Sister Susanne Lachapelle from the USA was honoured recently for her work in East Harlem.

CONGRATULATIONS! Sr. Susanne on being inducted into the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Women in Human Services Hall of Fame!!

The human services workforce is 81% women. In March, we honor some of the women providing critical services across New York. We must invest in women like these to ensure nonprofits can recruit and retain quality staff, and so our communities value our leaders!


Who Is Susanne: In 1969, Sister Susanne Lachapelle received her BS in Nursing at Boston College, and in 1973 she moved to East Harlem to work as a Community Health Nurse and Nursing Supervisor at the LSA Family Health Service. In 1986, Susanne became the Director of Patient Services. Here, she became the supervisor of the Certified Home Health Agency and Co-Director of the organization as a whole. She continues to volunteer at the LSAFHS today as a nurse and Community Liaison. Susanne has earned five prestigious awards for nursing, community outreach, or grassroots humanitarian activism, including a New York State Legislative Citation as Nurse of Distinction in 1991. She has co-authored 46 medical articles and conducted numerous presentations on these topics.

How She Makes Her Community Strong: “From the days of the Young Lords and the rise of the HIV/AIDS to shifting immigrant populations, Sister Susanne Lachapelle has been a passionate advocate for the health of families and young children in the neighborhood she calls home.