A grassroots organization that trains and mobilizes young leaders to deliver healthcare and save lives
Health and Education Action League for Haiti (HEAL Haiti) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training and mobilizing young leaders to improve health care and save lives. Through nursing training and health science education programs, HEAL Haiti aims to develop a cadre of highly skilled health professionals prepared to respond to Haiti's healthcare needs.
We are a group of professionals and leaders from different industries that have joined forces to provide health education Haiti. Presently, on a national level, there is a shortage of health care professionals in Haiti. This shortage has been detrimental to the lives of Haitian residents for many years and post- earthquake health care efforts mirror this concern. Enormous change is needed to rebuild the country but most importantly to strengthen its health care delivery system. HEAL Haiti intends to positively contribute to the health care delivery system by giving young adults the opportunity to become health care professionals. With access to education and support, young Haitians can eventually become driving forces in their communities. In the short term, we plan to continue our successful health clinics, establish a Community Health Worker program and raise awareness of health issues deeply affecting the community. In the long run, we hope to build an Academic Health Center to impact Haiti nationally and provide free health education courses to young adults in various towns.
Please join us in these efforts! Your volunteerism and contributions are greatly needed and appreciated!
Here is more about the founder of HEAL Haiti, Gretha Fievre
Gretha Fievre is a Registered Nurse with over forty years of clinical experience. Over the years, her personal and clinical understandings of health disparities have propelled her to identify population-level strategies and interventions for health advancement. She is a retired Primary Care Clinic Registered Nurse. Ms. Fievre previously served as a Director of Patient Services at CitiHealth Home Care Services and as a Clinical Care Coordinator at Progressive Community Center.
Ms. Fievre is a global health advocate that leads by example. In the weeks following the earthquake in Haiti, Ms. Fievre lent her volunteer services, as emergency clinic coordinator, to the Association des Médecins Haïtiens à l'Ètranger in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She also contributed to various health care seminars. In particular, she led a presentation on Emergency Nursing to Nursing Students at l'Université Episcopale d'Haiti à Leogane (FSIL). In addition, she contributed to the dissemination of various health care seminars in Haiti.
Ms. Fievre is dedicated to making a long-term contribution to the development of health care and education in Haiti. In the fall of 2011, she founded the Health Education Action League for Haiti (HEAL Haiti), a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and mobilizing young leaders to improve health care in Haiti. Through nursing training and health science education programs, HEAL Haiti aims to develop a cadre of highly skilled health advocates prepared to respond to Haiti's community health care dire needs. In the Spring of 2013, the organization's efforts included the successful launch of an annual health fair, An Nou Kombat Pou Yon Sante Meyo, in Saint Marc, Haiti. With the help of local high school students, partners, volunteer physicians and local businesses, HEAL Haiti's mobile clinic provided health care services and education to over 300 people in first year and over 500 in the second year. HEAL Haiti long term goal is to establish a world-class Health educational facility in Ms. Fievre's hometown, Saint Marc, Haiti.
In 2012, Gretha Fievre was named an Inaugural Inductee on the Haitian Roundtable 1804 List of 25 Haitian-American Changemakers. In 2016 the International Nurses Association Recognizes Gretha Fievre as a Top Registered Nurse in New York. Ms. Fievre holds a Master of Health Administration from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Art in Nursing Education from the Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing in New York City.