Our Mission



Good health is achievable for even the most vulnerable populations in our world when we apply principles of justice, equity, and solidarity.


To create, scale, and sustain a pipeline of health professionals to care for the poorest communities at home and abroad.

The HEAL Initiative works in Native American reservations, prisons, and the poorest villages on our planet. We pair dedicated U.S. providers with local health professionals who are already working in these communities. HEAL fellows work together on the frontline for two years. They develop skills essential to global health delivery through immersive training, an on-line Master’s in Public Health, and intensive mentorship. HEAL will be sustainable with scale since we leverage existing funds. HEAL makes serving the poorest of the poor the first choice for health professionals.


  1. Teach: train future health professionals at partner sites in the U.S. and abroad
  2. Improve: develop health systems strengthening, quality and safety, including through scholarship and dissemination
  3. Partner Sustainability: collaborate longitudinally with academic institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  4. Serve: implement projects and programs that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations

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 “I am excited at the potential of the HEAL Initiative to achieve global health equity, and to push us closer to a world where nobody dies from diseases we know how to treat.”

Barbara Lee, Congresswoman of California’s 13th District