Marc-Aurel Martial is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. His ultimate goal is to become an expert in global anemia prevention and treatment, specifically anemia related to persistent malnutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) in Haiti. Marc-Aurel was raised in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He and his wife are the parents of two boys and one girl. In 2010, he founded Haiti Health Initiative (HHI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. HHI and its Haitian sister organization seek to improve the overall health and well-being of rural Haitians through economic development initiatives and the provision of education and services in primary health care, dental care, nutrition and public health. He loves his native land and has a passion for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable projects. His service to Haiti is one of the small ways he can pay it forward. He enjoys learning, teaching, and assisting other people, including students, in the pursuit of their noblest aspirations. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, hiking, biking, and playing racquetball and ping pong.
Gene Cole is a retired professor in the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He teaches and conducts research in environmental health, refugee and migrant health, and infectious disease prevention and control. His focus is on low-cost to no-cost solutions to important environmental problems that impact human health. He has worked with international organizations to address environmental health management issues in Central Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He holds both a Master of Science degree in public health and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carrie Dunford is a clinical pharmacist in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she works at a local hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Pharmacy and recently received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Idaho. In March of 2011, she traveled to Haiti with Haiti Health Initiative and was impressed by the collaborative work between Haiti Health Initiative and locals to improve the quality of life for the people of Timo. She currently serves as the secretary for both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. Carrie is married and has two sons.
Luke Ellsworth currently serves as treasurer for Haiti Health Initiative. He is a certified public accountant and is employed as the controller for a growing technology company. He has experience in the not-for-profit, banking, utilities, and technology industries and is excited to be a part of HHI. When he’s not tending to his financial responsibilities, he enjoys backpacking and hiking with his wife and kids, who also enjoy raising puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.
RECENT BLOG & UPDATES
The following selection of articles provides an inside look at HHI’s updates on recent projects and history of accomplishments.
WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. Evens Robert, one of the founding members of AgwoAyiti, observed the precarious economic and environmental conditions in his home community of Fond d’OiesFrom his observations in Fond d’Oies, he realized that there was untapped potential in...
WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. To Recap, HHI contacted the company ARUP to develop the design of the IMPV school in Timo, Haiti.This project aims to bring a much-needed new school facility in the remote, mountainous community of Timo. The school will be attended by around 225...
HAITI HEALTH INITIATIVE PARTNERS
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Haiti Health Initiative aims to improve the overall health and well being of rural Haitians, one community at a time. We seek to accomplish this through providing education and services in primary health care, dental care, public health, and nutrition within each community at risk.
If you would like to know more about Haiti Health Initiative as a Non-Profit Organization and registered Non-Governmental Organization, you can review the organizing documents by clicking here.