuing nursing education; and visited four hospitals, including St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, The Mirebalais University Hospital, St. Therese Hospital in Hinche, and St. Nicolas Hospital in St. Marc.

The nursing team was overwhelmingly inspired and encouraged by the feedback received from our nursing partners. The team plans to conduct a multi-modal analysis of the data with the goal of adding to the literature of nursing education in Haiti. They hope to revisit the partner sites in the upcoming year to share the data and continue collaboration.


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