Codman Hosting Haitian Health Conference on June 1

On Saturday, June 1, Codman Square Health Center will host its second Haitian Health Conference at UMass Boston’s. The event will bring together community leaders, healthcare providers, educators, students, and others to discuss health care issues affecting the Haitian community.

With the increasing number of Haitian immigrants in Massachusetts, community providers, leaders, and policy advocates are challenged to plan and organize services and programs to address these newcomer needs. The event will bring together

The goal of the conference is to stress the need for a Holistic Approach to Physical and Mental Health for new arrival Haitian Families with the emphasis on the use of trauma-informed processes and models of engagement.

Conference highlights will include:

  • Keynote from Prof. Charlene Desir, EdD, of Nova Southeastern University, on Navigating Trauma and Transnational Identity: Addressing the Mental Health and Education Needs of Recent Haitian Migrants in Boston.
  • State Program Updates from Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD, on new arrivals in Massachusetts from Haiti, and efforts by the state to support them.
  • Historical Perspectives of Haitian resettlement in Massachusetts by Charlot Lucien, a scholar of UMass Boston’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

There will be several other sessions and panel discussions. The conference is open to anyone who would like to join. Click here to register for the conference.