We’ve never been counted?

By: Nadia N. Abuelezam

One of the reasons I decided to pursue a career examining the public health risks for Arab American populations is because I never felt truly counted. As many others have noted, as Arab Americans we have never had our own checkbox on race and ethnicity questions. When we fill out the Census, or a hospital form, or a college application – there is not a place for us to say who we are. And I always felt like I wasn’t being seen for who I was as an Arab American.

That’s why it is very important to me that the Survey for Arab Health in America is done well and captures Arabs from across the United States. I want Arab Americans to feel like their voice is being heard, their health needs are being met, and they are being counted.

I hope you’ll join me in this quest to be seen, heard, and counted. Take SAHA today!

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