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International and Domestic Leaders to Convene to Tackle Health Issues in the Arab American Community

DEARBORN, Mich., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of Arab Americans is growing. In fact, the United States has the second largest concentration of people of Arab descent outside of the Middle East. As the Arab American population grows, so do their healthcare needs. Like many other ethnic immigrant groups, Arab Americans face numerous cultural, social, and educational challenges in accessing health information and care.

In efforts to breakdown healthcare barriers for Arab Americans, the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and Wayne State University School of Medicine in partnership with local, state, national, and international health and education centers will be hosting the 5th National Conference on Health Issues in the Arab American Community November 5th-8th, 2008 in Dearborn, Michigan.

ACCESS first established this biannual conference in 1998 in order to address the expanding healthcare needs of Arab Americans. Each year the conference has grown tremendously in the depth and number of health topics and participants. The 4th National Conference, held in May 2006, brought together 605 healthcare professionals and researchers from 17 countries. ACCESS expects approximately 700 participants at the 5th National Conference on Health Issues in the Arab American Community.

"This landmark conference will bring together key healthcare professionals, providers, policy makers, researchers, educators, community advocates along with leading health professionals from throughout the Arab world to reaffirm our strong commitment to prevent disease, reduce health disparities, and promote wellness in the Arab American community," according to Dr. Hammad, Director, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, and the Chairman of the conference.

The 5th National Conference on Health Issues in the Arab American Community conference is open to physicians, nurses, mental health and public health professionals, policy makers, social workers, students, and community advocates and representatives. Presentations and discussions will focus on improving the understanding of the specific needs and cultural factors concerning the following critical health areas: cardiovascular disease and diabetes, cancer, lifestyle and health outcomes, tobacco use, environment, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. The aim of the conference is to improve the understanding of specific needs. These topics Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be available for those who are eligible.

The conference will also offer a Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Workshop.

These workshops will include in-depth presentations and discussions of research, and educational and clinical interventions happening in the Arab community worldwide. International researchers and experts from approximately 22 Arab countries will share their latest findings on global health issues.

To learn more about the 5th National Conference on Health Issues in the Arab American Community, please visit

ACCESS is a human services organization committed to the development of the Arab American community in all aspects of economic and cultural life. ACCESS helps low-income families, as well as newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in America. Its goal is to foster a greater understanding of Arab Culture in the U.S. and in the Arab world. ACCESS provides a wide range of social, mental health, educational, artistic, employment, legal, and medical services, and is dedicated to empowering people to lead more informed, productive, and fulfilling lives.

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