HCC Board of Directors
Nicole Baron Rosefort – Chairperson
Carlo Mitton – Vice Chair
Fritz Montfleury – Treasurer
Marie J. Charles
Eddy Leveque, M.D.
Rev. Paul Dorsinville
Irnel L. Stephen
Andre K. Peck, MD – Executive Director
Fuljens Henry – Deputy Executive Director
Elizabeth Monzon – Fiscal Officer
Haitian-American Community Coalition's (formerly known as Haitian Centers Council) original mission was to improve the quality of life for those we serve, especially Haitian Americans, in the metro New York City area by providing access to services, information and education as well as resources toward the goal of self-sufficiency.
Since its inception in 1982, HCC has grown from a small grassroots advocacy agency and evolved to become a multi-service human services organization serving the Haitian and Caribbean communities of New York City and Spring Valley, NY. The starting point was the collective initiative of a group of very concerned Haitians who wanted to help the community and more so, new Haitian immigrants.
At the forefront were community-based organizations like the Haitian-Americans United for Progress, Inc. (HAUP), Haitian Community Center – Brooklyn Haitian Ralph and Good Shepherd, Inc. (BHRAGS), and the Haitian Neighborhood Service Center (HNSC) as well as the Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men and the Charlemagne Peralte Center. This consortium’s vision and common cause formed the Haitian Centers Council, Inc.
Together with the Caribbean community, HCC passionately addressed the issues of ethnic stereotyping and stigma as well as the social and health policies toward the Haitian/Caribbean communities. One of the biggest issues confronted was access to social and medical services. These services helped ameliorate problems and provided the pathway for individuals and their families to become self-sufficient and productive in their new environment.
In pursuing our mission over the past 29 years, HCC evolved and became a direct service provider. During this time, we designed a wide range of services from literacy, youth development, immigration advocacy and a drug prescription program for seniors to case management, housing placement assistance, congregate supportive housing and domestic violence prevention/education as well as HIV/AIDS prevention programs. We have also a Community Development Initiative sponsored by the NYS Dept. of Health. Today, HCC continues to administer diligently a wide range of services for youth, adults, and senior citizens or anyone who seeks our assistance and services.
HCC’s mission is to champion the well-being of its constituents through advocacy, empowerment, health education and supportive services. This is achieved by providing information, access to services and various resources toward the goal of self-sufficiency. Our initiatives and well-designed programs have helped thousands pursue a better life and we shall continue to endeavor to help our community and others.
History of HIV/AIDS Program
The HIV/AIDS program at HCC started in 1983. When the AIDS epidemic started in the early 80’s, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had labeled this new disease as “4H”: Homosexual, Heroin Addicts, Hemophiliac, and Haitians. Haitians were the only ethnic group being labeled as a high-risk group.
Haitians were being discriminated against and there was a loud outcry in the community. The Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, the Association of Haitian Social Workers, the American Legal Defense Fund HCC with its affiliates collaborated to create the Haitian Coalition on AIDS. The main goal was to fight and change the unfair CDC definition. The group held many meetings with the CDC and finally in July 1983, they succeeded. CDC changed their definition and AIDS was no longer “4H” officially!
Nonetheless, many members of the community were being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS - not because they were Haitian - but because of their risky behavior. The fight with the CDC was over. But there was bigger struggle - a need to educate the community about HIV and to treat and to provide services to those who were already infected at the same time. Henceforth, today, HCC seeks to champion the well-being of its constituents through advocacy, empowerment, health education, and supportive services.
If you wish a more extensive description of HCC’s history, please feel free to contact Executive Director Dr. Andre K. Peck, M.D. by e-mail at APeck@hccinc.org.