7 episodes

It only takes one Act of Courage to build a movement. Led by Founder, President and CEO, Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH, capracare is a global health nonprofit organization focusing on improving the health and well being of the people of Haiti. Hosted by global health storyteller and advocate, Hetal Baman, this podcast showcases the courageous stories of the ever growing community of changemakers, leaders, partners, advocates, and those who have joined forces with capracare to create better lives and opportunities for the people of Haiti, and globally.

An Act of Courage Hetal Baman

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It only takes one Act of Courage to build a movement. Led by Founder, President and CEO, Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH, capracare is a global health nonprofit organization focusing on improving the health and well being of the people of Haiti. Hosted by global health storyteller and advocate, Hetal Baman, this podcast showcases the courageous stories of the ever growing community of changemakers, leaders, partners, advocates, and those who have joined forces with capracare to create better lives and opportunities for the people of Haiti, and globally.

    6 | The Four H Group, HIV/AIDS, & Haitians | Dr. Cassandra Esperant, PharmD, AAHIVP

    6 | The Four H Group, HIV/AIDS, & Haitians | Dr. Cassandra Esperant, PharmD, AAHIVP

    Meet Dr. Cassandra Esperant. Dr. Esperant is a pharmacist that practices HIV prevention. She believes that educating the urban community will decrease the disparities in the HIV pandemic due to institutionalized racism. As a black woman she is passionate about decreasing the divide in the black communities by empowering them to take initiative to lessen the divide and take back control. Cassandra would like pharmacist to prescribe HIV prevention regimen per collaborative agreement to patients to increase access, and reduce HIV transmission. She loves advocacy, and her interest peaked for HIV because she remembers watching the Haitian community protest the CDC’s false accusations of Haitians being a cardinal cohort that causes HIV.  Her self-proclaimed purpose is to add value to all those she comes into contact with on a daily basis.   She believes that there is a need to increase access and awareness in the urban communities (particularly black homosexual men and black women) for HIV prevention. She is also on the healthcare committee for capracare where she assists in ordering the medications for the clinic on the ground from drug companies who offer subsidized prices for medical missions.

    In this episode, we speak about Dr. Esperant’s passion to break the stigma around HIV and AIDS while serving the people of Haiti. She shares her thoughts on the lack of sexual education in Haiti and why that might contribute to the taboo nature of HIV and we learn how she is working with capracare to serve women in Haiti who may have cervical cancer.

    Episode Highlights:
    Introduction (0:00)How Cassandra got connected with capracare (04:15)Growing up in the states as a Haitian American (05:09)What Cassandra wanted to be when she grew up (05:51)The CDC’s falsely claimed 4 H’s (07:49)How Cassandra feels about how young children were bullied and harassed just for being Haitian (10:40)Cassandra’s involvement with the Haitian American Pharmacists Association (12:33)Cassandra’s thoughts on sexual education (or the lack thereof) in Haiti (16:20)How Cassandra is working with capracare to eradicate cervical cancer in Haiti (19:15)Cassandra’s words on how to keep inspiration and hope in the midst of hardship in Haiti (21:34)Courage is… (24:39)Cassandra’s one act of courage (25:28)Ending remarks (27:28)______________________
    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 28 min
    5 | The Real Narrative of Haiti and Haitians | Rosemonde Pierre-Louis (The Haitian Roundtable)

    5 | The Real Narrative of Haiti and Haitians | Rosemonde Pierre-Louis (The Haitian Roundtable)

    Meet Rosemonde Pierre Louis. Rose is a highly recognized public sector leader known for driving social and economic change. Ms. Pierre-Louis is the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. She is also the host of season two of the podcast Black Boys and Men: Changing The Narrative. From 2014-2016, Ms. Pierre-Louis served as Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV). Ms. Pierre-Louis  also served as Manhattan Deputy Borough President from 2006-2013 and led several of the Office's key initiatives. Ms. Pierre-Louis, an attorney by profession, has served in leadership positions at several public interest law organizations and taught for six years as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. Rose is the Founder of the Haitian Roundtable and the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and serves on the Board of the New American Leaders Action Fund. Ms. Pierre-Louis is the recipient of numerous awards and most recently was recognized as the Public Servant of the Year by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Ms. Pierre-Louis received her undergraduate degree in political science from Tufts University and her juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 


    In this episode, we connect on the power of the immigrant story. Rose speaks about the importance of redefining the narrative about Haiti and Haitians. We discuss why Rose has dedicated her career in service of vulnerable populations in New York who lack access to the legal justice system and have experienced intimate partner violence. And finally, speak about how inspired Rose is by the work that capracare does and why she continues to support its important initiatives.

    Episode Highlights:


    How Rose and JPL met (03:06)Rose’s upbringing and early days (06:50)What is the “Brain Drain”? (09:26)The importance of the immigrant story (13:29)Being the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy at NYU and the journey getting there (16:10)What made Rose so passionate about representing survivors of intimate partner violence (19:55)The Haitian Roundtable. What it is and what sparked the idea (24:00)How HRT redefines the narrative of Haiti and Haitians (33:05)How capracare continues to inspire Rose (38:40)Courage is… (42:43)Rose’s one act of courage (44:28)How to get in touch with Rose and get involved with HRT (49:13)For more information and episode details visit:  www.anactofcourage.org/episode05


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    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 52 min
    4 | From Riding Through Puddles to Leading with Hope for Haiti | Skyler Badenoch (Hope for Haiti)

    4 | From Riding Through Puddles to Leading with Hope for Haiti | Skyler Badenoch (Hope for Haiti)

    Meet Skyler Badenoch, CEO of the organization Hope for Haiti. During this conversation, we bring you back to Skyler’s early days. The days when he was a serial intern, eager to learn anything and everything about the world. His first experiences within the world of public health was in West Africa where he found himself serving for the Peace Corps. He speaks of moments of riding through earthy puddles in torrential downpour, running around with children who teased him for his terrible native language skills, delivering polio vaccines, and living in close quarters with women who had little access to maternal healthcare. He grew his passion for service and international development by working for an organization called BuildOn, building schools in several countries around the world. This is where he met a mentor and leader that exuded what it means to be truly courageous. Now, as the CEO of Hope for Haiti, he continues to live into his values by serving the people of Haiti to live joyous and full lives. His countless stories will leave you thinking… “Have I had a ‘riding through puddles moment’ in my life”?

    Episode Highlights:
    Skyler brings us back to the beginning (01:40)Skyler's time in the Peace Corps in West Africa (06:00)Skyler’s parents reactions to him joining the Peace Corps (15:42)Intense experiences while at the Peace Corps (16:45)Learning to speak the local language and how important it was to Skyler (17:50)Building schools with BuildOn (20:35)The reverse culture shock after coming back from West Africa (20:50)Skyler’s experiences working with BuildOn in Haiti (22:36)The BuildOn methodology (25:28)Moving into the role of CEO for Hope for Haiti (31:52)How Hope for Haiti has collaborated with other organizations to create impact (36:42)How Hope for Haiti measures outcomes for poverty and the resilience of people after natural disasters and instability (42:05)Hope for Haiti’s vision (48:30)Courage is… (50:38)Skyler’s one act of courage (57:09)How to get in contact with Skyler and learn about Hope for Haiti (01:02:41)For more information and episode details visit:  www.anactofcourage.org/episode04
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    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 4 min
    3 | One Haitian Woman Changed My Life Forever | Jo Ann Heppermann (Prospect/Goshen Rotary Club)

    3 | One Haitian Woman Changed My Life Forever | Jo Ann Heppermann (Prospect/Goshen Rotary Club)

    Meet Jo Ann Heppermann! She is the Chair of the International Service Committee of the Prospect/Goshen Rotary Club in Kentucky. During this conversation, Jo Ann gives us a glimpse of how her life changed after one trip to Haiti with capracare and her experience with meeting a Haitian woman. This is her “Rotary Moment.”  After this trip, she became dedicated to serving the women of Haiti who suffer from cervical cancer. Did you know that cervical cancer is Haiti’s leading cause of death in women? In partnership with capracare, Jo Ann’s passion shines through brightly in this discussion of what true service looks like and how you can get involved as well. We appreciate her greatly.
    Episode Highlights:
    How Jo Ann went from law to philanthropy and service (this story is a fun one!) (2:18)What Jo Ann’s rotary club does for the local community in Kentucky (9:58)What sparked her interest in international philanthropy (13:19)Jo Ann’s first time in Haiti with capracare (16:44)Why serving women with cervical cancer is so important to Jo Ann (29:01)What did Jo Ann’s trip to Haiti do for the future of women in Haiti (31:22)Courage is… (36:36)Just never give upJo Ann’s Act(s) of Courage (37:26)How to get in contact with Jo Ann and her Rotary club (42:03)For more information and episode details visit:  www.anactofcourage.org/episode03


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    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 46 min
    2 | There is No Health, Without Mental Health | Becky Endicott (We Are For Good)

    2 | There is No Health, Without Mental Health | Becky Endicott (We Are For Good)

    Meet the amazing and lovely Becky Endicott: Co-Founder and Chief Storyteller of the popular podcast and community, We Are For Good. During this conversation, I ask Becky to give us a glimpse of who little Becky was growing up. She tells us how she got to taste the nonprofit world early on in her career and immediately fell in love with service. We learn why she ultimately pivoted her career into serving as many nonprofits as she can with We Are For Good and we also talk about her own mental health journey that put her life into perspective. This conversation will leave you thinking about privilege, and what many of us take for granted when caring for ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally… because it certainly is not the same in all parts of the world.

    Episode Highlights
    What little Becky was like and what she wanted to be when she grew up (3:04)The moment when Becky fell in love with philanthropy and the non-profit sector (7:32)The first seed that blossomed into We Are For Good (17:05)Becky And Hetal's Mental Health Journey (26:08)Becky takes the mic and asks me about how I feel after quitting my job (39:07)The disparity in privilege in the US vs low income countries when it comes to mental health (40:40)How modeling healthy mental health matters for your children, employees, and the people you serve (46:50)How can nonprofits serve the people who are serving others (49:19)Courage is... (56:38)Becky's one act of courage... (57:48)How can people get in touch with Becky! (1:00:38)For more information and episode details visit:  www.anactofcourage.org/episode02
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    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 2 min
    1 | Creating capracare with a Pen, Paper, and Vision of Health for Haiti | Jean Pierre-Louis (capracare)

    1 | Creating capracare with a Pen, Paper, and Vision of Health for Haiti | Jean Pierre-Louis (capracare)

    Meet the one and only Jean Pierre-Louis (JPL): Founder, President, and CEO of capracare. During this conversation, we dive deep into JPL's early days in Haiti, how he spent his days, how far he had to walk just to get water, and who instilled courage and bravery into his soul. He is passionate about bringing better health and wellness to the people of Haiti and in this episode we learn about where that passion stems from. We speak about how he was able to channel negative experiences from the schoolyard into the mission of his life... creating capracare. 

    Episode Highlights
    Growing up in Haiti, and moving to the U.S. (can you say…culture shock!?!) (4:30)Powerful lessons from JPL’s mother and grandmother (13:20)Integrating into NYC culture, experiencing racial discrimination for the first time, and discovering his purpose (17:16)What baseball taught JPL and what 9/11 taught him about disaster relief (25:39)JPL’s first trip back to Haiti, building trust and partnerships (27:16)The 5 Core Programs of capracare (36:53)What gets lost when it comes to disaster relief (41:34)JPL’s greatest successes over the past 14 years (46:55)Why capracare focuses on mental health of the communities they serve (49:23)Courage is… (53:03)JPL’s one act of courage (53:35)How to connect with JPL (54:07)For more information and episode details visit:  www.anactofcourage.org/episode01
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    Help us fund critical healthcare, emergency relief, education and development programs to residents in the Southern District of Haiti

    To donate or learn more about capracare, visit us at capracare.org

    If you'd like to be featured or simply want to say hello, email our host at hetal.baman@capracare.org or connect with her on LinkedIn

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

cassy classique ,

Amazing work!!!

I love this podcast!! The narrative and energy in the conversations are so authentic!

Delzeeee ,

Very inspiring!

An Act of Courage is so inspiring and uplifting and it’s just getting started! When you hear the passion of people like JPL and Becky and what they are doing to help people with such great need it renews your faith in humanity and makes you want to get up off your butt and do something too. Hetal is an excellent host and keeps the conversation lively and on point. You find yourself feeling like you are in the room with them having this conversation. Looking forward to hearing more episodes!

RitzzyP ,

Amazing show

This was amazing. I really commend the work of this organization.

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