Haitian Mental Health Conference May 5

The Haitian Mental Health (HMH) Network and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) have joined to present Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community: Cultural Condsiderations for Developing a Broad Clinical and Research Agenda. This conference is happening Saturday, May 5 from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the MSPP and will bring together health care experts, researchers, educators, clinicians, and community advocates whose work can inform the development of a comprehensive agenda for Haitian mental health in Massachusetts and beyond. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Guerda Nicolas (Associate Professor/University of Miami) and Dr. Ronald Jean-Jacques (President/Haitian Psychological Association). Admission is $120 which includes lunch and counts as 6 CE credits. Please read after the break for list of presentations and contact information. >> Read More

Haiti and Black History Month @ UMass Boston Feb. 25

The Haitian Consulate in Boston invites you to celebrate the connection between Haiti and Black History Month in an event featuring panelists Virginius W. Thornton, State Representative Byron Rushing, and Dr. Peniel Joseph. On Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom B. This is a free event! The event will feature music, dance, and an exhibition of paintings.  For more information, contact Beatrice Joseph, Vice-Counsul, at beatrice.joseph [at] diplomatie.ht, or cg.boston [at] diplomatie.ht. You can also contact the Counsul by phone at 617.266.3660 ext. 10 or at 617.266.3707 ext. 18.

Anyone who needs disability accommodations in order to fully participate should visit www.ADA.UMB.EDU.

Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community, May 5

The Haitian Mental Health Network and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) will be hosting an event, "Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community: Cultural Considerations for Developing a Broad Clinical and Research Agenda." The day long event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the MSPP in West Roxbury, MA. The event will feature Keynote speakers Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Associate Professor, University of Miami, and Dr. Ronald Jean-Jacques, President, Haitian Psychological Association. Panel and workshop presentations will include: The impact of historical traumas on the adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the US; the role of cultural belief systems in understanding health-seeking behaviors of Haitian individuals; culturally-bound syndromes and somatic manifestations of mental illness in the Haitian community; the use of art therapy with Haitian children earthquake survivors; and clinical interventions to address Haitian clients' mental health needs.

There will also be a pre-conference Art Exhibition, entitled "When Our Brushes Shook":  The Healing Power of Art.

Sk8 For Haiti Jan. 13 & 14

This MLK weekend, join Groovement for the first annual Sk8 for Haiti event, taking place Friday, January 13, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, January 14th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Matenwa Community Learning Center located in Lagonav, Haiti. "Sk8 for Matenwa" will be a 2 day skate benefit where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Matenwa Community Learning Center. will be taking place at 11 Rhoades St. Suite 15 (Between Blue Hill Ave. and Frontenac Street) in Mattapan, 02124. Admission is $10 a person and on a first come first served basis. For more info, email pierre.actionnaire [at] gmail.com.

Jean-Claude Sanon Birthday / Fundraiser Event Jan. 15

The Haitian American Media and Restaurant Network will be hosting a celebration and fundraiser for Jean-Claude Sanon! Jean-Claude Sanon has worked tirelessly for over 30 years to improve access to social, economic, and legal services within the Boston community. The event will also mark Jean-Claude's campaign kickoff for a city council position. On Sunday, January 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. celebrate at Sant Belvi (Haitian American Adult Day Care) located at 6 Frontenac Street off Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester, MA 02124. For more information, please call 339.645.4849.

Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget: 2nd Annual Haiti Earthquake Memorial Jan. 14

Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget is an event for Boston and Massachusetts’ Haitian community and friends of Haiti to come together to memorialize the victims of the earthquake, and to reflect and agree on collective action. The memorial will feature the poetry of Patrick Sylvain, spiritual reflection by Pastor Zephir, a musical performance by Mendy Toussaint, and more.

The organizing committee, comprised of Haitian-led organizations in Boston, will discuss what has occurred in the past year and how issues of water security and immigration––noted as points of concern by hundreds of 2011 event attendees--have evolved. Physicians for Haiti will deliver a presentation specifically focused on the cholera epidemic.
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Haiti Movie Awards, Nov. 20

MPAH Movie Award

Motion Picture Association of Haiti, Inc. presents the 2011 MPAH Movie Awards, to encourage and honor Haitian filmmakers at home and abroad. The Awards will take place on November 20, 2011, at UMass Boston (100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA.) from 5:30 p.m. on.  In addition to recognized high-achieving films and their creators, the event will feature a series of special awards, including one for humanitarian figures that gave themselves to the cause of Haiti and the earthquake aftermath. Humanitarian Award recipients are Governor Deval Patrick, State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry and actor Jimmy Jean Louis.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $50 at the door.  To learn more, visit www.haitimovieaward.com or call (617)848-9017. Purchase tickets online at http://2011haitimovieaward.eventbrite.com/ for only $25 before October 1st, 2011.

IJDH Office Opening Event, Sep. 14

A great friend to Haiti has a new home! Join the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to celebrate the establishment of a Boston-based headquarters. Come mingle with members of the Boston Haitian community and non-Haitians supporting Haitians’ fight for justice at home and in the United States, including activists, lawyers, advocates, healthcare professionals and political leaders. The office is located at 666 Dorchester Ave, South Boston, MA 02127. Please RSVP to info@ijdh.org with "office opening" in the subject line.

"Together with Haiti" Community Event, Jul. 29

Still HarborStill Harbor will hold "Together with Haiti: An evening of community inspiration and sharing" on July 29, 2011. The organization, an affiliate of Partners in Health, seeks to cultivate thriving Haitian communities here in Boston and throughout Haiti. The event, a reception to gather, listen, and share stories, will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 666 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston, MA. If you are moved, bring your own words. Come with a story, poem, image, or inspiration about Haiti to share with the community - or simply with open ears and open mind.

Haitian Youth Authors Tour New England, May 19 - June 28

The Mystic Learning Center and Somerville Arts Council announce the "Books of Hope" Mystic Ink Tour #2. Hear young Haitian authors read their work across New England from May 19 – June 28, 2011. The Somerville Library (79 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA) will launch the series with a Book Release Party on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Another local highlight is “Art Is Life Itself,” a 7 p.m. session at the Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA on Thursday, May 26. For more information contact L. Soul Brown, Director, Books of Hope at 617-640-0252 or griothouse@aol.com. You can also read after the break for a tour schedule and specifics regarding program content. >> Read More

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