Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

Changing Lives - One Person at a Time

aka HHF   |   Norwich, CT   |


The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities in Haiti, through healthcare, education and community development.

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Executive Director

Ms. E. Marilyn Lowney

Main address

97 Sherman Street

Norwich, CT 06360 USA

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Formerly known as

Haitian Dental Foundation, Inc.

Haitian Health Clinic, Inc.



NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Public Health Program (E70)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world (GDP per capita of US$846 in 2014) and most areas in the country are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. HHF serves the country's Southern Peninsula, one of the most impoverished and remote areas, with high rates of maternal and child mortality; childhood diseases including pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition; extremely poor housing and chronic housing shortages; high numbers of children do not attend school; lack of sanitation and infrastructure such as roads, bridges; and growing political instability and anti-government protests over high food prices and corruption. In October, 2016, Hurricane Matthew battered the south of Haiti, which was the most devastating disaster since the 2010 earthquake. The losses in agriculture, livestock and fishing have had a long-term impact on the livelihood of the affected communities, relative to food security and sources of income.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Since its beginnings, HHF has been offering an integrated package of essential health services to over 250,000 people in the Grand’Anse Department of Haiti. We see child, youth and maternal health services as having a critical role in providing early interventions to families within the community. While HHF serves all the members in our catchment area, HHF focuses on reducing maternal and child mortality rates by ensuring that every woman, mother and child receives health services. Doctor, nurses and community health workers work in partnership with parents and caregivers using a strength-based approach to promote the health, social and emotional wellbeing of children, youth and families. Our services are offered in three settings: clinic-based, residential and community health.

Population(s) Served

Across Haiti, many children do not complete even primary school education. School is not free in Haiti, and with families’ income averaging $2 a day, it is not possible for most families to send their children to school without support. HHF assists with the tuition for over 3,000 children per school year to allow them to gain access to the education needed to achieve social and economic success – the chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, and to be productive members of their communities.

The Haitian Health Foundation strives to make education a top priority, and the sponsorships provide an opportunity for many young people to continue to advance their goals for a better life ~ and have the tools they need to bring positive change to their country.

Population(s) Served

For decades, Haiti has experienced social, political, economic, and environmental instability that has severely hindered the country’s development in all sectors. Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere where nearly 90% of poor and 67% of extremely poor households live in rural areas where basic infrastructure such as roads, potable water, and sanitation are absent or non-functional.

Since our beginnings, HHF has been working to improve the access families have to basic infrastructure and support income-generating activities. HHF’s Community Development Program strives to work collaboratively with women, families and others who traditionally have no voice to build vibrant communities across the greater Jérémie area. This is achieved through the promotion of cleaner, safer construction of housing, distribution of goats for the purpose of food security and micro enterprising, and sustainable agriculture practices.

Population(s) Served

The Haitian Health Foundation has found itself leading many life-saving disaster relief efforts during our forty years in Haiti. When disasters strike, we immediately deploy to our affected areas working closely with public health officials, community leaders, and other organizations in the area to identify and prioritize humanitarian needs - providing emergency medical services, serving warm meals, distributing food and hygiene kits, providing trauma counseling, or providing awareness campaigns. We also maintain a presence through the immediate response and recovery phases following an emergency to secure the continuum of care and other services following disasters. For example, following Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and the August 2021 Earthquake, HHF coordinated with the local hospital the delivery of emergency services with medicine, medical supplies, medical personnel assistance, and diesel for the generator, and construction support for the Covid-19 isolation unit at the hospital.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

School is not free in Haiti. Nearly 50% of children do not attend due to poverty. HHF covers school costs so many children can learn to read, write & count.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HHF began operations in Jérémie in 1985, fueled with the desire to provide excellent services to meet the health and dental care needs of the area it serves with five focused areas: 1) primary care, 2) illness prevention 3) health promotion 4) community capacity building, and 5) service integration. Today, HHF not only provides health and dental care, but also sustainable community development strategies, education assistance, and relief services to more than 250,000 people in over 100 rural villages.

HHF's healthcare strategies ensure access to either free or affordable health care that include: perinatal and well-baby care; residential care for severely malnourished children and women with high-risk pregnancies; disease prevention and management; HIV/TB prevention and management, diabetes management; and mental and dental health services, including an extensive school-based oral health education and prevention program. HHF also made it a priority to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the Grande-Anse, working with the local Ministry of Health, with main objectives to improve maternal and newborn care, to increase exclusive breastfeeding, to increase the number of women using family planning methods, to strengthen local organizations' and communities' institutional capacity to implement effective maternal and child health activities, and to advocate for community-based maternal and newborn interventions coupled with a community-supported emergency evacuation system. HHF addresses the principal causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality through maternal/newborn care, breastfeeding and child spacing.

HHF's education program strives to make education a top priority and to expand access to education for the most vulnerable children and young adults in the greater Jeremie region. The program works by directly paying a child's accredited primary school, secondary school, university or trade school tuition and eligible fees.

HHF's development program strives to work collaboratively with women, families, and others who traditionally have no voice to build vibrant communities across the greater Jeremie area. This is achieved through the promotion of cleaner, safer construction of housing, distribution of goats for the purpose of food security and micro-enterprising, sustainable agriculture strategies and micro lending.

HHF has a strong physical presence with 2 main physical structures in Jérémie and satellite clinics in four locations. The HHF clinic in Jérémie is a fully equipped, 27,000-square-foot structure providing outpatient, dental and mental health, X-ray, and pharmacy services to more than 120,000 patients a year. The clinic building also houses administrative offices, including a three-person finance office and a well-equipped information technology department with remote access from the US. The Center of Hope (COH), HHF's child and maternal health facility in Jérémie, provides prenatal and postnatal services and access to health care on both a residential and walk-in basis. The residential program provides care to women who are diagnosed with: high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, toxemia); gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance in pregnancy; a history of premature or multiple births; teen pregnancy; a positive diagnosis for HIV/AIDS infection; or advanced age. HHF also admits all severe cases of kwashiorkor into this unit. The malnourished children are often identified at health posts conducted by the community health team and/or after examination at COH. All are provided with nutrients per WHO protocols and the mothers are educated on nutrition, hygiene, and family planning.

HHF provides obstetric emergency transportation services in the mountain areas where women access care during labor only with difficulty. Two HHF ambulances are stocked with medicine and equipment and manned by staff trained to respond to emergencies in the field.

HHF has established an excellent network, with a presence in many mountain villages and 48 staff members actually living and working in the villages.

HHF has earned the trust of the community it serves, which is a significant asset when disaster strikes such as Hurricane Matthew. All HHF attempts to meet the community's immediate needs were successful and without violence or unrest.

HHF shares experiences and lessons learned nationally and internationally. An effective and effectively documented approach to primary healthcare as well as to citizen participation, rigorous use of health care data at all levels, and open communication have yielded opportunities for professional outreach.

HHF has an unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of the community it serves through high quality performance. HHF has invested resources solely in the greater area of Jeremie since 1985. We have an equally committed team of 187 employees (99% Haitian), many who have worked for HHF for at least 10+ years and “Health Agents" who live and work in the villages they serve, and are trusted and respected by the villagers.

HHF's discipline to think strategically and promote leadership with an ability to inspire a culture of individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage community and organizational change to attain the organization's strategic goals and successful performance. HHF has the people with the right skills to deliver its strategic goals, including identifying and addressing capability gaps. Yearly, the performance of the staff is aligned with HHF's strategic priorities.

As stated previously, Haiti is a country of many challenges, and HHF has demonstrated its ability to adapt to great changes, including having to give up processes and technologies to create new skills and approaches to ensure its continuous survival and success.

A guiding philosophy upon which all HHF endeavors are based is the importance of the individuals who participate in and contribute to its various programs. For example, the people served by HHF in the Jeremie area are encouraged to participate in all areas of HHF activities, including planning, preventive education, community development, and utilization of services, along with other efforts intended for the improvement of individual, family and community well-being. Also, volunteers from the US with medical and other skills or expertise are encouraged to work closely with their Haitian counterparts in the sharing of information and methodologies. This rapport enhances the cultural experience of the volunteers while providing continuing education for Haitian professionals.

HHF's values of respect, honesty, compassion, and commitment that are aligned with personal and organizational ethical and professional code of conduct, including a responsibility to the patient and community.

HHF has an excellent reputation and is looked to by other service providers, organizations and the Haitian government as a leader, including the provision of technical assistance to other NGO's. HHF enjoys an excellent relationship with local authorities, including the Ministry of Health, and work hard to maintain the trust established among the people we serve.

HHF has a strong financial foundation with highly committed donors for decades.

• High quality healthcare services including our outpatient clinic, mental health, the only X-Ray services in the Grand'Anse, sonography, laboratory, and pharmacy. HHF's plan is to continue scaling up its access to primary healthcare services in the remote areas of Jeremie. For example, HHF is currently building a community health center to serve a catchment area of 45,000+ patients.
• A full service dental clinic with school-based dental disease prevention programs, including fluoride and emergency treatment. HHF is currently scaling up such services to schools in the remote villages through dental health clinics with mobile equipment.
• Established Haiti's first maternal waiting home, which continues to serve as a residential facility for women with high-risk pregnancies within the Center of Hope.
• A family assistance program known as “Save a Family" which provides tuition and other school-related expenses, housing and medical costs for over 450 vulnerable families.
• Thousands of children have had and continue to have access to formal education, including higher education.
• A housing project that has built over 3000 houses and repaired more than 800 houses. With private donations, HHF will continue to build and repair houses.
• A sustainable sanitation-building project – microflush toilets in rural areas.
• A goat-donation project with organized community groups.
• Significant reduction in malnutrition among pregnant and lactating women and children under five years old. HHF will continue expanding its education and malnutrition relief program for hundreds of malnourished children as well as its surveillance and referral systems to identify and refer children with Kwashiorkor to the Center of Hope.
• Public health outreach to approximately 200,000 people in four counties.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, QC/QI Committee reviews all this information monthly, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

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Haitian Health Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jeremiah Lowney

Retired Orthodontist

Jeremiah J Lowney

Retired Orthodontist

Patrick J Casey

Edward P Hourihan

Bond Schoeneck and King, PLCC

Jean Issac

CT Light & Power

Lawrence R Kane

Thaddeus F Malanowski

Paul T McAuliffe

National Search Recruiting & Staffing

Janet Perkins-Howland

Garrison Women's Health Center

Howard V Redgate

Andover Equity Associates

Marcelle Isaac

Gregory Kernisan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.