The Public Health Institute For All (PHIFA) Inc., is a service oriented health education organization which was founded in 2006 in Guyana, South America. At that time, the Institute operated under the name “His Children’s Bread Healing and Research Center” (HCBHRC). Among other programs, the center offered a health promotion program and a health club for adults and children of the Vreed-en-Hoop community.
After migrating to the United States and receiving formal training in Public Health, PHIFA’s founder was inspired to formally pursue her passion for community health education. This has led to a resuscitation of HCBHRC, which is now known as PHIFA.
At PHIFA, we believe that the need for compassionate, committed, empowering and engaging health education is urgent. We encourage you to explore our innovative programs. Hopefully, you will find a few which suit your specific needs. As we embrace this era of service and commitment to you, excellent content delivery remains our priority! In your pursuit of healthfulness and happiness, may you find fulfillment, joy and peace.
PHIFA’s vision is for our world to be one in which each person values their health and well-being, with the understanding that good health allows them to enjoy long, meaningful and productive lives.
PHIFA sets out with its mandate being – “To Improve the Health Related Quality of Life and Well-Being for ALL through Education, Research and Perseverance.”
Dr. Davine Floy is a Public Health Consultant and STEM Educator whose expertise spans over a 20-year period.
In 1997, while she was a student at Rutgers University, Dr. Floy was privileged to work with a program that was known as “The Mentor Program”. Through this community outreach initiative, she was able to counsel school aged children who were identified by their teachers as needing extracurricular support. That experience was the catalyst for the passion she developed for lifelong community service.
A few years later when she attended medical school in Guyana, her summers were spent introducing the children in rural Guyana to computer literacy. This was through a program which she had designed and implemented in response to the paucity of computer exposure that had existed in Guyana at the time. Because of her organizational skills, about 80 students, aged 5 to adult, were able to benefit from the program. This was all accomplished with the use of a single desktop computer that she had taken back to Guyana in 1998 when she had returned to attend medical school.
While employed as a physician in Guyana, she used her vacation time to plan and execute what was known as the “Disease Prevention Facilitators’ Program”. This program, which was free of cost to participants, was dedicated to educating the people in her community on the recognition, prevention and control of chronic diseases. The curriculum was based on the World Health Organization’s and the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for teaching non-professionals about chronic diseases.
After returning to the United States, Dr. Floy made a decision to formally pursue a degree in the field of public health. As a result of this choice, Dr. Floy graduated in May 2018 with her Masters of Public Health from the Rutgers School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Floy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology from Rutgers – Newark and a Medical Degree from the University of Guyana Medical School. She is also a Special Education Science Teacher in the Newark Public Schools’ District.
Dr. Floy is married to her wonderful husband of five years, Mr. Godfrey Floy, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling to new places, teaching Sunday School and spending time with her great nieces and nephews.