Haitian organizations partner with health insurer to share community resources


By Sam Bojarski

From psychological health challenges, to meals insecurity and employment, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the Haitian community. 

A meals distribution at Flatlands Reformed Church. Photo by Sam Bojarski

“There’s a lot of anxiety right now, the biggest issue is about food,” mentioned Yolette Williams, government director  of the Haitian American Alliance (HAA), a nonprofit primarily based in Brooklyn that helps the empowerment of the Haitian-American community. 

To assist Haitian community organizations and leaders share their wants and repair choices amid the coronavirus pandemic, Healthfirst ‒ New York state’s largest nonprofit health insurer ‒ has convened a number of digital boards. The periods, which have occurred the final two Thursdays in July, have included many organizations that serve communities in Long Island. 

In addition to serving to Healthfirst create options, “sometimes what will happen is we will be able to connect dots, so that others who are participating in the forum can say, ‘hey this is something we can address,’” mentioned Miguel Centeno, vice chairman of community engagement at Healthfirst. 


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Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski

Sam Bojarski has been overlaying Haiti and its diaspora for The Haitian Times since 2018. He is at the moment overlaying New York’s Haitian community as a Report for America corps member.

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