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International and Domestic Leaders to Convene to Tackle Health Issues in the Arab American Community
Date:3/4/2008

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 heal
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