The Haitian Nurses Association of Florida (H.A.N.A.) was founded in 1984 by Jacqueline Dasque and Alice Casimir, two registered professional nurses practicing in Miami, who saw the need to establish an organization that would provide health care services to migrant workers in the Homestead (Florida) area.
H.A.N.A. was incorporated as a not-for-profit association in August 1985, and has since been serving the Haitian community as well as other minority communities in the South Florida area.
The goals of the association are: 1) To provide Haitian nurses with the opportunity to share and promote the ideas of interest to nursing, and 2) To become effectively involved in issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of the Haitian community of South Florida.
Considering the cultural and ethnic diversity of South Florida, H.A.N.A. networks with other organizations in the community to promote healthcare through culturally sensitive teaching. H.A.N.A. holds annual health fairs for blood pressure and diabetes screening, immunization drives, educational programs on HIV/AIDS, as well as other health concerns. H.A.N.A. works in cooperation with the County Department of Children and Families, the Florida Nurses Association Task Force on Cultural Diversity, Project Medishare of Miami (sponsored by the University of Miami/Department of Family Medicine), which is an organization committed to help reshape the system of delivering health care in Haiti.