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  • Mon, April 19, 2021 11:09 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Press Release for Immediate Release -

    The Legacy of HANA of Florida continues as the Outgoing 16th President - Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSNEd, APN, RN passed on the Florence Nightgale Lamp to the Incoming 17th President - Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC at the 37th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Hybrid Gala of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA) was very memorable and successful with a limited number of guests - 70 attendees at the Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel due to COVID-19 prevention CDC guidelines and social distancing by having the other attendees were live via Zoom. This year’s theme is HANA: Leading. Excelling and Innovating Beyond Limits. Eighteen (18) Scholarships were awarded to nursing students from accredited schools from South Florida and in Haiti. The gala was memorable and historic because of Mme President Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSNEd, APN, RN and her Team/members led and served passionately in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic as she faced many challenges during her presidency such as Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic. Mrs. Louis-Magiste’s primary goal as the 16th President of HANA of Florida was to revamp the health educational programs via TV & Radio talk shows to educate and promote health. We are happy to report that she has met her goal by bringing back “Koze Sante with HANA” via radio on WSRF 1580 AM every Saturday morning at 11:00 am and TV show on Island TV Channel 578 on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM sponsored by The Miami Foundation, United Front, Moorehouse College of Medicine and Primary Care Medical Center as she serves as one of the new Co-Hosts addressing chronic diseases, COVID-19 prevention, education on vaccination, and mental health impact of COVID-19 on nurses and the community. Under her tutelage, HANA had its first Healthy Heart Walk & Wellness Fair in conjunction with heart disease awareness and prevention month addressing the importance of maintain healthy heart and disease prevention. HANA also sponsored and participated in the 2020 Mental Health Summit held in Haiti in collaboration with Rebati Sante Mental, Inc. Mrs. Louis-Magiste quickly adapt to technology using the Zoom platform to keep members and the community engaged in the midst of the pandemic. “I would like to reinforce and stress the importance of getting tested for COVID19, being vaccinated, and staying healthy physically and mentally to protect your health, family, and your community”, said President Louis-Magiste. Another important goal for her was to strengthen her relationship with HANA’s 11 Chapters through mutual respect, trust, and unity involvement as we embarked on the new journey with HANA International to maintain the legacy of this prestigious organization, and she has accomplished that goal and will continue to remain engaged in HANA-I.

    Mme President Louis-Magiste presented the 2021 Honorees and Award Recipients: Marjorie Lozama, MSNEd, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CDMS - HANA Wall of Fame for her tireless efforts and outstanding contribution to the nursing profession and maintaining HANA’s legacy. The 2021 Honorees are: Emmanuela Jean-Baptise, BSN, BS, RN - Recipient of the Beacon of Hope Award; Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Professor in the Educational and Psychological Studies department at University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development; Secretary General of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Association; and Co-Founder of Ayiti Community Trust - Recipient of HANA’s Humanitarian Award; Shalom Community Church Broward Campus - Faith in Action Award, Leonie Hermantin, JD

    Community Action Award;

    City of North Miami - Community Action. Special thanks and appreciation for the unwavering support and financial contribution received from Leonie Hermantin towards HANA’s Scholarship in Memory of the Beloved Mrs. Warda Scott Mehu, Former Dean of the School of Nursing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Our special thanks also go to the Scott Family. HANA awarded the Rookie of the Year - Katiana Blaise, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, the 2021 Nurse of the Year - Myrnelle D. Fleur-Aime, MSN-APRN, FNP-BC and the Advisor of the year award given to Prinston Jean-Glaude, CEO and Co-Owner of Primary Medical Care Centers.

    Last but not least, the Board of Directors congratulated and honored the outgoing President 2019-2021 Pauline Louis-Magiste with a plaque and medal - the Unsung Hero & Outstanding Leader in In appreciation of her outstanding commitment, dedication and immeasurable contribution and service to the community & HANA in the midst of COVID-19 global pandemic.

    HANA welcomed the 2021-2023 Executive Board Members: Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, President, Katiana St. Thomas Azemar, MSNEd, RN - 1st Vice-President, Myrnelle D. Fleur-Aime, MSN-APRN, FNP-BC - 2nd Vice-President, Nimrode Toussaint, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC - Treasurer, Katiana Blaise, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN, Nancy Henri, MSNEd, APRN, FNP - Assistant Treasurer, and Pepita Jean, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, BMTCN- Assistant Secretary who took their oath to office as they were sworn in by the The Honorable Judge Phoebee R. Francois, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The gala was amazingly beautiful! Excellent entertainment provided by D.J. Francois. Special thanks to all the HANA Chapters who were in attendance to support as we celebrate 37 years of service excellence.

    Special thanks to all the outgoing Executive Board 2019-2021, HANA members, Advisors, all 11 HANA Chapters, the Masters of Ceremony Brother Jude Christophe Simeon & Dr. Odiane H. Medacier, Rev. Dr. Marion Valcin, Senior Pastor of Adonai Baptist Church, Miami, Florida for providing the invocation, Mr. Jeff Lozama, Advisor, HANA Supporters, Volunteers, Donors, Community & Media Leaders for your continued support!

    We appreciate and give thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Petion Law, Primary Medical Care Center, Miami Dade College, Lynn M.Hood, CEO of Principle Healthcare and Baptist Health. Our thanks go to the Silver Sponsors: St. Thomas University College of Science, Technology & Heath and Dr. Rudolph Moise - Comprehensive Medical Aesthetics.

    Click on the below link to view some images from the event.

  • Sun, September 27, 2020 11:11 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Introducing HANA’s BULLETIN, a Monthly Forum for our Members and our community.  This September Issue features Ovarian & Uterine Cancer Awareness, Trelegy Drug Spotlight and a Survivor’s Story. Please share with your friends and Colleagues. Each one teach one. Your health is our number one priority. Next issue, October 2020.    



    Education Committee

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 3:35 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Good afternoon Team HANA.  I am excited to announce that our HANA of Florida YouTube channel is up.  Please visit our YouTube channel, Like, Subscribe, and Share.  Turn on your notification to receive notification when new content is posted.  Do not forget to subscribe and share, share, share!

  • Sun, May 17, 2020 10:57 PM | Pauline Louis-Magiste (Administrator)
    We were all saddened by the fact we had to cancel our 36th Annual Scholarship and Fundraising Gala due COVID-19. Thanks to technology and the generosity of our supporters and sponsors, this past Saturday we were able to conduct our first virtual Scholarship interviews with students from varies nursing schools in South Florida. The recipients will be awarded their scholarships on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. 
  • Fri, May 15, 2020 12:03 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Breaking News!  In celebrating National Nurses Month, the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (HANA) cordially invites you to the “Celebration of 2020 Healthcare Heroes” where Haitian Artists,  Community Leaders, and Public Officials will pay Special Tribute to all Nurses & HANA. Join us at 8:00pm on Saturday, May 23, 2020 via Zoom & Facebook Live! The theme for this special occasion is HANA: Inspiring Hope, Enriching Lives, and Sharing Our Passion to Care”.

    Please join us for this joyous occasion.  We encourage HANA members who wish to participate via Zoom to please register to notify the Chair of Activity.  

    We look forward to celebrating with you.

    HANA Celebration of 2020 Healthcare Heroes

  • Wed, May 06, 2020 8:12 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

  • Fri, April 24, 2020 9:13 AM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Please join us this Saturday, April 25th at 6:00 PM via Facebook Live for Koze Sante with HANA. Topic of discussion: COVID-19: MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT.  https://www.facebook.comHANAofFlorida/

  • Mon, March 16, 2020 4:01 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Amid ongoing concern about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA)’s priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our members, colleagues, friends, and family. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may have at this time. We are monitoring this evolving situation and are following official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with other health officials.

    In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, HANA will postpone all events and activities scheduled for the month of March. This includes our scheduled health fair participation, monthly members and colleagues meeting, advisory board meeting, and scholarship interviews. We will provide updates as new information are communicated.

    Protect yourself by following these preventative measures.

    • Stay home when you are sick 
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Avoid crowds.
    • Keeping a distance of approximately 6 feet from others in crowds. 
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer 
    • Dry hands with a clean towel/paper towel.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching any surface. 
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 
    • Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces often 
    • Call before visiting your doctor 

    For more information regarding COVID 19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s or World Health Organization’s (WHO) website.  

  • Thu, March 12, 2020 7:42 PM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Health Alert Network logo.

    HAN Health Update

    Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
    March 08, 2020, 8:20 PM ET

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

    This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update highlights guidance and recommendations for evaluating and identifying patients who should be tested for COVID-19 that were shared on March 4, 2020, on the CDC COVID-19 website at It supersedes the guidance and recommendations provided in CDC’s HAN 428 distributed on February 28, 2020.

    The outbreak that began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, has now spread throughout China and to 101 other countries and territories, including the United States. As of March 8, 2020, there were more than 105,000 cases reported globally. In addition to sustained transmission in China, there is now community spread in several additional countries. CDC has updated travel guidance to reflect this information (

    As of March 7, 2020, there were a total of 213 cases within the United States, of which, 49 were among repatriated persons from high-risk settings. Among the other 164 cases that were diagnosed in the United States, 36 were among persons with a history of recent travel in China or other affected areas, and 18 were persons in close contact with another confirmed COVID-19 patient (i.e., person-to-person spread); 110 cases are currently under investigation. During the week of February 23, community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 was reported in California in two places, Oregon, and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first reported case of COVID-19 in a healthcare worker, and the first outbreak in a long-term care facility. The first death due to COVID-19 was also reported from Washington; there have now been 11 reported deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19. As of March 7, 2020, COVID-19 cases had been reported by 19 states. CDC will continue to work with state and local health departments, clinicians, and laboratorians to identify and respond to other cases of COVID-19, especially those with an unknown source of infection, to limit further community spread. The most recent update describing COVID-19 in the United States can be found at

    Recognizing persons who are at risk for COVID-19 is a critical component of identifying cases and preventing further transmission. With expanding spread of COVID-19, additional areas of geographic risk are being identified and the criteria for considering testing are being updated to reflect this spread. In addition, with increasing access to testing, the criteria for testing for COVID-19 have been expanded to include more symptomatic persons, even in the absence of travel history to affected areas or known exposure to another case, to quickly detect and respond to community spread of the virus in the United States.

    Criteria to Guide Evaluation and Laboratory Testing for COVID-19
    Clinicians should work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories. In addition, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), is becoming available in clinical laboratories. This additional testing capacity will allow clinicians to consider COVID-19 testing for a wider group of symptomatic patients.

    Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever1 and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Priorities for testing may include:

    1. Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
    2. Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults (age ≥ 65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
    3. Any persons including healthcare personnel2, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact3 with a suspect or laboratory-confirmedCOVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas5 (see below) within 14 days of their symptom onset.

    There are epidemiologic factors that may also help guide decisions about COVID-19 testing. Documented COVID-19 infections in a jurisdiction and known community transmission may contribute to an epidemiologic risk assessment to inform testing decisions. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness (e.g., influenza).

    Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.

    International Areas with Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission
    Last updated March 8, 2020

    Recommendations for Reporting, Laboratory Testing, and Specimen Collection
    Clinicians should immediately implement recommended infection prevention and control practices ( if a patient is suspected of having COVID-19. They should also notify infection control personnel at their healthcare facility and their state or local health department if it is suspected that a patient may have COVID-19. State health departments that have identified a person suspected of having COVID-19 or a laboratory-confirmed case should complete a PUI and Case Report form through the processes identified on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 website ( If specimens are sent to CDC for laboratory testing, state and local health departments can contact CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 for assistance with obtaining, storing, and shipping, including after hours, on weekends, and holidays.

    Guidance for the identification and management of potentially exposed contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 can be found in Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposures: Geographic Risk and Contacts of Laboratory-confirmed Cases (

    Separate guidance for the management of potentially exposed contacts of a COVID-19 case who are healthcare personnel is provided in Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (

    For initial diagnostic testing for COVID-19, CDC recommends collecting and testing upper respiratory tract specimens (nasopharyngeal AND oropharyngeal swabs). CDC also recommends testing lower respiratory tract specimens, if available. For patients who develop a productive cough, sputum should be collected and tested for SARS-CoV-2. The induction of sputum is not recommended. For patients for whom it is clinically indicated (e.g., those receiving invasive mechanical ventilation), a lower respiratory tract aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage sample should be collected and tested as a lower respiratory tract specimen. Specimens should be collected as soon as possible once a person has been identified for testing, regardless of the time of symptom onset. See Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 ( and Biosafety FAQs for handling and processing specimens from suspected cases and PUIs (

    1Fever may be subjective or confirmed

    2For healthcare personnel, testing may be considered if there has been exposure to a person with suspected COVID-19 without laboratory confirmation. Because of their often extensive and close contact with vulnerable patients in healthcare settings, even mild signs and symptoms (e.g., sore throat) of COVID-19 should be evaluated among potentially exposed healthcare personnel. Additional information is available in CDC’s Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (

    3Close contact is defined as—

    • a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
    • – or –
    • b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)
      If such contact occurs while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g., gowns, gloves, NIOSH-certified disposable N95 respirator, eye protection), criteria for PUI consideration are met.
    • Additional information is available in CDC’s updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings  (
    • Data to inform the definition of close contact are limited. Considerations when assessing close contact include the duration of exposure (e.g., longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk) and the clinical symptoms of the person with COVID-19 (e.g., coughing likely increases exposure risk as does exposure to a severely ill patient). Special consideration should be given to healthcare personnel exposed in healthcare settings as described in CDC’s Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with COVID-19 (

    4Documentation of laboratory-confirmation of COVID-19 may not be possible for travelers or persons caring for COVID-19 patients in other countries.

    5Affected areas are defined as geographic regions where sustained community transmission has been identified. For a list of relevant affected areas, see Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel (

    For More Information 

    More information is available at the COVID-19 website:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.


    HAN Message Types

    • Health Alert: Conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
    • Health Advisory: Provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.
    • Health Update: Provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.
    • Info Service: Provides general information that is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

    This message was distributed to state and local health officers, state and local epidemiologists, state and local laboratory directors, public information officers, HAN coordinators, and clinician organizations.

  • Sun, March 08, 2020 1:11 AM | Myrnelle Fleur-Aime (Administrator)

    BREAKING NEWS!  HB 7053 and HB 607 Passed  out of the Florida House of Representatives.  This bill expands access to APRN provided care. Next we wait for the Senate bill.  If you haven't sent emails to your Senators please do so through this link

    Also share this link with your family, friends, and others!

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