Family Medicine

Haitian immigrants, for the most part, come from areas of Haiti where health care is a luxury that is afforded to a few, rather than a right available to the majority of citizens. Immigration to the U.S, however, does not eliminate health care access barriers, even though more resources are available. The low socioeconomic status, cultural stressors and other ecological factors suffered by immigrants continue to create barriers to adequate health care. In addition, Haitian immigrants lack information about the U.S. health care system and may not be eligible for benefits from insurers such as Medicare and Medicaid even under the Health Care Act (Obamacare).


Other factors such as illiteracy, language difficulties, cultural differences, and certain beliefs and practices also constitute major barriers to health care access for this population. Lastly, the stereotyping of Haitians by other ethnic groups contributes to keeping many Haitian immigrants from seeking health care from existing traditional institutions where few culturally sensitive programs are in place to address these barriers. The Center for Haitian Studies, Health and Human Services provides urgently needed, culturally competent primary care services designed to decrease the growing number of Little Haiti residents who may delay seeking health care, resulting in the worsening of treatable conditions or resort to emergency rooms for conditions that could be easily treated at the primary care level. Services available at the Center include: physical examination, health education, immunizations, cholesterol screening, blood sugar screening, blood pressure control, pregnancy testing, breast examination, vision screening, HIV testing/counseling, pediatric services and referrals to specialty care. Since the earthquake of 2010, there has been a notable increase in the need for mental health and pediatric services. At CHS, health care services are provided by highly qualified, culturally competent medical professionals from local universities, hospitals and community health care centers.




UM OB/GYN Clerkship

CHS offers a culturally competent clerkship in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3rd Year medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM).
Students are assigned by the Director of Clerkship Rotation at Department of OBGYN. Read More...

Serving the Underserved (VIDEO)

CHS is featured on Miamigration a website dedicated to showing the New Miami as defined through the immigrant experience Click to Watch

Pediatric Care

University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic. Services are provided every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and occasionally on Thursday.For more information, please contact CHS at 305-757-9555. Read More...

The Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) is a duly registered 501c3 organization, tax-exempt health and social service organization founded in 1988 for the purpose of serving the disenfranchised populations of Little Haiti/Little River in Miami, Florida.

Tel: +1(305) 757 9555

Fax: +1(305) 756 8023

Center For Haitian Studies
8260 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138