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AMHE- Medical Relief Mission
In Haiti Report

The AMHE Relief Mission went to the south Peninsula of Haiti, particularly the town of Jeremie, on Saturday February 25th, 2017. The group included Dr. Paul Nacier, Dr. Eric Jerome, Dr. Yvane Drouillard , Nurse Marie Jean-Baptiste and Mr. Lionel Badio .

On Sunday the 26th of February, at 9:00 the group started working at the Hospital. The plant that was severely hit by the Hurricane Matthew with 140 mph winds, lost its top floor and suffered broken windows but the different services including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OBG/YN were preserved but still damaged. Outpatient clinics were also affected by the Hurricane; they were left without roof that was later on replaced. After making rounds in the different services, the group stayed at the emergency department until late in the afternoon.

We saw many cases of Hypertension, Cerebral Vascular Accidents, Congestive Heart Failure, Asthma, Typhoid fever, Urinary Tract Infection, Lacerations, Fractures, Malnutrition cases, battered women and many more. Free medications were given out to the people. After a very hard day we went back to the hotel to recover.

The following day, we started at 9:00am, we diagnosed other cases of Malaria, Dehydration, Malnutrition and Diarrhea in children. Other patients with Congestive Heart Failure secondary to peripartum Cardiomyopathy were treated with Furosemide and Ace Inhibitors. We received multiple fractures secondary to motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, Orthopedics was not immediately available. The next day, we received a case of intestinal obstruction with perforation secondary typhoid fever. We called a surgeon for consultation and one operation was performed. We took the opportunity of evaluating the hospital needs, infrastructure problems. To really deserve the title of Departmental Hospital for reference, improvement has to occur. We salute the work of Ms Conception Pamphile as a dynamic administrator and the dedication of Dr Ronsard Presidio.

On Wednesday March 1st, a few members went to work at the Outpatient Clinic. We inspected the Laboratory, electrical supply and tested the quality measures. We visited the OBG/YN services and talked to the nurses. We saw a case of Pre-ecclampsia/ecclampsia. The family members did not accept the diagnosis or concur with the treatment. They claimed that it was a case beyond the doctors' capabilities. They wanted to take the patient home and consult with the local voodoo priest. Heavy persuasion had to be used for them to accept our management. We gave a lot of medications to the hospital pharmacy. We returned to Port-au-Prince on Thursday night after a visit to the emptied Hospital of Aquin.

However, crisscrossing the department of Grand Anse, we saw many problems or issues to be tackled by the government specially the department of Public Health. Besides cases of malnutrition observed at the Jeremie Hospital, an increase of Malaria cases was observed from December 2016 to the end of February2017. Public Health services have to be alerted to address very quickly the Malaria surge, so many cases of CHF after pregnancy.

Talking to the people living in the surrounding area of Jeremie, looking at the fallen trees and the standing ones trees without leaves. It is imperative that the government and the non-government entities bring a much-needed assistance to this horrific situation. The Hurricane struck the area of Grand Anse on October 4, 2016 and 5 months later we are witnessing a very impoverished sector of the Haitian population showing signs hopelessness and helplessness, let say on the brink of disaster.

In conclusion, we want to thank all the members of the group who have taken time out of their busy schedule to participate in this endeavor.

We also would like to thank the CEO of Interfaith Medical Center Mrs. LaRay Brown for contributing to the success of this program by providing supply of medicines.

While we are drafting this report, another group of Haitian doctors under the leadership of Dr. Jacques Guillaume also from Interfaith Medical Center, reached Jeremie Sunday the 19th of March 2017.They are working at the St Antoine Hospital in Jeremie. They are providing help in Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, and mental health.

Recommendations.

As Physicians we went to see (veni, vidi…) but we have to recoomment a therapy.
Let’s continue to assist and support the devastated South Peninsula of Haiti and the Grand Anse region by accessing our website: www.amhefoundation.org .

Until now, given the destitution and local needs, priority should given to the humanitarian aid with donation of supplies, food, means to replace the missing roofs, replenish livestock and resume farming. Yes it commendable to go and provide medical services but the price of medical missions could be better served if directed toward provision of goods.

Our donations could even pay for services of some local health professionals actually unemployed.

Hope resides in the smile of this child and mother.

AMHE Relief Mission in Jeremie

 

 

AMHE Post Graduate program.

AMHE Post-Graduate Education for US training in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics Anesthesiology and Surgery has restarted after the successful fund raising activity of December 2014. The Haitian Residents spent time at Brooklyn Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Leblanc rotated in Hematology with E. Guevara, Radiology with S.Buchbinder and then came to Interfaith Medical Center. IMC Teaching attending include, L Shein, D. Shrivastava. E Jerome . A.Dufresne. B Laurent, F Schmidt and G Etienne, for Nephrology, Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonary and Anesthesiology. The residents also have weekly presentations with Nacier, Leblanc. They attended E Jerome lectures at Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital. They were able to interact with other American colleagues also in training.

As outlined in the program, after 3 month rotation, Residents do return to Haiti either in Port-au-Prince or Cap Haitien . Since, they are chosen at the second year level ,they have enough time as trainees to become trainers and increase intellectual capacity of the residency program at HUEH or Justinien.

From the start of AMHE program in 2007 to now: 62 Residents have participated in this activity launched by Simact and administered by the Relief Mission of the AMHE Foundation.
We are actively looking for support to maintain this undertaking and help Haiti. The funds collected allow us to level the plainfield and give everyone chosen, based on her or his academical achievement the chance to participate.

Go to WWW.AMHEFOUNDATION.ORG, click on Donate and specifically earmark your valuable donation for AMHE Post graduate program

 

 

Passing of Dr Oswald Olivier

We just learned the sad news of the passing of Dr. Oswald Olivier, who for a long time was an active member of the Chicago Chapter. Dr. Olivier was known for his charm, warmth and sense of humor as well as for his culinary skills and the time he spent caring for Haitian refugees. We present our sincere condolences and warmest sympathy to his daughter, Dr. Mildred Olivier and her family.

Visitation will take place from 8:30 am until time of prayers at 10:15 am Saturday 14 February 2015 at the Glueckert Funeral Home, LTD, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd (4 blocks south of Palatine Rd) in Arlington Heights.

Funeral mass will take place at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 440 S. Mitchell, Arlington Heights at 11:00 am by Mgr. Willy Romélus.

Entombment will take place at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery.

The Olivier family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to "www.amhefoundation.org".

 

Current Programs

"HEALTH DISPARITIES IN AFRICAN AMERICANS AND MINORITIES IN THE US"

Symposium

JANUARY 11TH, 2014

Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad
AMHE Foundation

New York LaGuardia Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst N.Y., 11369

Objectives:

Objective 1 Learn about disparities in Pulmonary Diseases, including Asthma, COPD, Sleep Apnea as well as treatment with practice guidelines and prevention

Objective 2 Understand disparities in Kidney diseases, biologic differences and epidemiology and intervention to close disparity gaps

Objective 3 Comprehend epidemiology prevalence of cervical cancer in the US and in the world (Haiti), treatment and prevention

Objective 4 Discover the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health disparities in minorities

Objective 5 Grasp the epidemiology, the new clinical features and update in the treatment of HIV Aids

Target Audience:

Physicians and allied healthcare professionals, governmental and non-governmental organizations, individuals interested in furthering their knowledge on understanding health disparities

Statement of Need:

The United States surpass all industrialized countries in health care expenditures. Yet it has some of the worse health indicators among the top 20 countries and some of the greatest diseases disparities.

Accreditation Statement

New York Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York to provide continuing medical education for physicians
New York Methodist Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

The Medical Society of The State of New York relies upon planners and faculty participants in its CME activities to provide educational information that is objective and free of bias. In this spirit and in accordance with the guidelines of MSSNY and the ACCME, all speakers and planners for CME activities must disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of CME activity, that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.
The planners and faculty participants do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials.

Funding Statement
No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

List of Planning Committee:

Eric L. Jerome, MD., F.A.C.P., Renal Division NYM
Todd Simon, MD., Associate Director of Medicine, NYM
Vladimir Berthaud, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Maxime Coles, M.D., F.A.C.P., AMHE President
Pierre Paul Cadet, MD. Past President
Paul Nacier, M.D., F.A.C.P. Kingbrook Jewish Hospital
Micheline Dole, M.D., F.A.A.P. Nassau County Hospital
Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D. F.A.C.S, Associate Dean

List of Faculty:

Jean Ford MD, Director of Medicine at Brooklyn Hspital,
Moro Salifu MD, Director of Medicine at SUNY Downstate
Robert Hilgers MD, President & CEO, Women's Global Cancer Alliance,
Cheri C. Wilson MA, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Vladimir Berthaud MD, Meharry University,
Eric L. Jerome MD, SUNY ,New York Methodist Hospital,
Mildred MG. Olivier MD, Associate Dean Chicago School, School
Mona Rigaud, MD, MPH, New York University of Medicine
Nadim Solomon, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Joseph Paul MD, SUNY, Kingbrook Jewish Medical Center

Agenda

4:00pm-4:15 pm
Welcoming Remarks: Maxime Coles, MD, FACS, AMHE President,
Eric L.Jerome MD, FACP, Program Director


Moderator
Mona Rigaud, MD MPH, New York University of Medicine

4:15pm-4:50pm
Jean Ford, MD, MPH, Chairman, Department of Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital
Health Disparities in Pulmonary Disease (Asthma COPD)

5:00pm-5:35pm
Moro Salifu, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Health Disparities in Renal Diseases

Moderator
Daniel Faustin, MD

5:45pm - 6:20pm
Jean-Claude Rémy Memorial Lecture
Robert Hilgers, M.D. President & CEO, Women’s Global Cancer Alliance
Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment update

6:30pm-7:00pm
Cheri C. Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities
Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Health Disparities in Minorities

Moderator:
Joseph Pierre-Paul Cadet, MD, MBA

7:15pm – 8:00pm
Round Table Discussion

Aging with HIV: new perspectives

Nadim Solomon, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Mona Rigaud, MD, New York University of Medicine
Joseph Paul, MD, SUNY, Kingbrook Jewish Medical Center

8:00pm -9:00pm
Refreshments Buffet

Maximum: 3.5 Category 1 CME credits, sponsored by Methodist Hospital

We sincerely thank our sponsors
ADMS. Atlantic Dialysis Management, Dr J.Ganesh Bhat
AMHE. Dr Karl Latortue Treasurer
AMHE Foundation. Chairman Emmanuel Francois
Healthfirst. Inc Mr.George Hulse

 

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

• Thou shalt not define, design, nor commit community research without consulting with the community!
• As ye value outcomes, so shall ye value processes!
• When faced with a choice between community objectives and the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity, thou shalt hold community objectives to be the higher good!
• Thou shalt not covet thy community's data!
• Thou shalt not commit analysis of community data without community input!
• Thou shalt not bear false witness to, or about members of the community!
• Thou shalt not release community research findings before the community is consulted (premature exposition)!
• Thou shalt train and hire community people to perform community research functions!
• Thou shalt not violate confidentiality!
• Thou shalt freely confess thyself to be biased and thine hypotheses and methodologies so likewise!

Leland Brown, as quoted in Bor D, Chambers L, Dessau L, Larson T, Wold C, eds: Community Health Improvement: Through Information and Action. San Francisco, CA; Health of the Public Program (supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation), 1995, pages 11-12.

 

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Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) &
The AMHE Foundation present:

Health Disparities in African Americans

Saturday January 11th, 2014 from 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm
At
New York Marriott, LaGuardia
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369.

Speaker: Dr. Jean Ford, Director of Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital
Topic: Health Disparities in Pulmonary Disease (Asthma COPD)

Speaker: Dr Moro Salifu, Director of Medicine at Downstate University of NY
Topic: Health Disparities in Renal Diseases

Speaker: Dr. Robert Hilgers
Topic: Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment update

Speaker: Cheri C. Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Topic: Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Health Disparities in Minorities

Round table discussion

Aging with HIV: new perspectives
Dr. Mona Rigaud NYU
Dr. Joseph Paul, SUNY
Dr. Nadim Solomon, ID, Beth Israel Hospital.

Buffet

For your reservation please call:
Myriam Delva at
TEL : (718) 245-1015 Fax: (718) 735 8015
Or
email: amhereliefmission@amhe.org
AMHE & AMHE Foundation

2014 Registration Form

 

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Communitiesí Mental Health:

Meeting Haitian Communities’ Mental Health Needs in Brooklyn and Queens Communities – Counties Brooklyn and Queens, New York

AMHE sponsors a cultural competency training tool for mental health practitioners who service Haitian immigrants and Haitian American patients in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Through this project, the AMHE (the Association) will develop and implement a cultural competency training curriculum for mental health professionals who come into contact with the population of Haitian descent living in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. The project will provide a valuable tool that can be used for the training of care givers in other healthcare fields.

 

Visiting Professor Program AMHE Foundation sponsors regular visits by groups of Haitian-American physicians to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide free care to the poor, to lecture and conduct technical workshops for physicians and students at the Medical School of the University of Haiti. These teams comprised of generalists, pediatricians, internists, hematologists, gastroenterologists, urologists and general surgeons. In 2007-2008, over 4000 patients were treated for a wide range of conditions, including malnutrition, anemia, hypertension, epilepsy, low back pain, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, and skin disorders..

 

La Maison des Etudiants (The Student Center) AMHE Foundation helped in the construction of the Student Center at the State University of Haiti and, over the years, contributed continuously to its day-to-day functioning. The Center represents a unique amenity in a country that offers little if any support to its less-fortunate or, for that matter, to its institutions. It is a proud achievement and a model that ought to be nurtured.

 

 

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