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Founded in 1988, The Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services (CHS) is a community-based non-profit corporation Read More...
 

Community Projects

Haitian immigrants, for the most part, come from areas of Haiti where health care is a luxury that is afforded to a few, Read More...
 

OB/GYN Specialty Clinic

A significant number of low-income women living in underserved pockets of Miami’s Little Haiti/Little River area Read More...
 

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To schedule a visit. Services are provided Monday through Friday - 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

The Center for Haitian Studies, Health, and Human Services, Inc. (CHS) is a duly registered Florida non-profit Corporation which provides health and social services to the underserved populations of Miami-Dade County. CHS was founded in 1988 and since then has provided services to thousands of families living in the Little Haiti/Little River and North Miami Dade areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida. In keeping with its mission, CHS provides a wide range of services including health education, research, primary health care, obstetrical and gynecological care, pediatric care and mental health care services.

Over the years, CHS has received millions of dollars in grants from various federal, state and local entities and private funding sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Community Development Block Grant,  the University of Miami Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation, the Dade Community Foundation, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Greater Miami Health Education and Training Center (GMHETC). As early as 1989, CHS was renowned as the main provider of HIV/AIDS-related services to Haitian Americans living in Miami-Dade County. It served as a unique resource center for the provision of direct support services to the population of Little Haiti/Little River affected by HIV/AIDS.

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The Center for Haitian Studies, Health & Human Services is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax exempt organization registered in the state of Florida. Donations are tax deductible.

The Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) is a duly registered non-profit, tax-exempt health and social service organization founded in 1988 for the purpose of serving the disenfranchised populations of Little Haiti/Little River in Miami, Florida. In keeping with its mission, CHS provides a wide range of services to members of the population including health education, health services free of charge to indigents, psychosocial counseling, case management, home-delivered meals, food bank, direct financial assistance and transportation. Other services provided by the Center for Haitian Studies to the general population include crime prevention, literacy, case management, cultural adaptation and counseling services for new immigrants who arrived in Florida after 1994. Over the past seventeen year, CHS has received more than twenty million dollars in grants from various federal, state and local entities such as the Centers for Disease Control, Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Community Development Block Grant, HOPWA, the University of Miami Area Health Education, the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation and the Dade Community Foundation. As early as of 1989, the Center for Haitian Studies was renown as the main provider of HIV/AIDS-related services to Haitian Americans living in Dade County and has become a unique resource center for the provision of direct support services to the underserved population of Little Haiti/Little River affected by HIV/AIDS.


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CHS conducts one-to-one and group education sessions in the local area. These sessions provide vital information about HIV prevention as well as care and treatment for infected and affected individuals. Sessions are conducted in public places including laundromats, churches, schools, etc., as well as in private homes

 


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CHS conducts HIV Antibody testing as well as pre and post test counseling using ORASURE on a walk-in basis and by appointment with a certified counselor. This service is offered by CHS and   is not funded by any private or government entity. Specimens are sent to the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County Health Department lab.

 


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CHS, in collaboration with the Department of Community Service (DOCS) of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine conducts an annual health fair on the grounds of CHS.  This health fair attracts between 300 and 500 members of the community who, for the most part, have no other means of receiving this type of specialized care from the best specialists in South Florida.

In January 2013, the Bascolm Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) began to organize a series of very successful screening sessions for glaucoma at CHS.  A significant number of adults seen during these screening sessions were being examined by an eye care specialist for the first time in their lives and were in urgent need of eye care.

CHS community health workers also participate in health fairs across South Florida. During these health fairs, CHS staff members distribute educational materials, make presentations, and conduct HIV Counseling and Testing. For information about the next health fair, please contact us at 305-757-9555.


info slide1CHS conducts 2 weekly one-hour radio programs addressing health issues faced by the Haitian population of South Florida.  These weekly shows are hosted by Creole-speaking Haitian American physicians and health care professionals.  These shows are aired on Radio Mega (1700 AM) on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on 1580 AM on Sundays from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  In addition to these popular shows, CHS reaches out to the community via paid service announcements using independent radio contractors and via weekly and bi-monthly Haitian newspapers.

In addition to providing primary health care services, The Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services (CHS) provides health education, research, community outreach services and medical education to medical students enrolled in local, national and international medical schools. From time to time, CHS participates in community activities which include crime prevention, literacy, case management, cultural projects, counseling and referral services for new immigrants who arrived in South Florida in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

In collaboration with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, CHS currently conducts research on cervical cancer and breast cancer among women living in Little Haiti/Little River. The research:

    a.    examines risk factors for breast cancer and cervical cancer among Haitian women living in Miami, and,
    b.    identifies barriers to prevention and early detection of cancer among these women.

Health Education Programming

CHS conducts 2 weekly one-hour radio programs addressing health issues faced by the Haitian population of South Florida Read more...

Reaching Out

These shows are aired on Radio Mega (1700 AM) and on WSRF (580 AM). In addition to these popular shows, CHS reaches out to the community via paid service announcements using independent radio contractors and via weekly and bi-monthly Haitian newspapers. Read More...

HIV Testing & Counseling

This service is offered by CHS and is not funded by any private or government entity. Read more...

HIV Antibody Testing

CHS conducts HIV Antibody testing as well as pre and post test counseling using ORASURE on a walk-in basis and by appointment with a certified counselor Read More..

Specialized Health Care

CHS, in collaboration with the Department of Community Service (DOCS) of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine conducts an annual health fair on the grounds of CHS. Read more...

Health Fairs

CHS conducts one-to-one and group education sessions in the local area. These sessions provide vital information about HIV prevention as well as care and treatment for infected and affected individuals. Sessions are conducted  Read More..

HIV/AIDS Outreach Education

CHS conducts one-to-one and group education sessions in the local area. Read more...

Preventing HIV

These sessions provide vital information about HIV prevention as well as care and treatment for infected and affected individuals Read More..

CHS Radio-Television

Welcome to CHS Community Outreach Radio.

UM OB/GYN Clerkship

CHS offers a culturally competent clerkship in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3rd Year medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM).
Students are assigned by the Director of Clerkship Rotation at Department of OBGYN. Read More...

Pediatric Care

University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic. Services are provided every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and occasionally on Thursday.For more information, please contact CHS at 305-757-9555. Read More...

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Academic Affiliations

+ Health Services


Haitian immigrants, for the most part, come from areas of Haiti where health care is a luxury that is afforded to a few, rather than a right available to the majority of citizens. Immigration to the U.S, however, does not eliminate health care access barriers, even though more resources are available. The low socioeconomic status, cultural stressors Read More...

+ Medical Education


The massive immigration of Cubans and Haitians to South Florida during the 1970s  created a new challenge for health care professionals in South Florida. It resulted in the need for providers of medical education to modify their approach to medical training to reflect the cultural diversity of South Florida. The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic Read More...

+ The early days of HIV/AIDS


As the AIDS epidemic took its toll on the multi-ethnic community of South Florida, a high rate of HIV infection was observed among Haitians living in Miami-Dade County. Confusion about the causes of these cases among Haitians led scientists and the general public to consider "being Haitian" as a risk factor for contracting and transmitting HIV Read More...

The Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) is a duly registered 501c3 organization, tax-exempt health and social service organization founded in 1988 for the purpose of serving the disenfranchised populations of Little Haiti/Little River in Miami, Florida.

Tel: +1(305) 757 9555

Fax: +1(305) 756 8023

Center For Haitian Studies
8260 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138