Minnesota African health care providers’ businesses have banded together to form a new association for their budding enterprises. Membership is open to businesses that operate long-term care facilities, home cares and those that provide home support services.
The African Health Care Providers Association will hold its official launch this Saturday, February 15 at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis during a two-hour launch program that starts at 4:30pm. Minnesota Department of Human Services Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Anab Guleid, will deliver the keynote address. Guleid oversees $3 billion in publicly funded programs for people with disabilities for the State of Minnesota. She received her Bachelors in Environmental Health from Ryerson University and a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
“This is a historic moment for African businesses,” said Bill Akuma, chair of the African Health Care Providers Association, who has been a strong proponent for forming such a group. “Each business has faced the challenges of navigating the health care field alone. Imagine what we can achieve when we work together.”
Akuma, the CEO of Uplifted Care Services, has called the health care industry the most regulated in the country, which calls for a collective response in navigating its complexity. The new organization will provide the necessary advocacy and policy support the growing number of African health care businesses in the state need and serve as a platform for supporting best industry practices, he said.
Founding members have been meeting for more than a year to plan for the new organization, encouraged in part by state officials that regulate the sector. A handful of African owned home care businesses have fallen afoul of the stringent rules that govern the industry and have had their licenses terminated, woes partly been blamed on not fully appreciating the complexities that govern the industry. The African Health Care Providers Association will help bridge these existing gaps, according to the founding members.
Associate memberships will also be open to businesses and individuals that provide support services to home care businesses.
The African Health Care Providers Association Launch
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 4:30PM CST
Where: Saint Mary’s University Center – 2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404