The Health Access Outreach Program
The Health Access Outreach Program targets individuals that are Uninsured or Under-insured. Its primary goal is to increase access to health care through outreach and education, ultimately improving the mental and physical health of individuals in Miami Dade County. Clients are educated on the importance of preventive health care, available health insurance programs, eligibility requirements, and the process of applying for such programs. Clients also receive follow up assistance after applying for such services, and are enrolled in publicly funded programs that provide access to health care
Immigration Advocacy and Citizenship
The Immigration Advocacy and Citizenship program focuses on public policy issues surrounding Haitian Detainees, Entrants, Refugees and Asylees. The program works to meet with the media, elected officials, INS staff and other ethnic groups and organizations concerned with the unfair treatment of Haitian entrants into the United States. The program conducts forums to educate the community at large about the current state of immigration via radio; assists Entrants, Asylees, and Refugees with completing INS forms; and conducts workshops and presentations on immigration matters and citizenship procedures. The program has also established citizenship classes with an English literacy component for Haitian Creole speakers.
Community Economic Development (CED)
The Community Economic Development program creates income and benefits opportunities for the unemployed or underemployed. The program trains individuals on business operation skills such as inventory, marketing, customer service, sales and money management. The CED program also advocates for a living wage.
FANM’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
FANM’s Prevention Strategies seek to reduce existing risk factors and provide protective factors that are missing from our young people environment. In many ways, our prevention strategies will attempt to provide for at-risk children what effective parenting and supportive communities offer in the natural course of youth development. The most effective prevention strategies attend to the family needs, which in turn address the city deficits over a sustained period.
FANM’s Social Development Strategy encourages opportunities, skills, and recognition of our young people that lead to healthy behaviors. The underlying theme of this strategy is to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in the lives of our at-risk children. The identification of risk factors and protective factors has been a major step in prevention, assisting FANM in developing more effective programs for our young people.
The objective of the FANM Legal Services Clinic is to provide legal assistance, education and referrals to the poor and underserved populations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans and Hispanic residing primarily in Little Haiti, North Miami, and North Miami Beach.
The Clinic will be compartmentalized into four practice areas: Immigration law, Family law including divorce, domestic violence, and guardianship, Public Benefits law, including government benefits such as SSI, food stamps, TANF, welfare, unemployment compensation and Medicaid, and Housing Law, particularly landlord/tenant issues. Through direct representation, educational seminars, self-help clinic, referrals and case management, the Clinic will provide free comprehensive legal services for the entire Haitian family, building on the organization’s mission to empower Haitian women and their families. There is no other legal service agency in Miami-Dade County that provides the one-stop, comprehensive scope of legal services to the entire Haitian family as contemplated by the FANM Legal Services Clinic.