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The Mission and History of MHI

MHI was created to level the healthcare playing field by promoting, educating, and ensuring equal healthcare access and treatment for underserved communities and individuals who are traditionally uninsured and receive a less than adequate quality of care.


Founded in 1995 by Lisa Merritt, MD, MHI focuses on health disparities, their effect on our nation's citizens, and the positive economic impact of health education, nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The essence of MHI's work embodies principles of service, empowerment, and collective community effort.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, MHI provides a holistic, full-circle-of-life approach to healing and wellness by focusing on the participation, education, and training of adults as well as offering hands-on enrichment experiences to aspiring and promising young people in the community.

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Meet the Scholars

MHI Scholars participate in our summer program where college, high school, and middle school students have the opportunity to learn from hands-on experience of assisting at a physician's office. Students are exposed to careers in the medical field and ongoing access to career mentors, academic and career planning.


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Meet the Board of Directors of
The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)

Karimu F. Hill-Harvey, Esq., LL.M, retired Judge

A Municipal Court Judge in East Orange & Irvington, New Jersey since 2000 (now retired)  and an attorney in practice for over thirty [30] years. She is the first African-American woman listed in the "Top 20 Verdicts and Settlements" of the New Jersey Law Journal, by obtaining a $3.25 million settlement in Grant v. Laresca, et al. It was a case which afforded her the opportunity to make new law, as she also did in Simmons-Dixon v. Ford Motor Corporation, in which she obtained a reversal of an administrative law judge's decision relating to automobile "Lemon Law", as well as, several others.


Dr. Pamela Greer

Pamela Greer, MD attended Drexel University Medical School.  She completed a general

Internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wa.. Her radiology residency was at the University of Chapel in North Carolina and at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. As a radiologist, She had a private practice in ultrasound and mammography. Her second career for 20 years was as a general radiologist with the American Lake VA Medical Center, in Tacoma, Wa. She is A relatively newcomer to the area

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