Coronavirus Coverage and the Haitian Community

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Haitian-American Essential Workers Hit With A Double-Whammy

By Macollvie J. Neel

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Health Workers In Haiti Play Critical Role Stemming False Information

In Haiti, thousands of health care workers are making an effort to educate community members about coronavirus and dispel common misconceptions. While a lack of education on the virus has contributed to many of these misconceptions, technology has facilitated the spread of false information, as it has throughout the world. Continue reading

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ICE Raids, Deportations Impact Haitian Community During Pandemic

In Haiti, the economic lives of millions depend on daily transactions, often via the vast informal economy. Despite educational efforts designed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, many mistrust the messaging from the government, which faces limited resources to stem the pandemic. Medical workers fear the lack of social distancing could overwhelm the country’s unequipped health care system.  Continue reading

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On The Front Lines: A Haitian-American Doctor Works Around The Clock To Save Brooklyn Lives From Coronavirus

Dr. Tamara Moise, a Haitian-American emergency room doctor who opened the first Black-owned Urgent Care Center in Brooklyn, has been working around the clock to help save lives from the deadly virus. Continue reading

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Haitian Business Coalition To Assist Restaurateurs, Small Businesses During Crisis

“It’s an unprecedented incident that is happening, nobody has that magic wand to say ‘that’s what’s supposed to be happening,’ except that if we can go through it together, we can teach each other how to deal with it,” said Jensen Desrosiers, former owner of the now-closed Tonel Restaurant & Lounge, who helped lead the effort to form the coalition. Continue reading

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Social Distancing: A Luxury Haiti’s Poor Cannot Afford

In Haiti, the economic lives of millions depend on daily transactions, often via the vast informal economy. Despite educational efforts designed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, many mistrust the messaging from the government, which faces limited resources to stem the pandemic. Medical workers fear the lack of social distancing could overwhelm the country’s unequipped health care system.  Continue reading

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Haitian community leaders form task force to address coronavirus crisis

Seeing the need to educate and serve those most impacted, members of the Haitian-American Alliance of New York (HAA) have assembled a coalition of medical professionals, nonprofits, businesses, churches and volunteers. The newly formed Haitian-American COVID-19 Task Force includes active and retired physicians in multiple fields of medicine who will serve as a resource to Haitian-Americans, as well as the community at large. Continue reading

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Haitians Join Millions Across New York In Preparing For Rapid Spread Of Coronavirus

“Everyone needs to take reasonable precautions and prevent panic but people need to be well informed. For a large portion of the Haitian community where English is a second language, health guidelines need to be relayed both in English and in Creyole. The information can be given in Haitian Creole and French if they want it,” Pierre said. Continue reading

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New York’s Haitian Community Braces For More Disruption As Coronavirus Infections Skyrocket

Efforts are underway in the Haitian community in New York to set up outreach efforts through Facebook and WhatsApp as well as other media sources to spread information about coronavirus in Creole. Other local leaders also want to set up food drives through churches and medical resources to help those who may be fearful of seeking help through official outlets. Continue reading

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