Co-founder, Vice President of Promoting Health in Haiti (PHH)
Dr. Bellefleur graduated from Manhattan Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1978. She received her B.S. in 1982, her M.S. in 1984 from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing. She received her PhD from Adelphi University in 1996.
Dr. Bellefleur has been teaching nursing for over thirty years. She is currently Professor Emerita at Nassau Community College. Her previous faculty appointments include New York City Technical College and Adelphi University. Dr. Bellefleur has been an active member of Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, The International Honor Society of Nursing. In 2002 she received the Excellence in Nursing Education Award and the Mentoring Award in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Bellefleur received the Haitian-American Changemakers & Ones to Watch in the US from the Haitian Roundtable 1804 List. Dr. Bellefleur received several awards from the Haitian-American Nursing Association (HANA) for her innovative work in nursing. In March 2019, Dr. Bellefleur received the Adelphi University Women’s Recognition Award for her work in Haiti.
From 2015 to the present, Dr. Bellefleur has been serving as a liaison between The State University of New York (SUNY), Haiti’s Ministry of Health, Haiti State University and Nurse Leaders of Haiti. SUNY’s goal is to collaborate with the public and private sectors to better the lives of the Haitian people. She is the co-founder of Promoting Health in Haiti, Inc. an organization created for the sole purpose of supporting nursing education in Haiti.