Focusing on Arab health

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Dr. Ameer Zufari provided free dental exams at the Arab American Community Center. (Photo by Sebastian Arbelaez / Valencia Voice)

There are currently 50 million Americans without health insurance. The Arab American Community Center, a non-profit organization, hosted the Health, Immigrant, and Kids Fair at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The event consisted of various health tests, immigration advice, along with food, games and rides for kids.

“The core value of the AACC is to provide opportunities for uninsured patients in our community,” said President of the AACC, Neal Abid.

There were also free consultations and workshops from lawyers about issues regarding immigration. Well-known law firm, Nejame Law, is a long time partner and sponsor of the AACC.
Shazad Ahmed, along with many other lawyers were offering advice pro-bono.

Florida Hospital and Metro Pharmacy provided several health tests. Metro Pharmacy provided blood pressure and ACCU-Check which targets the blood glucose. Florida Hospital also provided free mammograms for women.

“We are committed to making sure women get mammograms, and to take care of themselves in general,” said Monica Lowry, community outreach coordinator for Florida Hospital.

Zumba classes was provided by Nadoona Zumba. Arig Wageeh who also works for Heart of Florida United Way, and Dr. Rachel Newcomb a professor at Rollins, taught the class.

“Middle-eastern women are more prone to gaining weight, and diseases that are resulted from it,” Wageech said. “I wanted to come and emphasize how important incorporating exercise into your daily life.”

There were festival rides for children to keep them entertained, along with food from restaurants such as Elegante and Anatolia.

“I think it’s imperative to be connected with the community, but also provide services as well,” public relations and media director of the AACC, Rasha Mubarak said.