ABWW Heroine of the Day: Dr. Mahret

Dr. Mahret is an Ethiopian- American public health physician that is using oral histories to teach about health. In medicine, there is a true moral compass that points north. These stories are meant only to serve the patient. She is the founder of TruthAIds that uses oral culture to spread the message of AIDS prevention. The stereotype that black women are aggressive and emasculating does not hold up around sexuality. Black women have the highest rate of AIDS infection primarily because our reluctance to protect our health over our men’s sexual needs. Taking advantage of the importance of black oral culture Dr. Mahret held conversations, and learned how place affects the relationships people have with themselves and each other. This process of listening and asking new questions began to change the ways in which we taught and thought about prevention. The implications for health literacy reach far beyond HIV/AIDS.
Learn more at the TruthAIDS website

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