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ACCESS and the Kidney Foundation of Michigan Offer Free Health Workshop for Arab Americans

posted on: Apr 30, 2008

On May 16, The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will begin hosting the six-week, Personal Action Toward Health program at the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center in Dearborn, Mich. Located on 6450 Maple Road, the free workshop will be held in Arabic once a week to help women manage chronic diseases.

The Partners on the PATH Workshop is designed to provide knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression.

Classes are run by professional leaders and trained lay people who hold informal, small group discussions and provide easy-to-understand course materials. Instructors provide ways to reduce pain and stress, cope with fatigue, use medications wisely and benefit from exercise.

Participants also learn about self-help devices that can enhance daily activities and are given an opportunity to ask questions about health concerns.

The program is suited for both the newly diagnosed as well as those seeking more aggressive management. The program has been proven in studies to reduce symptoms and physician visits as well as increase self-management abilities and communication with doctors.

Pre-registration for the PATH Workshop is necessary and enrollment is limited. To register, please call ACCESS at (313) 216-2200.