Haitian American Public Health Initiative
10 Fairway Street, P.O. Box 260386
Mattapan, MA 02126
Contact: Mr. Jean Marc Jean-Baptiste
Haitian American Public Health Initiative (HAPHI) is a Mattapan-based,
non-profit agency founded in 1989. It was born of the efforts of
several Haitian-American health care professionals to address the
pressing public health issues confronting Boston's Haitian community.
HAPHI provides a comprehensive range of prevention education and
direct service initiatives to Haitian-Americans from the greater
Boston area, and beyond. The agency also serves a number of community
residents from other ethnic groups in the Mattapan and Dorchester
neighborhoods, particularly African-Americans.
The Haitian community of Massachusetts estimates its size at 75,000.
Most of these live in Boston and have arrived over the past three
decades. Young men are highly represented in the Haitian-American
population, but there is a growing number of families with children
Provide members of the Haitian-American community with culturally
and linguistically accessible information and services to improve
their health and emotional well being.
Specifically, HAPHI's goals are to provide culturally sensitive,
factual information to Haitians about the general health, social
and cultural issues that shape their lives; cultivate norms that
support and encourage healthy behaviors within the community-at-large;
and improve access to services and economic opportunities that address
the health and social needs of Haitians.
HAPHI is organized into three primary service
departments: the Youth Department, HIV Prevention and Service Department,
and Family and Community Health Department. HAPHI's core prevention
initiatives focus on HIV, substance and tobacco use, sexual assault,
teen pregnancy, teen violence, school failure/drop out, domestic
violence and prevalent chronic diseases, such as heart disease asthma,
diabetes, and some cancers.
Current programs include: Haitian-American Prevention and Education
Project, Haitian against Drugs (School Success Program), Sexual
Assault Prevention Program for Youth, HIV Services, Extended Counseling
(HIV), Haitian Men's Health Project, Media Outreach Program, Haitian
Tobacco Prevention Project, Sexual Assault Prevention Program for
Adults, Chronic Disease Prevention and Education, Haitian Family
Support Program, English As a Second Language (ESL), and the Parenting