Frequently Asked Questions

What is Uniting for Health Innovation (UfHI)? 

We are an independent, nonprofit organization that unites government, industry, and local communities in the Americas to advance innovation in public health. 

As a 501(c)3 organization, we are dedicated to helping people across the Americas live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Our decisions are guided by our core principles:  Accountability, Transparency, Respectability, Integrity

What differentiates UfHI’s approach from that of other nonprofit organizations focused on public health?

Our programs build on a successful track record working in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region with diverse stakeholders to solve today’s complex public health challenges, which requires knowledge from diverse disciplines and perspectives, thoughtful collaboration, and innovative approaches. We have the flexibility to convene a broad range of thought leaders and the most insightful minds in industry, academia, philanthropy, and government, and to engage the right partners with the expertise, ingenuity, and resources to improve the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. We help forge cross-disciplinary alliances to create institutional change and build healthier, more secure futures for families and communities.

What are UfHI’s focus areas? 

Our current focus areas are in line with the most pressing priorities facing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Promoting Prevention, Leveraging Technologies, and Identifying Best Practices and Solutions.

What kind of impact does UfHI have?

We have a long history of innovating health solutions, since our founding as the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) in 1968. For example, through the medical textbook program known as PALTEX and various partnerships, we helped improve health care training and development and strengthen health systems across the region. Today, UfHI continues to bring a broad range of partners together to address communicable and non-communicable diseases and help countries build strong health systems. Initiatives to address women’s cancers, confront the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and reduce the incidence of neglected tropical diseases are current priority projects.

What is the relationship between UfHI and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)?

We were originally established by PAHO and, until early 2018, we were known as PAHO Foundation. Today, UfHI is an independent, US-registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Where does UfHI operate?

UfHI strives to create lasting partnerships for systemic change across the Americas, although most of our efforts are currently focused in Latin America and the Caribbean. By convening strategic partners and mobilizing technical, financial, and intellectual resources to address complex health challenges, we help save lives and change futures. 

Where is UfHI headquartered, and why?

UfHI is based in Atlanta at 2 Ravinia Drive NE, Suite 1540, Atlanta, GA 30346. You may also contact us by sending an email to: or calling +1 404-382-8699.

Atlanta not only puts us close to Latin America and the Caribbean, it is a hub for global health. It provides fertile ground for collaboration with the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

The city is home to many top global brands and leading centers of public health research, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Task Force for Global Health, Carter Center, Emory University, and Morehouse College.

Where does UfHI receive its funding from?

Our work would not be possible without the support of foundations, corporations, and individuals who share our vision of a healthier, more equitable Americas.

Why should we support UfHI?

Every donation to UfHI, helps mobilize more technical, financial, and intellectual resources to address the complex health challenges facing people across the Americas. All contributions become part of a larger, more impactful effort to improve people’s health and well-being. 

How much funding has UfHI raised?

Since 2005, UfHI has mobilized more than $65 million to reduce the burden of disease and improve health outcomes for families and communities throughout the Americas.

How can we support UfHI?

You can support our life-changing work by becoming a partner, volunteer, giving a gift, or donating online.