Global Health Initiative


The mission of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is to identify health issues that affect marginalized and vulnerable populations at home and abroad, and to implement and evaluate sustainable solutions.


GHI launched in 2013 with a donation from the prolific, Michigan-based inventor Stanford Ovshinsky. Ovshinsky, a Time Magazine “Hero of the Planet,” was a world-renowned pioneer in alternative energy and mobile technology. Ovshinsky was also a humanitarian and philanthropist, giving to those whose work he believed could help the less fortunate. He understood the power of global collaboration, recognizing what Southeastern Michigan had to offer the rest of the world and how international collaboration could also benefit those here at home.

Global approach


We bring together leading experts from around the world to allow for sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Global to local

We identify, adapt, and implement solutions from other countries that are relevant and useful to underserved communities in the United States.

Local to global

We export Henry Ford Health System expertise in caring for underserved populations to communities around the world.