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Dr. Barrau, M.D.: So. FL Chapter hosts gala

Gigi Tinsley | 12/19/2013, 9 a.m.

“I believe the Haitian doctors and African American doctors are too distant in their professions, social activities and in their communities. Hopefully, beginning with a combined knowledge of professions and socializing we can become closer,” Barrau said.

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Dr. Carmel Barrau

“Most African American doctors are not aware that there is an association of Haitian physicians. Hopefully, by letting them know what we do and their letting us know what they do, we can become closer in our efforts.”

The AMHE Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE), South Florida Chapter [a registered non-profit organization] has hosted 26 galas to assist physicians in-training at the State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. On Sat., Dec. 21 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, the local Chapter will host their 27th Annual Fundraising Gala and all funds, in addition to assisting the students in Haiti, will go towards a weekly health education radio show that provides culturally sensitive health information to Haitians in their native language; scholarships to students in underserved areas interested in a career in the medical field; support to the underinsured patients for medical and health services; support to community health fairs in Miami-Dade and Broward in collaboration with other organizations; support to Haitian American youth groups involved in community activities throughout Miami-Dade; and provision of health education and screenings of prevalent diseases.

“This year, we would love to have more of our American brothers and sisters in attendance,” Barrau said. “Working together, we can change many negative things in this world and health should be primary, beginning with the poor and disenfranchised both here and in Haiti.”

To contact Dr. Barrau, president of the local group of physicians, go online to http://www.amheflorida.org.