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Boston University School of Medicine 8th Annual Haitian Health Career Seminar
The conference proved to be an opportunity for the Haitian community, health professionals and local students to educate themselves and others about the challenges facing the Haitian community, with an emphasis on mental health. The health professionals were able to emphasize key issues and present these topics in a manner that was easy for viewers to relate to through personal experience and provide possible answers and ideas for future action. Each speaker took questions and facilitated discussion following their presentation. Seeing the community, both adults and students, interact with the health professionals, demonstrated the concerns that the community has and their interest in forming a stronger support system for each other and those in need.Students interacted with members of the health care community with contacts being set up for shadowing and mentoring opportunities. Older students, both graduate and medical, provided insight to younger students about the process of applying to school and opportunities to get involved with the local community. The conference was only made possible by the hard work of our mentors, Dr. Nicole Prudent and Dr. Michele David, the support and energy of the HHI committee, headed by Patrick Momplaisir, Boston Public Health Commission, and the Office of Alumni at BUSM particularly Dr. Manuel. We would like to especially thank the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for funding this year's conference and giving us the opportunity to make a difference in the Haitian community.
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