The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is funded by numerous entities that are equally committed to its mission.
We learn through research both in the lab and in the community-translating findings into meaningful interventions that will improve health and healthcare outcomes.
We strive to share our knowledge through education at multiple levels, focusing on disparities spanning the life-course in both clinical and public health domains.
We raise public awareness through advocacy about issues of critical concern to the African American community and mobilize concerned citizens to take action.
GRAAHI’s mission is “To promote health care parity in the Grand Rapids African American community through advocacy, education and research to achieve positive health outcomes.” By promoting health care parity or equality, GRAAHI will have an impact on the health disparities that currently exist for African Americans who live in this community.
Meeting GRAAHI’s mission will then assist in meeting its vision. GRAAHI’s vision is “To ensure that all West Michigan residents will have optimal health care and benefit from health systems without race being an impediment.” In other words, cultural competent care will be received by all without one’s color or ethnic origin being a factor to those providing or receiving the care.