Haitian American Psychiatric Association's Tribute To Bishop Guy Sansaricq

On Sunday 8/22/2021, the Haitian American Psychiatric Association (HAPA) members paid tribute to Bishop Guy Sansaricq via an educational network: Radio Soleil. Bishop Sansaricq lived a life that exemplified kindness, inspiration and leadership. He was an outstanding Servant of God who achieved far more than the average. He contributed in innumerable ways to multiple Haitian organizations and communities.

As a member of numerous boards, he helped identify cultural, religious and moral values to inspire all ages.  When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, he volunteered many hours to lead a mental health forum with the HAPA members to spread awareness on mental health issues related to Covid-19 to the Haitian community. For many years, he has organized several seminars to talk about the virtue of compassion and the importance of solidarity. He provided an example of what one caring individual can do for mankind.

Adlai Stevenson once commented about a man and his contributions “It is not the years in a life that counts; it is the life in the years.”

While good men die, their contributions do not. Bishop Sansaricq left us a legacy which will remain for generations to come.  May he rest in peace in God’s hands!

Marie Daniella Charles-Belzie, MD

HAPA Past President

Community Services by HAPA members: 2021

Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

On August 14, 2021, a catastrophic magnitude 7.2 earthquake killed more than 2,000 people in the southern part of Haiti. More than 12,000 people have been severely injured. Family members and rescue teams are looking for several missing persons presumed trapped under the rubble.
This has been quite an unfortunate year for Haiti which has been struck by so many tragic events: the Covid-19 pandemic, a rampant insecurity, the assassination of the president, and countless natural disasters. It is hard to understand this misfortune which has brought heartache to all Haitians.
This is an urgency for the Haitian American Psychiatric Association as these natural disasters will bring more medical and mental health issues to people living in a nation already affected by psychological, social, and economic instabilities. The size of the task is enormous but the collective goodness of the HAPA members will bring all of us into action.
Let’s continue to work closely with our sister agencies and use our creative minds to help our Haitian brothers and sisters.

Dr. Daniella Charles-Belzie, past president of HAPA carrying donated medications to be sent to Haiti

Medications donated to HAPA and received by Dr Belzie will be sent to Haiti.

Roger Belzie, Daniella Belzie and Marie Paule Chery preparing boxes of medications to be shipped to Haiti.

Dr. Louis Belzie accepting medications from a pharmacist

Dr Chery, Dr Belzie, and Dr Daniella Charles-Belzie

Dr. Daniella Charles-Belzie, past president of HAPA with boxes of medications donated by pharmacists

HAPA presentation at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

HAPA presentation at the 2020 annual scientific program of AMHE  (Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad)

Louis Belzie, MD MPH 
The Impact of Dementia on Families
Alzheimer Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 5 million American have either clinical AD or mild cognitive impairment due to AD. The number is expected to grow to 15 million by 2050, and with it, the costs and consequences of managing dementia as the American population ages. These challenges are exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic that is currently straining health systems, which puts individuals with Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) at risk. Most people with a dementing illness will be cared for at home by a family member, who may experience a variety of physical, emotional, financial, and social burdens associated with the caregiving role. This presentation aims to (a) examine the physical and psychological effects of providing care to a family member with a dementing illness, and (b) discuss several approaches to caregiver intervention designed to reduce the negative impact of this challenging role during a time of crisis.
Dr Louis Belzie

HAPA weekly radio Presentations - 2021

Live Presentations on Psychiatric Illness & Mental Health: every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
If you have a question during the presentation, please call Radio Soleil at 516-231-1898
Date                                 Presenter                                            Topic

Jan 03, 2021              Panel Discussion                               Depression, Personality, Substance use, Covid and Children, PTSD, Schizophrenia

Jan 10, 2021              Dr. Frantz Moise                               Anxiety Disorder and Covid-19

Jan 17, 2021              Dr. Dimitry Francois                       Alcohol use Disorder

Jan 24, 2021              Panel Discussion                              Covid vaccine

Jan 31, 2021              Dr. Guitel St-Victor                         Sexual Harassment

Feb 14, 2021              Dr. Lesly Francois                            Psychiatric Symptoms in Covid-19

Feb 21, 2021              Dr. Constantin Canal                     OCD

Feb 28, 2021              Dr. Bordes Laurent                          ADHD 

Mar 07, 2021             Dr. Dimitry Francois                       Suicide (part 1)

Mar 14, 2021             Dr. Daniella Charles Belzie        Suicide (part 2)     

Mar 21, 2021             Dr. Roosevelt Clerisme                Personality Disorder

Apr 04, 2021              Dr. Dimitry Francois                       Legal Marijuana and K2

Apr 11, 2021              Dr. Lesly Francois                             Mental illness and Violence

Apr 18, 2021              Dr. Pierre Jean-Noel                       Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apr  25, 2021             Dr. Louis Belzie                                  TelePsychiatry during the Covid-19 pandemic            

May 02, 2021             Dr. Guitel St-Victor                          Women illness and mental health

May 09, 2021             Dr. Dimitry Francois                        Cannabis: Truth vs. Fiction

May 16, 2021             Dr. Daniella Charles Belzie         Some thoughts regarding Dr. Fauci’s address to the APA annual meeting

May 23, 2021             Dr. Roosevelt Clerisme                  Suicide Prevention

Aug 22, 2021              Panel Discussion                                The legacy of Bishop Guy Sansaricq

Aug 29, 2021              Dr. Leyla Jean-Baptiste                   Anorexia Nervosa 

Sep 19, 2021               Panel Discussion                                 Haitian Mental Health Forum

Sep 26, 2021              Dr. Leyla Jean-Baptiste                     Anorexia Nervosa

Oct 03, 2021              Dr. Daniella Charles Belzie           Bullying Prevention

Oct 10, 2021              Dr Dimitry Francois                          Substance Use Disorder

10-17-2021                Dr. Bordes Laurent                            Comorbidities: psychiatric & medical illnesses

10-24-2021                Dr. Leyla Jean-Baptiste                    Domestic Violence

10-31-2021                Dr. Roosevelt Clerisme                    Schizophrenia

11-07-2021                Dr. Frantz Moise                                  Anxiety Disorder

11-14-2021                Dr. Louis Belzie                                     Dementia of Alzheimer

11-21-2021                Dr. Emile Jean-Baptiste                   Covid-19  Pandemic/Vaccination

11-28-2021                Dr. Dimitry Francois                          Suicide

12-19-2021                Dr. Emile Jean-Baptiste                   Covid: The Omicron variant (HAPA and AMHE)

12-26-2021                Dr. Roosevelt Clerisme                    The Importance of Adequate Mental Health in the Community


As you know, several cities in our beloved country are now plagued with the deadly corona virus. The impact of this pandemic will have a lasting and disastrous effects on our brothers and sisters. We, at the Haitian American Psychiatric Association, are doing our best to support our countrymen.

We have established a GoFundMe account to collect donations that we will send to an accredited agency in Haiti. We recently provided important information about COVID-19  during a presentation at Tele-Solidarite. This event was hosted by Bishop Sansaricq.



Haitian American Psychiatric Association / SUNY Downstate Project

Members of the Haitian American Psychiatric Association are lecturing the child and adolescent psychiatry fellows at the SUNY Downstate child psychiatry fellowship program as an introduction to the project theme: Advocacy and Outreach to Diverse Cultural Communities. The child fellows recently attended presentations delivered by our president Dr. Daniella Charles Belzie and our secretary Dr. Dimitry Francois. The lectures were very informative according to the child fellows. Other HAPA members will participate in the project.

Three members of the Haitian American Psychiatric Association pictured with the staff of SUNY Downstate Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship.

Advocacy and Outreach to Diverse Cultural Communities
An Educational Project of the Haitian American Psychiatric Association (HAPA) with SUNY Downstate

Director: Marie Charles-Belzie, MD

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 10, March 3, 10 and 17 and site visits on two additional half days coinciding with the NYCCC rotations

Location: KCHC R6044

Goals and Objectives


Fellows will gain knowledge and experience regarding advocacy and outreach to diverse cultural communities in alliance with the Principle VIII: Advocacy and Equity (Justice) from the AACAP Code of Ethics excerpted below.  This will be achieved through didactics, reading, and experiential learning through field visits to churches, schools and speaking on health fairs or radio shows. They will focus specifically on the engaging the Caribbean community.  The course will also enhance knowledge on systems of care, the cultural impact on treatment, and immigration factors on treatment.

Principle VIII: Advocacy and Equity (Justice): Child and adolescent psychiatrists support the principle that competent mental health care and a full array of services should be available for all children, adolescents, and their families, and support efforts to improve access to care at the individual, local community, and national levels. In research and scholarly settings, the burden of risk on subjects should not fall disproportionately on vulnerable populations, e.g., on the poor versus the wealthy, on children versus adults, on minorities, the physically handicapped or intellectually limited. Thus, protections for these populations must be in place and observed. While protections for children must be considered, however, so must potential benefits. Thus, research involving children is justified, as is true with other populations, if the results are likely to yield benefits for youth. Child and adolescent psychiatrists support and advocate for research that could benefit all youth, in unrestricted fashion, while simultaneously assuring that exploitation cannot and will not occur. While child and adolescent psychiatrists, acting alone, are not likely to resolve culturally entrenched problems of injustice, the practitioner should strive to minimize injustices to which an individual child or adolescent might be exposed Further, the practitioner is urged and encouraged to advocate for provision of appropriate care and services for all youths. (AACAP Code of Ethics, 2014)


Fellows will develop a greater understanding of communicating with professional from different fields and hone their collaboration skills

Contact Sites may include:  Beraca Church, Schools, Dr. Belami’s Office (Advocacy leader in Brooklyn),  PS 189 and Berthe G Faustin

Contacts may include: Pierre Jean-Noel MD, Roosevelt Clerisme MD, Louis Belzie MD, Mark Bibby, Dimitry Francois MD, Jacques Vital-Herne MD, and James Lubin MD



Psychiatric presentations to active members during general assembly meetings.


Radio Program

Weekly interactive  radio programs to educate the Haitian community about mental health.


Health Fair

Working in partnership with other organizations, HAPA delivers health fairs to the community.

Topics for the newsletter

Members will submit articles for HAPA e-newsletter

Meetings calendars will appear here

Calendars for executive committee meetings

Calendars for general assembly meetings

Schedule of health fairs

Dates of fundraising galas

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