The Minority Health Alliance is a collaboration of health organizations and professional individuals dedicated to improving the health status of the minority community. The organization was established to help reduce health disparities among minority groups in Greater Cleveland, with a special focus on underserved and under represented populations. The purpose of this Alliance is furtherance of the following objectives:
Support efforts to decrease chronic illness among communities of color
Provide health information, screenings and programs
Empower community members to take action on health and health-related issues
The Minority Health Alliance (MHA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (NBLIC). After attending the Midwestern Regional Conference of the NBLIC in the fall of 1995, the Cleveland NBLIC Coalition and the Special Populations committee of the ACS unanimously decided to join forces to make an impact on the Cleveland community in the area of cancer education, prevention, and early detection. Although cancer focused, other organizations were invited to fulfill the mission of improving the health of the minority community in Cleveland. As membership grew, the group's name was formally changed to the Minority Health Alliance.
MHA received its non-profit status in 1997. As it exists today, MHA is a collaboration of concerned organizations committed to our mission of promoting health, preventing disease and illness, providing resources and referral services, and increasing awareness about health and wellness issues among minority populations in the greater Cleveland area.
MHA has worked diligently through the years to be a visible and viable force in addressing health disparities in Cleveland. Through collaboration of its many member organizations, MHA has provided health education programming and events addressing a variety of health concerns in the minority community.