i4Health (Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health) was established in September 2012 by faculty, staff, and students at Palo Alto University under the direction of Professor Ricardo F. Muñoz, to add one more element to our mission of "Engaging Minds, Improving Lives" around the globe. We work on ways to provide health and mental health services to underserved communities by providing them with mobile Apps and Internet accessible interventions and resources.

Our goals are
  • To contribute to reducing health disparities worldwide by developing and evaluating behavioral and mental health interventions using Internet and mobile application technology
  • To design these interventions so they can be effective as self-help interventions by people who do not have access to health care providers because of geographic or economic obstacles
  • For those who do have access to a therapist, to design the interventions so that when used concurrently they will improve outcomes
  • To make the interventions so useful to the health care providers themselves, that they will suggest their use to their other patients
  • To make these interventions available to anyone around the world

We wish to help as many people as possible anywhere in the world with the resources that we make available on our website

Users from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Congo Kinshasa, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Yemen, Northern Rhodesia, Palestine, Perú, Romania, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States have downloaded our resources.

  • Our manuals have been used to treat depression, smoking, dizziness or other problems in Pakistan, Mexico, Guatemala, Finland, France, Chile, Hong Kong, Spain, Bolivia, Singapore, and the United States.
  • Aside from the countries listed above, our visitors came from Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Uruguay, Venezuela and many other countries.
Our History

Our work is largely the continuation of the projects initiated by the Latino Mental Health Research Program (LMHRP), a group established in 1993 by the Latino Task Force at the San Francisco General Hospital. The LMHRP, on its mission to conduct research relevant to the health and mental health needs of the Latino populations of California, has conducted studies in the following areas:

  • Internet World Health Research Center
  • Stop Smoking Web Study
  • Mothers and Babies Project
  • Depression Risk Study
  • Depression Management Course
  • Txt4Mood Project
  • The Audio Coach for Depression Project/El Consejero Port├ítil

For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.
For additional information on Latino mental health research, please visit the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Latino Mental Health Research Program website.
For more information regarding technology-based mental health research, please visit the UCSF and SFGH Internet World Health Research Center website.