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Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus to Host the Haitian American Nurses Association’s Third Annual Leadership Convention April 10-11

Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Saint-Remy Martelly to deliver closing Gala’s keynote address

Miami, April 7, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will host the Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Florida’s Third Annual Leadership Convention April 10 – 11 at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Featuring lectures, abstract presentations, Leadership Institute sessions, and more, the goal of this year’s convention is to mobilize Haitian nurses as local and international change agents. MDC Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya will help kick-off the convention with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, Haiti’s Minister of Health, will deliver the keynote speech at 1:20 p.m., Friday, April 10.

The convention, sponsored by MDC, will transform, engage and empower generations of nurses, while addressing professional practices, global health, nursing education in Haiti, as well as analyzing and integrating the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

HANA will close out the convention with its 30th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, located at 1109 Brickell Ave, where Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Saint-Remy Martelly will deliver the keynote address. The gala’s theme is HANA: Celebrating 30 years of Collaboration, Excellence, Service, and Commitment. The Platinum Sponsors are Miami Dade College and American Airlines.

Emmy-winning reporter and Local 10 News co-anchor Calvin Hughes will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, where the organization will honor its founders, past presidents and chapter presidents of the association. Two nursing students from Haiti and six deserving nursing students from accredited nursing schools in Florida will be awarded scholarships.

HANA is a non-profit membership organization, established in 1984 to provide nurses the opportunity to unite as a group, to share and provide ideas of interest, and to become effectively involved with the issues and services relevant to the health and welfare of communities in Florida and abroad. HANA fosters awareness and commitment to providing excellent nursing services. Additionally, the organization strives to increase enrollment of nursing students through education and mentoring, as well as creating community networking opportunities for its members.

HANA’s Third Annual Leadership Convention

  • WHEN: Thursday, Apr. 10, 9:00 AM - Friday, Apr. 11, 5:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, Room 3210 (Building 3, Second Floor) 300 NE Second Ave.

For more information, contact MDC Nursing Professor Dr. Marie Etienne, convention chair, at or 305-237-4288. To register for the convention or purchase tickets for the gala,visit, call 305-609-7498 or e-mail                                            

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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