Access to healthcare is a major issue for low-income residents in the U.S., especially minorities, immigrants, and those living in rural areas. Athough the underserved communities experience the same problem regarding access and quality health care, we do not use a size-fit-all approach. Typically, we develop a relationship with community leaders in the target communities in order to have the tools need to develop and tailor activities that address effectively their individual and specific problems.
The main focus of our endeavor in these communities is health literacy, which is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. With health literacy, community residents are more like to become knowledgeable about disease prevention measures, and to be skilled enough to access the health care they need in a timely manner. In doing so, investment in health care may end up being more cost-effective for both indidivual patients, families and tax-payer
For Haiti, even the most basic health facilities don't exist in rural areas where more than 40 % of the national population live in remote villages. According to USAID,
"Haiti reports some of the world’s worst health indicators, which continue to inhibit the country’s development. While Haiti has struggled with poor health outcomes for generations, the health system was further debilitated by the 2010 earthquake, which demolished 50 health centers, part of Haiti’s primary teaching hospital, and the Ministry of Health. Only a few months later, Haiti’s health care network was further strained by the country’s first cholera outbreak in a century. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, significant challenges remain to increase access to and utilization of improved water and sanitation services that are key to improving health and well-being."
Haiti Health Professional's Networks aims to assist low-income communities in the US and Haiti in their quest for access to heath care. In the US we prioritize Heal Fair while our main focus in Haiti is to provide its rural communities with access to basic health care through medical mission trips on a regular basis. In both Haiti and the US, the primary focus of our organization is preventative healthcare education.
A patient at the health fair in Immokalee, Florida (May,2018)
Patients from various communities in Chaine-des-Matheux, Ouest department, Haiti (November, ,2018)
You can join in regardless of your skills by becoming a volunteer, raising funds, and makiing a donation. As a volunteer you can help here in the states or getting involved in medical mission trips to Haiti. Anything you do will make a difference in the lives of thousands of people. You can help wherever you are. Remember!
Your donations is the lifeblood of our organization. Without your kind donation, it woulfl be impossible for us to continue with health fair in the U.S. and medical mission trips to Haiti. By donating you are saving lives. Remember: YOUR DONATION IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE***