The theme of health in Haiti is closely linked to those of the Family, Migration and Religion. The sweeping social and political transformations experienced by Haitian society – such as the contemporary crisis of authority and the state’s failure to take responsibility for the population, the phenomenon of the diaspora, the transformation of the peasantry and urban communities, and so forth – have engendered new kinds of social ties. What are the implications of these transformations for public health policies, strategies for fighting diseases, and the logics of decision-making at familial, local, national and transnational levels? The Laboratory themes intersect a set of inextricable issues: generations, processes of collective identification, conceptions of pathology and normality, the production of social ties in the context of the transnational circulation of people, ideas, goods, values, technologies and sociocultural practices.
The lines of research currently being developed in this Laboratory are:
1. Mobility, Risk and Disease
2. Migration, Family and Social Order
3. Violence, Sexuality and Domesticity
For more information on our research initiatives, please click on one of the projects below for more information:
Diaspora and Capacity Building in a Time of Recovery in Haiti
Principal Investigators: Louis Herns Marcelin, INURED and University of Miami; Patricia Weiss Fagen, Senior Associate, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Ariel Armony, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Miami; Toni Cela, Columbia University; Stephen C. Lubkermann, George Washington University; Nicholas Van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.
Mental Health Community Assessment Central Plateau
Gary Belkin, Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine and Senior Director for Psychiatric Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Partners in Health
Mental Health Intervention among Haitian Limb-loss Victims of the Earthquake
Yuval Neria, Director, Trauma and PTSD Program, Columbia University; Helena Verdeli, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Bryan Page, Chair Department of Anthropology, University of Miami
Caribbean Regional Hub for Mental Health Service Research and Capacity Building
Gary Belkin, New York University School of Medicine; The University of West Indies and INURED; Myrvine Fleureau, Université Paris 8