the first national survey to assess the health status of

Arab Americans

in the United States

SAHA is being conducted by public health professionals interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Arab Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Three Main Parts

The Survey of Arab Health in America is structured with three main topics in order to help assess the importance of Arab American health in the United States.

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Studying Arab Americans’ experiences with COVID-19

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General Health

Understanding the general health needs of Arab Americans

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Understanding who Arab Americans are

How It Works ?

The survey can be taken in either English or Arabic by individuals who are 18 years or older, who live in the United States, and identify as Arab American.

The survey is anonymous and no identifiable information will be collected (we will never ask for your name, phone number or address). The data you provide is safe and secure through the online platform. The survey is being conducted independently by public health researchers and is not funded by the United States government.

Primary Investigator

Dr. Abuelezam is an epidemiologist and an assistant professor at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. She received her doctorate in epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014. She is a Palestinian American born and raised in California. She has been conducting research on Arab American health for a number of years and has made important contributions to our understanding of Arab health including advancing knowledge about maternal health, mental health, and chronic disease burden in Arab populations in California, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Dr. Abuelezam has been frustrated by the lack of national representative data on Arab American health and has decided to take this challenge on by creating SAHA.

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Dr. Nadia N. Abuelezam, ScD



Dr. Sandro Galea

Dr. Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. Dr. Galea has been a strong advocate for Arab American health over the past 20 years. Dr. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.


Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He is the author of “Healing Politics” (Abrams Press, 2020), which diagnoses our country’s epidemic of insecurity and the empathy politics we will need to treat it. As a professor at Columbia University's Department of Epidemiology, Abdul became an internationally recognized expert in health policy and health inequalities. He served as Health Commissioner in the City of Detroit, appointed to rebuild the City’s health department after it was privatized during municipal bankruptcy. Abdul holds a doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as a medical degree from Columbia University, where he was a Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow and a Soros New Americans Fellow. Dr. El-Sayed has contributed to the Arab American health literature in numerous ways and has worked extensively with Drs. Galea and Abuelezam in this field.



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Hoda Abdel Magid, PhD, MHS

Hoda Abdel Magid, PhD, MHS is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University and a Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement (BD-STEP) fellow at the Palo Alto VA. Dr. Abdel Magid received her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a focus in Social Epidemiology and Masters of Health Science in Environmental Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. Her graduate career research promoted the understanding of new and emerging tobacco products use among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Abdel Magid’s current research builds upon her previous training to further understand high risk chronic disease and leverages spatial epidemiology to examine health disparities among safety net populations.


Noor Zanial

Noor is a Masters of Science graduate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research and work has a global health focus and she has worked on a variety of projects from intimate partner violence in Brazil to global surgery initiatives in Tanzania. Noor aims to incorporate a social justice lens in her research and work while continuing her advocacy work as an Iraqi immigrant for Arabs and Muslims in the United States. Her interests mainly lie in working with refugee populations to research and implement culturally competent resources to address population mental health and combat gender-based violence.

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Farah Allouch

Born and raised in Tripoli, Lebanon. UC Berkeley Epidemiology and Biostatistics MPH graduate passionate about Arab American health, mental health, and substance abuse epidemiology.

Delaney Glass

Delaney Glass

Delaney is a biocultural anthropologist and Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is interested in investigating the effects of stress during puberty and adolescence and it's effects on health, Darwinian fitness, and well-being. She hopes to work in Jordan and the U.S. She approaches her work from a cultural, biological, and evolutionary perspective. She is passionate about Near Eastern Studies, community-based research, and Arab-American health. She is an rstats enthusiast and enjoys merging data science and social science.


Siwar Abouhala

Siwaar Abouhala is an undergraduate student at Tufts University studying Arabic and community health. Her focus is on exploring and developing culturally and religiously competent healthcare methods for non- Western populations living in the Western world. Most of her research is on the social determinants of health of Arab-Americans, especially survivors of forced migration. Siwaar’s Syrian-American identity inspires much of her work and research within the Arab diaspora.


Zahra Hamidaddin

Zahra is a current Master’s of Public Health student studying epidemiology at George Mason University. She is passionate about immigrant health and has worked on research related to COVID-19, intimate partner violence and other women’s health issues in the immigrant community around the D.C. Metropolitan area. Other topics that she has done research on include endometriosis and the impact of period poverty on mental health. Zahra hopes to help advance the Arab-American community with the development of public health programs that can be informed by important research studies such as SAHA!

Prior Work

Read the prior work of the SAHA scientific team focused on Arab American health.

Differences in health behaviors and health outcomes among non-Hispanic Whites and Arab Americans in a population-based survey in California

Nadia N. Abuelezam, Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

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The Health of Arab Americans in the United States: An Updated Comprehensive Literature Review

Nadia N. Abuelezam, Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

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Your participation would help us complete our study to the most accurate degree.


The anonymous survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. You’ll be entered into a raffle for an Amazon gift card!


We would truly appreciate it if you can share this survey with as many people as you know to help get the most accurate input possible. 

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