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HAPA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Thomas W. Patrick Sr. Doctor Thomas W. Patrick Sr (1872-1953) migrated from Haiti to the United States as a child with his family in 1892. While in the U.S, he became a Pharmacist and a Doctor providing healthcare education, medical services, and pharmaceutical knowledge to the Haitian community.

We, at HAPA, strive to continue Dr. Patrick’s legacy by providing much-needed services within both the Haitian American community and in other communities where our expertise is also needed.

Our Mission


The Haitian American Pharmacist Association is deeply committed to advancing health and well-being. We focus on three key areas: Community Enrichment, where we empower individuals through education; Professional Empowerment, ensuring seamless integration of pharmaceutical care; and Unified Advancement, uniting our community for a healthier future within a holistic healthcare framework.

Our Vision

To emerge as a preeminent catalyst for health education and advocacy, with an unwavering commitment to reaching marginalized communities, and forging critical alliances with healthcare providers, institutions, and policy influencers.

Our Values

HAPA stands steadfast on the pillars of Health Enhancement, Community Education, Pharmaceutical Care Integration, and Unity.

featured member

Cassandra Esperant

Cassandra Esperant is a pharmacist at the Aids Healthcare Foundation, specializing in prescribing HIV prevention medications. She collaborates with a medical doctor through a CPA. She’s passionate about addressing public health issues in communities facing disparities, aiming to empower them with tools for better healthcare. In her free time, Cassandra consults and educates on HIV prevention and public health. She’s active in the SPARK Board for Women’s Empowerment and the Chairwoman of the Education Committee of the Haitian American Pharmacist Association. Her future goals include focusing on HIV prevention in Black/Hispanic women and serving on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Fun Fact: In high school, Cassandra confidently told her chemistry teacher she didn’t need his class because she was going to law school.




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