Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH is the Founder and Executive Director of CapraCare, Inc. He obtained both his B.A in Public Health and M.P.H in Health Administration and Policy at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Mr. Pierre-Louis, who is Haitian born, founded CapraCare in April 2009 in response to the gross inadequacies of medical and preventive health services in Haiti. CapraCare is a primarily Haitian-led, non-governmental organization that supports a community-based school health program located in the southern province of Fonfrede, Haiti. The idea for the program was based on his experience in attending schools in Fonfrede, his academic training, professional work experience, and Article 25: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being.
Shortly, after obtaining his B.A in Public Health, he found employment with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) where he worked for six years at a variety of positions and programs. After the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Mr. Pierre-Louis worked on the Lower Manhattan Partnership and Development Project, which provided health assistance and services to the lower Manhattan community as they recovered from the disastrous terror attack. There he had the opportunity to attend City Council meetings and briefings, state assembly hearings, and worked closely with his director, where he learned first hand the importance of collaborative work during a disaster and how to bring immediate relief as well as long-term stability and recovery to a community in need. Upon, the creation of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's District Public Health Office, he played an integral role on various community health initiatives. In his last position with NYCDOHMH, he worked at the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement (HCAI) on Medicaid managed care preventive health services, and New York City's Take Care New York campaign, a health care policy initiative.
Mr. Pierre-Louis later, worked at the Montefiore Medical Group, school-based health program, which is the largest school-based health program of its kind in the country, with more than 20,000 children registered at 16 sites throughout the Bronx. In his role, he managed and coordinated preventive health services and various community health objectives at two High School sites delivering services to a population of over 4,500 students.
Besides running CapraCare, Mr. Pierre-Louis also serves as the Program Manager for prevention services at the AIDS Service Center (ASC) where he oversees several major programs, including ASC's nationally recognized Peer Training Institute (PTI), a Citywide collaboration of seven local agencies.
A firm believer in promoting positive health change through individual acts of courage, Mr. Pierre-Louis has spearheaded and mobilized an ever-growing number of volunteers, public health and medical professionals in distributing health education, mental health, and pediatric care services to Haiti's underserved Les Cayes, Fonfrede Community.
Jean teaches courses in VMG's Nonprofit Management Certificate, Grant Writing Certificate and Volunteer Management Certificate programs.
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