Project Press and Announcements

Dr. Paul Farmer and President Hays extol the role of nursing in global health
November 2014


Second wave of Haitian nursing students arrive at Regis College
Boston Haitian Reporter, June 10, 2014


February 2014
1st cohort graduates with the first masters degree in nursing in Haiti granted by the University of Haiti and supported by the Haitian Ministry of Health.

Haiti Masters Graduates outside

President William J. Clinton congratulating the Regis College Haiti Project


June 27, 2012
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund boosts Regis College Haiti Project

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has announced a nearly half-million-dollar grant to Regis College to educate faculty at six Haitian nursing schools. The $463,000 grant was made to Regis’ Haiti Project to assist in providing 24 Haitian educators with master’s degrees in nursing. These nurses, in turn, will be able to pass that education along to 1,650 students each year. The program has a multiplier effect on Haiti by sustaining nursing jobs, promoting healthcare standards, and transforming the health sector, all while filling a need for skilled Haitian health workers.

“All of us who work with Haiti know,” said Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, “that collaboration from inside – from the Haitian Ministry of Health and Haitian universities – is the best kind of collaboration. That is what this Regis international nursing faculty partnership is all about as it educates the educators in nursing in Haiti.”

“Haiti is in dire need of indigenous health workers who are committed to their local communities. Long-term health and economic results can only be achieved by partnering with Haitians to build the health training and service programs that they own, operate in, and use,” said Clinton Bush Haiti Fund board member Senator William H. Frist. Senator Frist is also a thoracic surgeon.

“The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s support of our work is a dream come true,” said Nancy White Street, ScD, RN, Director of the Regis College Haiti Project.  “Thinking back to 2007 when we first travelled to Haiti to complete our on-site needs assessment of nursing in Haiti, and all that we have accomplished and overcome since that time, it is quite extraordinary. I always knew we were doing something very special; although we were a small team, our spirit and conviction were mighty.”

The Haiti Project emerged last year after three years of planning and development. It has evolved with the collaboration of Partners In Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality health care to populations devastated by poverty and disease since 1987. Initial funding for Regis’ Haiti Project included funding from an anonymous donor to PIH and generous support from the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation.

In keeping with the theme of “Building Haiti Back Better,” the Regis College Haiti Project is an “educate the educator” model that is building constructive pathways for nursing education to help build the human infrastructure of Haiti’s health system. The Project supports a sequencing of some classes in Haiti, some online, and some during summer residencies on the Regis campus.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was formed after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti when President Obama asked former President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a fundraising effort to help Haiti build back better. The Fund, which provides grants, loans and equity to organizations promoting sustainable economic development, has also provided significant funding for Partners In Health as a way of improving overall health care. Grants like the one just made to the Regis College Haiti Project are designed to support the Haitian people's efforts to chart their own successful future.


June 27, 2012
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund announces funding of Regis Haiti Project

The Fund made a $463K grant to Regis College to educate faculty at six Haitian nursing schools. The grant will help provide 24 Haitian nurse educators with a master’s degree in nursing. These teachers are expected to pass that education along to 3,300 students over the period of the grant. This program will benefit Haiti for years to come by sustaining nursing jobs, raising healthcare standards, and transforming the health sector, all while filling a need for skilled Haitian health workers.

"Haiti is in dire need of indigenous health workers who are committed to their local communities. Long-term health and economic results can only be achieved by partnering with Haitians to build the health training and service programs that they own, operate in, and use," said Clinton Bush Haiti Fund board member, Senator William H. Frist. Senator Frist is also a thoracic surgeon.


June 18, 2012
Regis College Haiti Project Luncheon

Cardinal Seán and President Hays at center of the Haiti Project Cohort on the veranda of Morrison House
Cardinal Seán and President Hays at center of the Haiti Project Cohort on the veranda of Morrison House

On Monday, June 18, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. and Father Robert Kickham joined Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, and members of the first cohort of the Regis College Haiti Project for lunch in Morrison House on the Regis Campus. Also present were Regis faculty co-ordinators of the Haiti Project including Associate Professor Nancy Street, PhD, Assistant Professor and nurse practitioner, Cherlie Normilus, and Assistant Professor Kellie LaPierre.

Ledge baskets of flowers surround the Morrison House veranda
Ledge baskets of flowers surround the Morrison House veranda

Comprised of twelve nursing faculty from different nursing schools around Haiti, the cohort is in its fourth semester this summer working toward completion of a Master’s in nursing. During the fall and spring, Regis faculty go to Haiti to conduct other components of the program. The second cohort will come to campus next summer, and each successive cohort will help educate the next one.

Members of the Haiti Project Cohort sing one of their lovely hymns
Members of the Haiti Project Cohort sing one of their lovely hymns

The Haitian nursing faculty sang several hymns for the Cardinal at the beginning and ending of the luncheon, and he kindly gave the group his blessing. Cardinal Seán is a member of the Haiti Project Advisory Board.

Cardinal Seán and President Hays at center of the Haiti Project Cohort on the veranda of Morrison House
Cardinal Seán rotated among the three tables to parlez with the nursing faculty in French. Next to him on his right is Claire Street who has helped with translation of documents

The Regis College Haiti Project is helping to rebuild the human infrastructure of Haiti as that country struggles out of the devastation of its 2010 earthquake when, for example 100 nursing students and several of their faculty members in Port Au Prince were instantly killed. Regis is collaborating with the Haitian Ministry of Health and with Notre Dame d’Haiti, the Catholic university of Haiti, in this project.  The project developed after President Hays, then Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, worked with Partners in Health in 2007-2008 to conduct a needs assessment in Haiti and learned directly from Haitian nursing leaders how much they needed more advanced nursing education.

Cardinal Seán and President Hays at center of the Haiti Project Cohort on the veranda of Morrison House
Cardinal Seán rotated among the three tables to parlez with the nursing faculty in French. Next to him on his right is Claire Street who has helped with translation of documents

Cohort

  • Daniella Bien-Aime
  • Jocelyn Mayas
  • Christine Neptune
  • Darline Bossuet
  • Rita Metayer
  • Jeanne Lucie Sincere
  • Germaine Laine-Pierre
  • Guerda Romelus
  • Esther Joseph
  • Caneline Brice
  • Myrmonde Amazan
  • Erlande Benjamin

Faculty/Staff Present

  • Associate Professor and Director of the Haiti Project, Nancy White Street, PhD
  • Assistant Professor Cherlie Normilus
  • Assistant Professor Kelley La Pierre
  • Special Assistant to the President, M. J. Doherty, PhD

Translators

  • Claire Street
  • Suze Theodat

Why Nurses Are the Unsung Heroes of Global Health
The Huffington Post, May 2012

Hope for Haitian recovery [no longer available]
Boston Herald, April 2012


Learn About The Haiti Project As We Remember The Earthquake Anniversary:

ON Haitian Radio Host Serge Valme and Regis Faculty Member Cherlie Normilus on WNTN 1550 live on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. and ON CHANNEL 7 TV on SUNDAY, January 15, 2012:

In anticipation of the anniversary of the earthquake, Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, and faculty members Nancy Street, Director of the Regis Haiti Project, and Nurse Practitioner Cherlie Normilus were interviewed in late December by Alberto Vasallo at Channel 7 TV (WHDH), an NBC affiliate, for “Urban Update,” a multi-cultural program that examines news events and issues that have a broad impact on New England's minority communities. The program on the Regis College Haiti Project will air this coming Sunday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Haiti Project News: Haitian Independence Day Gala.

On behalf of the Regis College Haiti Project, faculty member Cherlie Normilus and her husband Jules attended the 11th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala organized by The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) and held in Boston on January 7, 2012 to celebrate the victory of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution, to honor Haiti’s ancestors, and to commemorate the 208th anniversary of the Proclamation of Haiti’s Independence. At the gala H.A.U. honored U.S. Senator John F. Kerry for his steadfast support to the earthquake victims in both the U.S. and Haiti and Britney Gengel's family for continuing the mission of their daughter who died in the 2010 earthquake during a voyage to help the children of Haiti. The keynote speaker was Regis friend Karen Keating Ansara, Co-Founder of The Haitian Fund at The Boston Foundation, who presented "A Reflection on The Boston Foundation Work to Help in Haiti's Reconstruction: What Each of Us Can Do Individually or Corporately to Support the Country."


Future Haitian Nurse Leaders visit BWH
BWH Nurse, September 2011

Summer school for healers - Nursing teachers from Haiti study US methods at Regis
Boston Globe, July 2011

Heller Alum Champions Nurses, Geriatrics and Haiti [no longer available]
Heller Alumni, Fall 2010

Regis College continues its outreach to Haiti
Weston Town Crier, January 2010

Haiti Takes a Page from Regis’s Book
Nursing Spectrum, December 2008

Regis Reaches Out to Haitian Nurses
Regis Today, Spring 2008

Nurses build skills in Boston
Haitian Reporter, July 2008

 

Contact

Regis College Haiti Project
College Hall 112
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
781-768-7007

President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Project Lead Advisor

Nancy White Street, ScD, PNP, BC

Executive Director

Cherlie Normilus, MSN, RN, FNP, BC

Director of Advocacy & Policy

Alexis Przybylski Lawton

Director of Communications & Administration

Christina Duggan

Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement
235 Wellesley Street, Box 30
Weston, MA 02493
781-768-7228

Regis College Haiti Project: Press