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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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Our SafeKeepers

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