CCN to Host Free Health Screenings at 48th Annual ISNA Convention

June 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Compassionate Care Network (CCN) to provide free health screenings and Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive at ISNA Convention

CCN Health Screening1CCN Health Screening2CCN Health Screening3(Chicago, IL – June 9, 2011) As thousands of Muslims across the United States prepare to attend the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) 48th Annual Convention on July 1-4 in Rosemont, IL, Compassionate Care Network (CCN) is pleased to announce it will once again host the ISNA Health Fair and provide free health screenings for convention  attendees.
CCN will offer free health screenings for BMI and Body Fat Determinations, Hypertension, Diabetes, Dental Health, and new this year, the Carotid Doppler Ultrasound for stroke risk.”We’re excited that this year we have expanded our health screenings to include Cartoid Doppler Ultrasound. This test to screen for stroke risk is  pretty expensive (over $500 value) and to offer it for free is indeed a big service to our community by CCN’s  Imaging Service Provider Batuta,” says Dr. Azher Quader, CCN Executive Director. CCN will also conduct a bone marrow donor registry drive and operate the convention’s First Aid station.

Additionally, CCN will offer those with high BMIs and diagnosed as overweight and obese an opportunity to enroll into its Weight Management Program, a 90-day health coaching program for those at risk for obesity related diseases and desire to lose weight. For Illinois residents who lack health insurance, enrollment will be available into CCN’s low-cost health care network program as well.
CCN’s participation in ISNA’s Health Fair is in furthering  its mission to promote health awareness within the community through  free health education and  free health screenings and to  provide access to affordable health care for the uninsured. 

About CCN

Founded in 2004 by Chicago doctors Azher Quader, M. Gafoor & Ayesha Sultana, practicing physicians and community activists, Compassionate Care Network (CCN) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts free health screenings around the Chicagoland area and offers  access to affordable  health care for the uninsured. Currently, CCN serves over 2500 Illinois residents. For a small annual fee, the uninsured  enrolled in the network have access to over 120 physicians, 6 medical labs, 13 imaging centers, and other health care services like Dentistry, Optometry, Chiropractic care, Physical Therapy and Podiatry. All network health care providers support the notion of “compassionate care” and voluntarily offer services to the uninsured at discounted rates. For more information please visit www.ccnchicago.com or call 773-776-3600. 

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ACCESS Executive Director to Give Leadership Lesson at Wayne State

February 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber will present a special lecture March 30, 2010 to a group of students at Wayne State University.  The lecture will be about building relationships between residents and organizations in Detroit and how to engage with local communities. Jaber also will discuss his success and experiences as Executive Director at ACCESS. Jaber received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Wayne State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1987 and a master’s degree in public administration from WSU in 1993.

Lessons in Leadership is an alumni speaker series co-sponsored by the WSU Alumni Association that explores the topic of leadership.  Students have an opportunity to listen to former students and community leaders share their own leadership experiences and hear about what works and what doesn’t, as well as discuss the role leadership plays in their work day after day.  Wayne State students can register for the lecture by clicking here.

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Obama Moves to Boost U.S. Broadband Access

December 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By John Poirier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration released details on Thursday of a $2 billion program in grants and loans to help dramatically expand Americans’ broadband Internet access and create tens of thousands of jobs.

The funds, to be released over the next 75 days, are among $7.2 billion set aside in President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic recovery package to bring broadband access to unserved or underserved U.S. communities.

Vice President Joe Biden, at an event in Dawsonville, Georgia, announced details of an initial $183 million investment in broadband projects in 17 states.

“New broadband access means more capacity and better reliability in rural areas and underserved urban communities around the country,” Biden said in a statement.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans have adopted broadband at home, while one-third have access but have not adopted it, and 4 percent say they have no access where they live, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Biden’s chief economist, Jared Bernstein, told reporters in a briefing the administration was unable to provide more precise figures on exactly how many jobs would be created, but White House officials said “tens of thousands of jobs” could be created in the near term.

The FCC held an open meeting on Wednesday to provide an update on its national broadband plan due to be submitted to Congress in February. FCC staff stopped short of making formal recommendations because they are still gathering data on which to base their final report.

‘PLATFORM FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY’

Officials said on Thursday that broadband expansion projects aimed to link communities to the “Internet backbone,” a network of large, high-bandwidth fiber-optic cables that span the country.

They said the grants and loans, being released by the departments of Commerce and Agriculture, would help expand broadband for education, healthcare and providing workers the flexibility to work from home.

“The community is part of the solution to the national broadband strategy,” said Craig Settles, president of broadband strategy consulting firm Successful.com.

With the rest of the U.S. economy stuck in the doldrums and shedding jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has said the technology sector has been going in the other direction.

“Because of its power to propel innovation, broadband can be our platform for economic prosperity,” Genachowski said in a December 1 speech on technology innovation.

Officials announced four different types of awards:

- $121.6 million to build and improve connections to communities lacking sufficient broadband access.
- $51.4 million to connect end users like homes, hospitals and schools to their community’s broadband infrastructure (the middle mile).
- $7.3 million to expand computer center capacity for public use in libraries, community colleges and other public venues.
- $2.4 million to fund innovative projects that promote broadband demand with population groups where the technology has traditionally been underutilized.

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Arab Americans are a Political and Economic Powerhouse

July 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Access

A recent report published by the Immigration Policy Center has determined that immigrants, including Arab Americans, not only wield sizable political power in Michigan, but are also an integral part of the state’s economy and tax base. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their children are an economic powerhouse and as voters, they are a potent political force.    

As Michigan’s economy begins to recover, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in the shaping and growing the economic and political landscape of the Great Lakes State.

“Immigrants have always been vital to Michigan’s economy and society,” said Nadia Tonova, Advocacy and Policy Supervisor at ACCESS. “The IPC’s report confirms that Michigan still benefits tremendously from the contributions of immigrants and their families.  We are all enriched, culturally and materially, by immigrants.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • Immigrants make up more than 6% of Michigan’s total population (roughly equal to the total population of Boston, MA) and nearly half of them are naturalized citizens who are eligible to vote.
  • Arab Americans accounted for $7.7 billion in total earnings in the four counties of the Detroit metropolitan area, generating an estimated $544 million in state tax revenue and supporting an estimated 141,541 jobs.

To read the full report, please click here.

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ACCESS Expands Medical Network in Middle East

July 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By ACCESS

adnanhammad Over the past two weeks, Senior Director of the Community Health & Research Center, Dr. Adnan Hammad, embarked on a trip to the Middle East to spread ACCESS’ medical research knowledge to universities and institutions in Jordan and Morocco. The trip served to educate others as well as expand and strengthen ACCESS’ existing networks with health professionals and medical establishments around the world.

Highlights of the trip included a new partnership with the School of Medicine in Fez, Morocco, which could include potential research collaboration and the establishment of a national cancer screening initiative with the Moroccan National Institute of Public Health (MNIPH). Thanks to ACCESS, MNIPH will also be linked with the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Cancer.

In Amman, Jordan, Dr. Hammad and other professionals provided a one-day workshop at the King Hussein Cancer Center. The workshop included discussions on cancer control and prevention based on extensive research. Also, after meeting with the leadership of Jordan University of Science and Technology, ACCESS has agreed to help them plan a regional public health conference slated for June 2010. This conference will focus on comparative research between Arab and Arab American health outcomes, such as diabetes, cancer, tobacco use, and environment.

Finally, Dr. Hammad met with Questscope and ANERA, organizations whose mission is to educate and help Middle Eastern youth overcome poverty, abuse, and injustice. Discussions are now ongoing over the establishment of a “Train the Trainers” program for the 5,000-6,000 Iraqi children whose parents have been victims of torture. ACCESS has committed to sending some of it mental health care professionals to provide training workshops this fall.

“ACCESS was proud to contribute its knowledge, experience, and talents in helping the well-being of our community overseas,” said Dr. Hammad “I am a believer that epidemiology does not recognize borders and I am glad I had this opportunity to serve ACCESS and the Arab American Community.”

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