|Clarisse Mefotso Fall, MPH — Executive Director and Founder of African Hope Committee, Inc.|
Clarisse Fall is originally from Cameroon, a wife, mother and a dedicated professional woman. She attended LaGuardia Community College as a Student Nurse and then transferred to college of Mount Saint Vincent to become a Public Health Educator. She earned her Bachelor in Health Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent IN 1997. As a health educator, Ms Fall worked for the Brooklyn Perinatal network for 5 years, and during that time, she returned to school and completed her Master Degree in Public Health in the area of systems and policies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She interned with the DOH, Manhattan Borough President Office and Brooklyn Borough President Office and worked closely with Dr. Yvonne Graham, the Deputy Brooklyn Borough President. Through her internship with Dr. Graham, she developed specific work plan for the formation of the African Hope Committee. And since the formation of African Hope Committee and through Ms. Fall’s hard work, she is a recipient of a Proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz in 2004 and 2006 and from the Former Manhattan Borough President, Virginia Field in 2005, a Citation from Bill Perkins in 2004 and from the councilmember Robert Jackson in 2006 she also received a Recognition Award from former Commissioner of Women’s Health Dr. Marjorie Hill in 2004. She is the 2005 Union Square Award Recipient.
She is also a BIA Accredited Representative from the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to oversee and process immigration application. She is an innovative and experienced public Health Educator and specialist with over 10 years’ experience in Domestics, national and international Non-profits, focusing on the improvement of quality of lives of underserved and underprivileged poor communities. Her experience includes working with the immigrant communities, developing and implementing theoretical model gear in improving poor community; participatory action research and community survey. These also include Project design, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs including women’s health, HIV/AIDS and other issues of public health importance; development and production of health materials/information for media campaign and communication. She received several awards for improving women and young girl’s lives in poor communities.
Clarisse Mefotso Fall has been a pillar in the West African community in Harlem, New York. Since the formation of the African Hope Committee in 2003, Ms. Mefotso Fall has spearheaded HIV/AIDS campaigns to dissipate harmful cultural practices, taboos and myths surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS in our infected and affected communities. AHC is a grassroots organization that provides social services, counseling, ESL/GED referrals and immigration assistance for the marginalized African Community. Clarisse has a great vision for the African Hope Committee and has worked in partnership with the New York Community to foster the mental, physical and social well being of the Immigrant population through network and collaborative partnerships.