Supporting a Nursing Program in a Low-Income Country: A Collaborative Project


  • Margarett Alexandre
  • Anne Marie Berthe Leveille-Tulce
  • Keville Frederickson



Cultural, CUNY, Haiti, Faculty, Nursing Education, Students


Background: Healthcare professionals’ number in Haiti is reported to be 5,400: 2.8 per 1000, or 1.8 nurses
and one physician per 10,000 people. There is a need for well-trained professional nurses to care for the
population and educate incoming nursing professionals. The City University of New York’s (CUNY)
involvement in a project to strengthen the nursing school at the Université Publique d’Artibonite aux
Gonaives (UPAG), is an essential initiative that can help improve Haiti’s health care system.
Methods : Members of the CUNY faculty team traveled to Haiti to conduct the initial needs assessment.
They met with students and faculty at UPAG. A program was designed to respond to the need’s assessment
findings. CUNY faculty for the UPAG project were selected from a core member of CUNY Chancellor’s
Haiti Initiative team. It included educational sessions for senior students and an opportunity for UPAG
nursing faculty to participate in a professional development program.
Conclusion: The project fulfilled the needs for faculty and students’ supports. However, there is still more
work to be done. To this end, two UPAG nursing faculty participated in a Master’s in Nursing program at
Regis University and CUNY faculty continued to support students through a mentorship program.

Author Biographies

Margarett Alexandre

Assistant Professor York College CUNY 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica NY

Anne Marie Berthe Leveille-Tulce

Assistant Professor CUNY School of Professional Studies 119 West 31st, New York, N Y

Keville Frederickson

Professor and Founding Director PhD Program Pace University One Pace Plaza, New York, NY, 10038/ Professor Emeritus Graduate Center, The City University of New York