BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — FAU just tipped us off to an upcoming lecture set for Thursday, February 23rd, to cover health and education issue in the Haitian community — both in Haiti and here in South Florida.
Here’s the official media release:
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education will launch its 2012 Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series with a presentation by Eustache Jean-Louis, M.D., M.P.H., project director for the City of Boston Public Health Commission and executive director of the Center for Community Health, Education & Research, Inc. “Health and Education Issues in Haiti and the Local Haitian Community: Research and Service Opportunities” will take place on Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion, FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. A reception will precede the lecture from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and a panel discussion will follow at 7 p.m.
Jean-Louis will discuss the fact that newcomers to the U.S. often face insurmountable barriers in the areas of language, literacy, cultural adaptation, immigration status, discrimination and socioeconomic survival. For most Haitian immigrants, health and education are secondary to the basic survival needs of food and shelter. In terms of increasing their individual assets for a better community, resources need to be marshaled toward a collaborative effort to assist them in making the necessary transition.
“The Haitian American community is a growing minority population in Florida, and Haitian immigrants and their families are quickly becoming an integral part of the larger Floridian community,” said Michael Hall, Ph.D., C.H.E.S, visiting assistant professor in the department of exercise science and health promotion within FAU’s College of Education and chair of the Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series committee. “We look forward to learning about Dr. Jean-Louis’ innovative approach and how the FAU community and its collaborating partners may be able to connect resources to Haitian Americans in Florida.”
In his role with the Center for Community Health, Education & Research, a nonprofit organization that provides health, social and prevention services to the uninsured and underserved, Jean-Louis conducts research and develops and manages health intervention programs targeting the Boston Haitian community.