Keynote Speaker Event!

Medical Students for Haiti, Inc. (MS4H)
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Chapter, Presents:

Haitian Cultural Awareness Week
A celebration of Haiti’s culture, history, and its people.
Monday 2/13/2012 – Friday 2/17/2012

Thursday February 16th
5:30-7:00 PM
Goldwurm Auditorium, 
Icahn Medical Institute (East Building)

Keynote Event: 


Featuring: Evenel St-Vil and Danielle Butin of the AFYA Foundation: 

In honor of Black History month and in remembrance of the victims of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, this is an event co-sponsored by:
  • Medical Students for Haiti, Inc., Mount Sinai Chapter
  • The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA), and 
  • the African American Culture Committee (AACC). 


Evenel St-Vil was previously an 
English teacher in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before his home was destroyed in the earthquake. He now manages 23 people employed in Haiti working for the Afya Foundation’s Rehabilitation Program. Before returning to his home country, Mr. St-Vil will share with the audience his story – a tale of resilience, survival and a comeback through meaningful work that is beyond inspirational.

Danielle Butin, MPH OTR is the Founder and Executive Director of the Afya Foundation. She has served on the faculty of the Programs in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University Medical Center for the past decade, and created the Afya Foundation in 2007. Named for the term meaning “Good Health” in Swahili, the Afya Foundation has become a leader in Global Healthcare through its partnerships with donor hospitals, health organizations, corporations and individual households for the collection and need-prioritized distribution of medical supplies. Ms. Butin will join Mr. St-Vil to tell the audience about Afya’s current work in Haiti, and to provide a 2-year post-earthquake update.

The program will be co-hosted by:
Christian Pean, MS1 – President of the MS4H@MSSM, and 
Ernest Barthelemy, MS3 – Co-Founder/Executive Director of Medical Students for Haiti, Inc.

A brief reception will follow the event, with authentic Haitian cuisine from Krik Krak restaurant.

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