About Program for Multicultural Health
Women from multi ethnic group talking to each other.

Our Mission

The Program for Multicultural Health develops culturally responsive initiatives in partnership with communities that enhance overall health & well-being and increase health equity.

Program for Multicultural Health

Why Understanding Culture and Health Matters

Culture is an integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, language, communications, practices, beliefs, and values common to a group of people, and it is always changing. PMCH develops and advocates for culturally responsive programs and services that are respectful and receptive to the needs of diverse populations.

Given the vast and alarming health inequities, it is essential to build awareness of the impact culture has on overall health and well-being.

Contact Us
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Community Health Services
Program for Multicultural Health
3621 S. State Street
KMS Place
Suite 710
Ann Arbor MI, 48108

What Guides Our Work

Good health begins in the places where we are born, live, work, play, and learn. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. Unfortunately, many communities face persistent challenges that limit opportunities to be healthy - no access to healthy foods, parks, healthcare, or transportation. PMCH utilizes multiple frameworks such as community engagement, the social ecological model, and others to address root causes of health inequities.

Community Engagement: the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people...it can also be seen as a continuum of community involvement moving from outreach to consulting to collaborative initiatives

Social Ecological Model: health is affected by the interaction between the individual, the group/community, and the physical, social, and political environments. This approach focuses on integrating approaches to change the physical and social environments rather than modifying only individual health behaviors
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Principles of community engagement, 2011

Our Team


  • Alfreda Rooks, MPA, Director
  • Trudy Hall, MPH, Senior Health Promotion Specialist
  • Angela Johnson, PhD, MA,  Senior Outreach Specialist
  • Janilla Lee, Ph.D., Asian Program Coordinator
  • Cindy Anim-Gyan, MPH, CHES, Program Coordinator


  • Diarratou Kaba, BS, MS
  • Jorja Wegryn-Jones

  • Arul Rajeswaran

  • Janice Amin