Impacts of the 2010 haitian earthquake in the diaspora: Findings from Little Haiti, Miami, FL

Erin Kobetz, Janelle Menard, Jonathan Kish, Ian Bishop, Gabrielle Hazan, Guerda Nicolas

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In January 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti resulting in unprecedented damage. Little attention, however, has focused on the earthquake's mental health impact in the Haitian diaspora community. As part of an established community-based participatory research initiative in Little Haiti, the predominately Haitian neighborhood in Miami, FL, USA, community health workers conducted surveys with neighborhood residents about earthquake-related losses, coping strategies, and depressive/traumatic symptomology. Findings reveal the earthquake strongly impacted the diaspora community and highlights prominent coping strategies. Following the earthquake, only a small percentage of participants self-reported engaging in any negative health behaviors. Instead, a majority relied on their social networks for support. This study contributes to the discourse on designing culturally-responsive mental health initiatives for the Haitian diaspora and the ability of existing community-academic partnerships to rapidly adapt to community needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-447
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Earthquake
  • Haiti
  • Immigrant communities
  • Psychological health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)


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