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.
CHS OB/GYN SPECIALTY CLINIC
A significant number of low-income women living in Miami’s Little Haiti/Little River area are unemployed and uninsured. The CHS OB/GYN Clinic is the only free community clinic they can access for basic gynecological and obstetrical care. Patients with abnormal pap smears and those who are diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer continue to have difficulty accessing the specialty services required for their care. CHS relies on its partnership with the Jackson Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to refer its patients for follow-up care beyond basic screening and diagnosis
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:
- examines risk factors for breast cancer and cervical cancer among Haitian women living in Miami, and,
- identifies barriers to prevention and early detection of cancer among these women.
CHS 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.
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.
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.
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