About Katal

Katal launched in February 2016. We work to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone.

About Our Name

We pronounce it Ka-TALL. The term comes from the chemical process of catalysis and its components.

  • catalysis n. a change and especially increase in the rate of a chemical reaction induced by a catalyst (Merriam-Webster)

  • catalyst n. an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action (Merriam-Webster)

  • katal n. the unit of measurement that expresses the activity of a catalyst (American Heritage)

Our name — Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice — is inspired by, and draws from, these concepts.  We seek to accelerate the process of both transactional and transformative change, developing effective change agents, and measuring and evaluating the impact of our work.


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