SBHF is getting a new name!

On September 5th, SBHF will become Health Equity International! Read the full announcement here

Introducing: Health Equity International

August 14, 2019

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is excited to announce that as of September 5th, we will be named Health Equity International. Below, we’ve outlined what changes you can expect over the next few months and what will remain the same. We have also attempted to answer some questions about how we came to this decision.

St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, Haiti
Health Equity International logo and tagline

What’s New

Our name: Health Equity International! We will also have a new logo, tagline, website, social media channels and graphic design. You can see our new logo and tagline above, and newly-redesigned website and communications materials are coming soon. Stay tuned!

What’s Staying the Same

Although our name is changing, our mission, vision, and values remain the same: all people deserve the healthcare they need to thrive. We are more committed than ever to the work we have been doing for over 35 years. Although we have no plans to expand our work outside of Haiti, we remain steadfast in our belief all people deserve access to high-quality healthcare, no matter where they live.

In Haiti, St. Boniface Hospital has become synonymous with high-quality, accessible care that is available to all who come to our doors. We will not change the hospital’s name, and will continue to treat all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with dignity, compassion and respect.

As Health Equity International, we honor the long legacy of the hospital and the hard work and dedication of our founding leadership. As we look forward to this new chapter as Health Equity International, it is with deep respect for our past and with great excitement for our future.

Why we are changing our name now

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation got its start when a small group of dedicated parishioners from the St. Boniface parish in Quincy, MA visited Fond des Blancs in 1983. Since then, the organization has grown from a 1-room clinic to the only referral hospital in southern Haiti. Today, St. Boniface Hospital has the only functioning NICU, the only 24/7 ER, and provides the only emergency obstetrical care in a region with 2.3 million people. It employs a staff of 500 Haitian doctors, nurses and support staff and is a model for care in a low-resource setting. We are tremendously proud of our organization’s roots and the progress we have made.

As our services have grown, so have our number of supporters, friends, and partners. A diverse and generous group of individuals and foundations from across the US support us now. We also have a small number of international donors.

Despite our growth, the name St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has caused some confusion among those who do not know our origin story. Having surveyed a sample of both current and potential partners, the Board of Directors determined a name that clearly communicated our mission and values was necessary to move the organization forward.

As Health Equity International looks to the future, it is with deep respect and gratitude for those who brought us here. 

How we chose our new name and logo

We chose the name Health Equity International because it reflects our organizational growth and commitment to providing health care to all who need it.

Our rebranding process was highly collaborative and benefited greatly from the participation of our partners, Board of Directors and staff in both Haiti and Boston. Together, our team worked to develop our new name, logo, and tagline that conveys both our mission and our values: that we provide care to all who come to our gates because all lives are of equal value.

We want to hear from you!

We are confident the name Health Equity International will help our efforts to bring more support to St. Boniface Hospital and its patients. We hope you will continue to stand with us and with the people of Haiti.

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns about our name change, or our work in general at president@haitihealth.org. We’d love to hear from you! 

Thank you for your support thus far, we look forward to continuing this important work together.