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 remains a critical tool used by our extended HAI family to advocate for more equitable health policies and strategies.

HAI advocates worked 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.  Going forward, these advocates (composed of former staff and friends of HAI) will continue to support these organizations in the same way we supported our government partners in the countries where we worked: by joining our expertise, experience, resources, and voice with theirs. 

Examples include organizing events focused 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.

In Seattle, HAI partnered with local health advocacy organizations, such as the Somali Health Board and UW Student Groups, to share research and advocacy expertise. This 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, embodied in our 2021 transition of our global operations and programs to local NGOs. 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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who we fight alongside

Somali Health Board

HAI 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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People's Health Movement

HAI served on the PHM steering council, helping to organize a global movement for grassroots health activism

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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote policies and support programs that strengthen government primary health care and foster social, economic, and health equity for all. Our vision is a just world that promotes health and well-being, including universal access to quality health care.

Our History

Health Alliance International began in 1987 as a US-based international solidarity organization committed to supporting the public sector provision of health care for all.  Over 35 years, HAI conducted programs in 17 countries, with flagship programs in Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, and Timor-Leste.

Our Evolution

In line with HAI’s commitment to support and strengthen local public health leadership, as of October 2021, HAI fully transitioned global operations and active programs to locally-based, locally-led NGOs. Learn more about this shift toward local autonomy and equity in global health.

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