Institute on Multicultural Health


Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation's leading health care providers, offering a seamless array of acute, primary, tertiary, quaternary and preventive care backed by excellence in research and education. Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer, Henry Ford, the health system is committed to improving the health and well-being of a diverse Michigan community. Henry Ford Health System recognizes that there are disproportionate numbers of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who are affected by serious and chronic medical conditions. The System is committed to the development of effective and innovative approaches to providing quality healthcare for these individuals in order to improve overall health and wellness.

This commitment is evident through the System’s support of the Institute on Multicultural Health (IOMH) which works to eliminate disparities in healthcare. We partner with researchers, patients, health care providers and the community to meet the needs of a diverse population.


Our vision is to achieve health equity for underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, as well as other marginalized and underserved populations, and to eliminate health inequities for all.


Our mission is to align with HFHS strategic priorities and goals as we:

  • Conduct and facilitate research, quality improvement and demonstration projects focusing on health and healthcare disparities and disseminate outcomes locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • Develop community-based initiatives that engage, convene, and empower diverse stakeholders to work towards collaborative and sustainable solutions for equity in health/health care.
  • Provide training and consultation to enhance the individual and organizational cultural competence of the healthcare system including employees, researchers, providers and leaders; and to build organizational capacity for integration of interventions that will achieve healthcare equity.


For more information, contact the Institute on Multicultural Health at (313) 874-1890.

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