Washington said the issues are the same no matter which sickness you are talking about — not understanding the scientific process, bad information, language barriers and a lack of diversity among health care workers.

“If you don't have a medical home where you feel safe, feel like they trust you and are in tune with individual needs and your culture — if you don't have all of that, you're not likely to access the health care system unless you are really sick,” he said.

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