Program Coordinator Diabetes Self-Management
Khadijatu Fofanah MNM, is the “Live Well with Diabetes” Diabetes Self-Management Program Coordinator at the Center for African American Health. She joins the Center after serving as one of the certified volunteer DSMP Facilitators. She comes to us with a considerable amount of talent in community outreach, communications, public health, nutrition, and program development. Prior to coming to the Center, Khadijatu served as a Community Health Advisor for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver and is also a volunteer Fitness Trainer with the American Diabetes Association of Denver.
Teaching class participants that being healthy is achievable and can be enjoyed is one of her passions. She has worked with people who are suffering from the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle which can result in the onset of obesity and diabetes. She believes, “A health professional’s concentration is to teach people techniques and life skills that will empower them to acquire healthy habits like eating nutritious foods and exercising so that the process is not intimidating or overwhelming.”
Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Khadijatu is a first generation American who understands that culture has a lot to do with how people view food and their lifestyle choices. Culture is tightly connected with how people live their lives.
She says that she is honored to work at the Center for African American Health and to be a part of a movement that is tackling many health disparities in the community. Khadijatu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master’s Degree from Regis University in Non-Profit Management.