230729 A Call to Action: Assessing priorities and limitations of the Haitian Diaspora in the reconstruction of Haiti

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Vinita Oberoi , Department of International Health and Development, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Luis Capuchina , Department of Interntional Health and Development, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Haitian Diaspora in the United States has the opportunity to be a significant player in the rebuilding of Haiti. Educated and skilled Diaspora leaders maintain a dual perspective of life in Haiti and the United States. Acting under a unified agenda, the Haitian Diaspora can provide an vital Haitian voice as the United States government makes policy decisions for the long-term reconstruction of Haiti. This study uses a survey (n=100) to 1. Aggregate development and health priorities in the rebuilding of Haiti 2. Identify perceived barriers to the Diaspora's influence and 3. Illuminate channels for influencing policy and development activity in Haiti. The survey targets Haitian-American college students, and educated Haitians living in the United States. Responses are aggregated into quantifiable data that Diaspora leaders can use to stimulate public dialogue and political engagement concerning Haiti's long-term reconstruction. This dialogue can influence the United States-based Haitian Diaspora to become an influential advocate for friends, family and neighbors still living in Haiti in order to ensure that rebuilding efforts persist in creating a more socially just Haiti.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
The learner will: 1. Be able to describe Haitian Diaspora priorities and limitations concerning the reconstruction of Haiti. 2. Identify potential mechanisms to integrate the United States-based Haitian Diaspora in policy decisions regarding Haiti.

Keywords: Public Policy, Needs Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My undergraduate studies in International Relations have given me insights into the importance of Diasporas worldwide. In addition, I am in the process of learning to create and conduct surveys related to public health in a graduate-level academic course.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.