Who Are We?
"To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother's and sister's problems, our problems and to solve them together." - Ujima principle
What does Ujima mean?
Ujima is the third principle or day of Kwanzaa. Ujima is pronounce (oo-JEE-mah). To learn more about Kwanzaa, click here. Although Kwanzaa is rooted in African-American culture, the principles of Kwanzaa support our belief that we are all connected and we must address the needs of our brothers and sisters regardless of our differences.
The Ujima Institute was founded by Dr. Lisa VanHoose. As a physical therapist and researcher, she believes that
individual and societal wellness
requires village-like efforts.
The Ujima Institute is focused on improving the health and wellness of black communities. The institute provides a space for women to recharge so they can care for themselves, their families, and their communities (H.E.R. Village), community members to seek out rehab professionals who provide holistic care and education (H.E.A.L. Village), and all persons to participate and promote community based participatory service and research (C.A.R.E. Village).
However, the Institute works due to the efforts of many, not just its owner and founder.
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE:
1. Healthy women are needed for healthy families and communities.
2. Communities need healthcare providers who demonstrate cultural humility, empathy, and a commitment to holistic, high quality care.
3. Research needs to be created, conducted, and communicated with community members to have the greatest impact.
We, The Ujima Institute, are people and organizations from all walks of life committed to improving our communities. We represent patients, caregivers, health care providers, elected officials, clinics, organizations, and others. We are focused on improving the wellness of Black communities. We respect and engage the voices and expertise of all. We truly believe in collective work and responsibility.