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Helping New Yorkers Affected by Haiti’s Earthquake

Following the devastating earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti, in January 2010, NYSHealth staff immediately asked whether our organization could find a way to help that was consistent with our mission to improve the health of New Yorkers.

Staff members reached out to local and national funders and community-based organizations to explore opportunities to help meet the immediate needs of the local Haitian population—many of whom still have family or had lost loved ones in Haiti—as well as newcomers displaced by the earthquake and adjusting to life in New York.

It quickly became clear that there was an unmet need for health care and mental health services, particularly in the Haitian communities of Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Rockland County. For regional impact, the Foundation awarded grants to three organizations providing health and social services in these areas. NYSHealth became a supporting partner in two funding collaboratives (The New York City Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund and the Long Island Haitian Support Fund) and awarded a grant to the HACSO Community Center.

Learn more about the projects, and read NYSHealth’s President and CEO James R. Knickman’s perspective on the Foundation’s approach to these investments.