The Multicultural Health Institute

aka MHI   |   Sarasota, FL   |
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The Multicultural Health Institute

EIN: 68-0384071


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


Principal Officer

Lisa Merritt MD

Main address

1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Way

Sarasota, FL 34234 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

STEM education



Public health

Population served info



Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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 people

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

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

Where we work


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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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


The Multicultural Health Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 31.83 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Multicultural Health Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Multicultural Health Institute’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $128,847 $2,977
As % of expenses 76.7% 1.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $127,702 $1,925
As % of expenses 75.5% 0.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $296,904 $307,931
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 3.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.9%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $168,057 $298,591
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 77.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 43.0% 52.1%
Occupancy 3.2% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 53.8% 44.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $169,202 $299,643
One month of savings $14,005 $24,883
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $183,207 $324,526

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021
Months of cash 8.5 4.9
Months of cash and investments 8.5 4.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.3 5.4
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021
Cash $119,697 $121,641
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $10,283 $10,283
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 56.3% 68.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.3% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $134,591 $136,516

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021
Material data errors No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Lisa Merritt MD

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

The Multicultural Health Institute

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Dr. Lisa Merritt

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

Term: 1998 - 2021

Board co-chair

Dr. Teresa Petterson


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


William Cromwell

Carter Cromwell Law Group

Katrina Davis

Charlottee Urogynecology Associates

Dezra White

retired Dr. Ob/Gyn

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/23/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.