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The Edith Mitchell Health Initiative


The EMHI, a 501c3 non-profit organization, develops programs aimed and designed to activate healthy living in underserved communities.  Edith Mitchell, the namesake of the initiative, was a pioneer in nursing along the Gulf Coast of the United States.  She exuded excellence in nursing professionalism and education while demanding a compassionate spirit to all patients. Her legacy lives on this initiative.


The Edith Mitchell Health Initiative (EMHI) began as a mission to provide financial opportunity for aspiring nurses attending Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. This vision has expanded to include health initiatives for minority communities both nationally and internationally.


The EMHI is named in honor of Edith Louise Mitchell. Mitchell founded the nursing program and empowered students at Carver State Technical College (now affiliated with Bishop State Community College) in Mobile, Alabama. Hundreds of nurses owe their career to the time and talents Mitchell exuded. She demanded perfection from nursing professionals and their commitment to excellence and compassion for their patients. Mitchell was a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute!


Her compassion for people and their health is the core foundation of EMHI.

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