Who We Are

Our Story

Health Education, Prevention & Promotion, Inc. (HEPP) was founded in 2012, to empower the South Florida minority communities, and to promote the adoption of healthy behaviors through awareness, education, guidance and counseling.  HEPP staff has extensive experience working with the uninsured and underinsured individuals from diverse racial and ethnic minority groups in Miami-Dade and Broward County.  HEPP’s goals and objectives are focused on improving quality of life, reducing health disparities, and alleviating the burden of disability and death from diabetes, cancer, heart disease/stroke, and other chronic diseases/illness. To reach its goals, HEPP provides culturally and linguistically appropriate education on chronic disease prevention and screening, promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle changes. In addition HEPP staff links community members to low cost or free screening services and provides care coordination to all clients with abnormal results.

Since its inception in 2012, HEPP has provided health education directed towards improving health literacy to thousands of residents of the diverse community of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. HEPP has been able to reach the most difficult to reach segment of the community due to experience and diversity of its staff and board members as well as the organization’s strong commitment to its goals. HEPP’s mission is to empower the community to develop healthy habits for greater health through awareness, education, guidance and counseling.

The facts are alarming. Much of chronic disease and complication of chronic disease and related cost are PREVENTABLE. Behaviors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, use of tobacco and ignoring risks like family history result in a dramatic increase in chronic conditions.

These facts are our driving force to develop and implement evidence-based effective programs such as:

  • Early detection of cancer and screening program
  • Diabetes prevention and control including prevention of diabetes complications program
  • Heart disease and stroke prevention program
  • Improving physical activity and nutrition program
  • And other upcoming programs such asHIV/AIDS program

Our founders, staff, board members and volunteers are committed to reducing the impact of chronic diseases through education and through partnering with other organizations one person at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time!

Mission

To empower the South Florida minority communities to develop healthy habits for greater health through awareness, education, guidance and counseling.

Vision

Creating healthier communities and reducing the impact of chronic diseases in minority communities.

Goals

To promote health and improve the quality of life of all persons in minority communities in South Florida who have or are at risk of having diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Our ultimate goal is to reduce the burden of disability and death from diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases through education, prevention and early detection.

Founders

Founder and Executive Director

Pascale D Auguste, RN, BSN is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in health administration and over 15 years of experience in public health. Ms. Auguste has worked extensively with the Haitian community and also with the African American and the Caribbean American communities of Broward and Miami Dade County providing community outreach, health education and support. Pascale is well respected in the community and has partnered with numerous community health organizations in an effort to assist the community to achieve better health outcomes. Ms. Auguste truly believes as Nelson Mandela said “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Co-Founder and Program Director

Patricia Moise Dorcius MD, MPH, MCHES is a physician in Haiti who has achieved a Masters in Public Health at Florida International University (FIU) and obtained her Masters as a Health Education Specialist (MCHES) . Her ability to communicate with the members of the community especially the Haitian community and also the African American community is a direct result of her passion and her education and training. Dr. Patricia Moise has worked with FIU on projects in research and health promotion in Haiti. Dr. Patricia Moise has worked extensively for many years with the Haitian community in Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Haiti

Co-founder

Pierre Denizé was a diabetic for many years and developed many of the complications of diabetes including hypertension, heart disease and kidney failure. As co-founder of the organization Mr. Denizé hoped that by telling his story and by educating and promoting others to develop healthy habits he could delay or prevent diabetes complication in others. Pierre Denizé was the founder of the “Association Pour La Prevention de L’Alcoolisme et Autres Accoutumances Chimiques” (APAAC) in Haiti. APAAC was the first organization in Haiti founded for the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse. Mr. Denizé had numerous years of experience working with the Haitian community on substance abuse prevention.                                                  Mr. Denizé died on October 1, 2017 of cardiac complications caused by diabetes.