CHARLOTTE – There's an urgent need for more unrepresented minority health care workers.
That was part of the message at a recruiting event held Tuesday at Johnson C. Smith University.
Tour 4 Diversity in the medical field brought doctors and practitioners together with prospective medical school students.
The group said African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans represent just 6 percent of practicing physicians and 5 percent of dentists.
Getting more minority physicians will help minorities find health care, the group said.
“Patients would like to go to providers who are of the same racial and ethnic background," said Dr. Alden Landry, Co-Director of Tour 4 Diversity. "Physicians are also more likely to practice and provide care for those patients."
JCSU sophomore Christophe Martino Fatton said he wants to be a doctor to help those in his earthquake-ravaged homeland of Haiti.
"That's why I have the passion and the soul to go out there and get that education to go back to my country and support them," said Fatton.
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