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Ethnic Health Institute

Raised toward our $500 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 03:33 PM PST
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Help us address real health inequities in the communities we serve

The Call to Give

One of my favorite parts of working at SMU is that it’s easy to align my philanthropy with my values. I am a woman of color who grew up seeing my family and community members be impacted by a healthcare system that wasn’t built to support them. This experience instilled in me a passion for health equity and ensuring that marginalized communities get the care they deserve. That’s why I give to SMU’s Ethnic Health Institute (EHI). 

By donating to EHI you are supporting: 

  • Free health screenings and health education to under-resourced community members
  • Student internship opportunities to support health equity programs 
  • Health equity research and fellowship opportunities for students, staff, and faculty 
  • Trainings for SMU students and employees about how to mitigate bias and provide culturally sensitive care to diverse communities 
  • And much more! 

I am proud to work at our University which houses EHI, an internationally known institute that has been serving communities of color and educating students and healthcare workers on best practices in health equity for over 20 years. 

Join me in fighting for health equity while also supporting the SMU community! 


Sam Alavi-Irvine

Director, Center for Community Engagement 

Mission and What We Do

The Ethnic Health Institute will be a national model for university and community-based partnerships that promote health equity for underserved and ethnic community members; and prepare and support SMU students to serve diverse communities, impact health equity, and increase workforce diversity.

EHI works collaboratively to bridge SMU students, faculty, and staff with diverse community members and the organizations that serve them; aligning opportunities for learning and service to the community.

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10+ Community Partners

Well over 10+ community partner organizations we work with in Oakland, Sacramento, and the Peninsula. For example, resource sharing at health fairs and community events: Oakland Homeless Youth Tiny House Village, MISSSEY, African American Health Fair @ Lake Merritt, SMU campuses, and Marisol Village Nat’l Night Out Community Resource Fair


EHI Founded in 1997

The Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) was founded in 1997 as a hospital-based community benefit program aimed at addressing disparities in chronic diseases disproportionately affecting ethnic and underserved communities in the Bay Area.


100+ Volunteers Rallied

In 2022, we rallied over 100+ SMU volunteers at the NorCal Special Olympics. Your donation allows us to continue our work of connecting passionate supporters to community opportunities


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