Today the Build Haiti Foundation is happy to announce the nomination of two new board members who will be supporting our community health initiative to educate as well as provide access to care to Haitians and the Caribbean community at large. Dr. Patrick Richard and Dr. Karen Francis are both leaders in their respective field. Known for their tenacity and no nonsense approach to get things done, we are very excited and humbled to welcome them both.
Dr. Patrick Richard
Dr. Richard is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy and Research Director within the Health Services Administration (HSA), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is also a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington (GW) University Health Economics and Policy Program and an affiliate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.
Dr. Karen Francis
Dr. Francis is a senior researcher at American Institute of Research. Her primary areas of focus and research are in cultural and linguistic competence, mental health programming, rural behavioral health, reducing disparities and addressing disproportionate minority contact. She works nationally to provide training and technical assistance to address disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system. Dr. Francis also serves as an onsite consultant on Cultural and Linguistic Competency to the Child Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We are still looking for other professionals to join our board. If you have skills as a lawyer, accountant, fundraiser or information technologist, please feel free to contact Bob Anantua at BAnantua@thebuildhaitifoundation.org for consideration.
Caribbean Culture Fest
In a marriage made in heaven, The Build Haiti Foundation, Columbia Association and the Howard County Miller Branch Library came together as partners to celebrate Caribbean culture and diversity in Howard County. It was an afternoon of music, dance, displays and delicious Caribbean food sold from food trucks and vendors. Participants enjoyed the rhythms of bachata, reggae, merengue, calypso, salsa, folk dance and Compas/Konpa, to name a few. If you missed it, you can view our gallery by following the link below.
Big thanks to HC Library, Miller Branch for making these pictures available to share with our audience…