WHEN: 7:00 pm,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
WHERE: Legacy Books & Cafe, 5249 Delmar (near Union), St. Louis MO 63108
Every year that goes by, Cuba becomes better known for its medical care. Its Latin American School of Medicine trains over 20,000 students from Latin American and Africa. They will return home to practice medicine in distressed communities.
Cuba provides their education free along with their books, dorm room, meals and health care. They become doctors with no school loans to pay off.
Cuba’s unique medical training aims to produce doctors who listen to their patients and learn from them. The medical school in Havana is now looking for students from the US who are low income and/or people of color.
A panel discussion will include:
• Angelia Elgin, NAACP
Angelia Elgin, RN, BS, BA, MA, CCEMTP, is chair of the Health and Public Safety Committee of the St. Louis NAACP. She will discuss educational needs of black students.
• Rebecca Fitz, Student, Latin American School of Medicine
Rebecca Fitz, finishing her third year at the Latin American School of Medicine, will give a first-hand account of going to school and living in Havana.
• Rev. Luís Barrios, Caravan for Cuba
Rev. Luís Barrios will talk about the current state of US-Cuba relations and the blockade, and the role of the Caravan for Cuba in challenging the blockade and travel ban.
• Don Fitz, Gateway Green Alliance [moderator]
Don Fitz will discuss Cuba’s medical internationalism, especially in Peru, Haiti and Africa.