Movement Building for Racial, Social, and Health Justice

We advocate for building and sustaining active and inclusive movements that draw attention to, and seek to overturn, the inequitable impact of race, class, and affiliation on health and well-being. 

Activism is in HAI’s DNA, and is a critical tool used by HAI to advocate for more equitable health policies and strategies. We work with global and local coalitions to support community organizing around issues that impact health and well being, with a focus on race and social equality. 

We support these organizations in the same way we support our government partners in the countries where we work:  by joining our expertise, experience, resources, and voice with theirs.  Examples include organizing events in Seattle and beyond that focus on refugee and immigrant health, mental health, trade and health justice, and universal primary care.  We have helped facilitate anti-racist workshops and helped bring information, resources, and perspective to important issues such as police violence, nuclear deproliferation, and health activism

Since 2014, HAI has sat on the Steering Committee of the global, grassroots health organization the People’s Health Movement. In this role, we help identify and disseminate regional and global efforts to improve health for all. In Seattle, HAI partners with local health advocacy organizations, such as the Somali Health Board and UW Student Groups, to share research and advocacy expertise. This has led to innovative new programs, such as the Mama Amman project, backed by data-driven evaluations that can be used to seek additional resources and attention to critical community needs. 

HAI’s activist roots are carried through to the present day by seeking to fulfil our vision of health for all no matter where one is located in the world. HAI believes in speaking truth to power and standing up for those who remain voiceless, whether on a global or a local scale.



HAI staff are no strangers to taking to the streets.  With origins in the anti-apartheid movement, HAI staff around the world have stood, marched, and joined their voices with others to draw attention to the health inequities that face marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Above, staff from HAI’s Timor-Leste office marched in the country’s 2019 Pride Parade.

HAI stands in solidarity with those protesting racism, militarism and authoritarianism in America’s law enforcement system. But we do so with great humility, to honor the Black Lives Matter organizers, community leaders, and generations of activists who have led the struggle for racial justice, dignity, and police accountability.

Read our full statement, including HAI endorsements and links to local and national actions and resources for our community.

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Key Pillar Partnerships

Somali Health Board

HAI has proudly partnered with SHB, an active advocate for refugee and immigrant health in Seattle, on multiple initiatives, including the Mama Amman project.

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Global 99

HAI has a long history of partnering with student-organized and student-led groups at the University of Washington.

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Stand with HAI


When you support Health Alliance International, you take a stand for a more equitable and respectful model of global health. Your donation not only helps us expand our reach, it is an investment in our shared values of health equity and solidarity. 

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