Organizational History

The Haitian American Nurses Association was founded by Alice Casimir and Jacqueline Dasque in 1984. These two nursing professionals developed the association with the distinctive vision to provide care to migrant workers in Homestead, Fl. However, as time prevailed, the association grew to encompass additional services and resources.  Having existed for almost 35 years, the Haitian American Nurses Association reach extends far and wide.

What Drives H.A.N.A.

Our Vision

HANA’s vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally as a world class nursing organization. HANA believes that every nurse has the ability to serve, lead, educate, and empower others towards a healthier life, and be a catalyst for change.



The purpose of this association is to:

  •  Provide nurses the opportunity to unite as a group.
  • Share and promote ideas of interest to the group
  • Become effectively involved with the issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of the community locally and abroad.
  • Empower members to become effective, culturally competent leaders and caring.



  • Autonomy
  • Compassion
  • Competency
  • Development
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Positive Influence


  • Encourage continued education by providing nursing scholarships and CEU’s for nurses sponsor educational program and conferences for nurses actively participated in decision-making affecting the health and welfare of the disenfranchised communities.
  • Assist nurses in maintaining standards and effectiveness through networking activities.
  • Organize, implement, and participate in international medical missions.
  • Assist foreign trained nurses to obtain licensure in their state of practice.
  • Help reduce health disparities among underserved population by promoting health maintenance using evidenced-based practice.
  • Coordinate and participate in community health fairs.

Chapter History

The Haitian American Nurses Association of Orlando, Inc. was founded by Wendy Joseph, MSN/Ed. RN-BC in 2016 after Hurricane Mathew destroyed the Haiti. In watching countless footage of the destruction, the thought of the aftermath would affect the infrastructure and health of the Haitian people was prevalent. As many came to the aid of the country, it was through these efforts to assist that the conceptualized and development of an Orlando chapter advanced.

The Haitian American Nurses Association of Orlando was officially incorporated on January 23, 2017 and received 501 (c) 3 designation on April 24, 2018.

The Our founding board members include:

Wendy Joseph MSN/Ed, RN-BC (President)

Chrissy Jean MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (Vice President)

Lajuana Campbell MSN/Ed., CCRN-RN (Treasurer)

Marteng Adolphe BSN, RN (Assistant Secretary)

Yvanne Belanstan MSN, APRN, FNP-C (Assistant Treasurer)

Yvose Hyppolite, BSN, RN, PCCN (Secretary)