Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Julie Bass, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


The profession of occupational therapy is not yet recognized in Haiti. An opportunity opened in 2012 to start professional educational programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy at a Haitian university. Operational planning, strategic planning, and fundraising began informally. In 2015 a formal planning process was held. The method for this case study was program development, using mission and vision, SWOC analysis, and goal setting. A Logic Model was used for writing a case statement and letters of inquiry for grant funds. Conclusions were that fundraising work was crucially important, flexibility was needed to respond to unpredictable external factors, and cultural humility and cultural mediators were essential. Finally, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy guidelines provided a wider context for a new educational program, with their emphasis on starting an occupational therapy professional association and building a broad base of support for the profession in a new country.