Health—General & Rehabilitative

The Multicultural Health Institute

aka MHI   |   Sarasota, FL   |  www.the-mhi.org

Mission

MHI seeks to level the health care playing field by promoting, educating, and ensuring equal health care access and treatment for under served communities and individuals who are traditionally uninsured and receive a less than adequate quality of care; supporting programs that educate, identify and test for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease, Infant Mortality, HIV/Aids and other health issues.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

No Executive Director

Main address

1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Way

Sarasota, FL 34234 USA

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EIN

68-0384071

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Public Health Program (E70)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MHI is devoted to improving the health status in diverse, under-served and/or under represented communities. Through collaboration and education, we promote wellness and health care that will lead to longer, healthier lives and reduce costly health disparities through effective prevention efforts. We support programs that educate, identify and test for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality and other health issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MHI STEAM Career Awareness

MHI STEAM Career Awareness. STEAMH Summer Camp - Science Technology Education Arts Mathematics Health initiative re-introduces Sarasota County school students to the real world of STEAMH careers through rich 'vocationally' visual, hands on experiences, informative talks, field trips,independent projects and scientific exploration. STEAM directs our young people's naturally inquisitive minds towards career paths that build on their internet research abilities, enact literacy skills; and, with self-evaluation (*) explore the healing arts- scientifically based career opportunities. The programs are provide through the MHI Scholars and generous donation from the Sarasota Sierra Club.Our partners Sarasota Sierra Club, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Sunshine Community Compost, Community Foundation of Sarasota, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. 280.5 volunteer hours went into making this a successful summer camp. Ongoing goal for 2019-2020 is to engage a complete community, School Pipeline- elementary through High School, an after school club for homework assistance, science fair prep& career advising.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$30,000

MHI Health & Wellness - Healing Circle. The program consist of a series of peer-led self-management group sessions to cover topics including stress management, brain health, nutrition, fitness, prevention of heart disease and cancer. The goal in these sessions is to provide health education and promote behavioral skills to help carry out the tasks necessary to live as well as possible. These skills include managing and monitoring symptoms, navigating health systems, and working with healthcare providers. The program will have a series of professionally-led group assemblies as well that will include guest speakers, stress management techniques, and group discussions to reach the goal of increasing health education. It is hoped with greater self-awareness and linkage to regular and culturally competent care, vulnerable populations will learn to blunt the effects of chronic disease; resulting in decreased burden on local emergency rooms and increased participation in available effective programs offered in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$30,000

MHI Health & Wellness - Discount Clinic. The MHI Discount Clinic program will help uninsured and unde rinsured people in our communities. The program provides high quality, cost effective, primary and preventive health care along with chronic disease management. MHI provides a board array of primary and preventive health care services in a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manner and seeks to link people to appropriate care resources in the community. We offer a sliding fee scale program for those that are uninsured and not eligible for any other type of insurance coverage based on income, family size and the type of services needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

Awards

2012 Unity award - Medical category 2012

Biz941 Magazine

Community Service Award 2008

Genesis Health Services

Innovation Recognition Award 2007

WEDU Television Station - Sarasota & Bradenton, Florida

Community Service Award 2010

Healthy Start

Community Service Award 2012

Newtown, Florida Martin Luther King Celebration Committee

Youth Empowerment Award 2008

The Links

Concerns of Women Physicians Award: Woman in Medicine Award 2014

National Medical Association Council

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

MHI Goals : a.) Establish a complete community, school pipeline- elementary through high school and ongoing throughout the year to provide support to increase the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds successfully prepare for STEAMH ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Health) careers. b.) Increase public awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACES), how to identify those at risk linking them to available services. c.) Collaboration on respiratory health, nutritional awareness ,stress management, wellness self care methods & cancer awareness through MHI Healing Circles- educate vulnerable populations in self-exam, screening mammograms, where to procure tests at low cost. Engage & train peer to peer educators to hold"pink Tea Parties" at churches, neighborhoods, workplaces to expand/perpetuate influence of the program. health fair, . d.) Dissemination of health education, research & reference materials via various social media outlets, regular newsletter publication, public speaking engagements, community health fairs, health information kiosks and webinars. By continuing to develop & implement programs that help reduce health disparities. MHI's work helps reduce costs within our strained health care system. It's programs reach the working uninsured, serve to strengthen weak linkages & access to health care; building capacity & fostering greater community collaboration & partnership among related agencies & organizations within the region.

MHI continues to build on what we do best, deploying our dedicated team of volunteers throughout the community attending health fairs , community events, community meetings providing health information, community resources and blood pressure checks and linkage to health care. We hold workshops where community members can attend and learn from experts in many fields . Our Healing Circle Your Health Matters series such as "Lung & Respiratory Health" partnering with the Lung Health Clinic ,Sarasota Memorial Hospital; our "Low Cost, Nutritional Cooking" partnering with All Faiths Food Bank and future planned Healing Circles for topics such as stress management and Breast Cancer Awareness. In partnership with Sierra Club we will establish a science club , mentoring of students interested in STEAMH related careers, after school assistance in homework completion, preparation for Science Fairs and SAT or ACT tests as well as Shadowing/internship opportunities.

MHI's outreach efforts has allowed it to forge partnerships with non-profit organizations, government entities and community based initiatives. Our partnerships with Gulf Coast Medical Society, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, BEST Academy, New College of Florida, VISTA, AHEC( Tobacco Free Florida), Sarasota Department of Health & Human Services, Anti Racist Coalition and others. This collaborative approach addresses the environmental health issues and STEAMH career pipeline expansion. In 2019, so far, the MHI team has logged over 776 volunteer hours, held numerous events and collaborated on planning, recruitment and support for over 65 impactful activities. We have a proven track record of the success of our MHI Scholars/students who have gone on to successful careers in healthcare and science and are "giving back" to their communities.

Success will be monitored by monthly reports documenting educational activities, speakers, number of participants and feedback after events as well as number of health information pamphlets and handouts given out, number of people linked to care and number of people who have blood pressure checks.. It will also be monitored by number of subscribers to our Website ,Facebook Page and newsletter utilizing Google analytics and Constant Contact analytics.

The successful completion of our Summer STEAMH program has allowed us to take the first steps in the establishment of a year-round STEAMH pipeline program. We are working with the local high school principal, staff and students in establishing a STEAMH Club in the school that is led by students and supported by MHI. This club will also reach out to the local middle school and elementary school with informative sessions

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Multicultural Health Institute

Board of directors
as of 2/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Lisa Merritt

Kinesia Rehabilitation Group (KRG), Founder Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)

Term: 1998 - 2021


Board co-chair

Dr. Teresa Petterson

LECOM

Term: 2007 - 2021

Teresa Pettersen

Clinical Instructor, LECOM

Curtis Yew

Owner, CPA, Inc.

Lisa Merritt

Kinesia Rehabilitation Group, Founder Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)

Washington Hill

Physician

William Cromwell

Carter Cromwell Law Group

Katrina Davis

Charlottee Urogynecology Associates

Dezra White

retired Dr. Ob/Gyn

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

STEM, Health Disparity, Under-served, Under-represented, Healthy Lifestyle, Nutrition