Medical community leaders say education is key to quality health care

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Dr. Haftu Gebrehiwot speaking during ALG Health Forum. March, 30 in Englewood, CO.

Medical practitioners are continuing the discussion of how Africans can make a difference in the U.S. health care system.

On April 28, Africa Agenda covered a story and posted audio from Part I of an event organized by the African Leadership Group.

In the discussion, several practitioners discussed the challenges Africans face in regards to health care in the U.S. and what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle despite these challenges.

In part 2 of the discussion, Dr. Johnny Johnson, obstetrician and gynecologist, Alok Sarwal, Ph.D., executive director at Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice and Dr. Haftu Gebrehiwot, a family practice physician, talk of how can Africans make a difference in the U.S. health care system.

Within the health care bureaucracy,  it is not just differences in culture that Africans bring with them; it is also issues of “poverty, language, racism and education” that they confront while in America.

But Johnson said education is key to empowering the African community to take charge of their health care.

“If I have an educated patient, I have a powerful patient,” he said.

Listen to Part 2 of the discussions here.

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