The American Cancer Society recently announced that Dr. Adnan Hammad, PhD, senior director of the Community Health & Research Center and chairman of the National and International Research Initiative at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) has been named recipient of the annual St. George National Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have demonstrated ongoing leadership in community mission delivery and/or governance and have significantly contributed to furthering the American Cancer Society's strategic goals and mission-driven programs.
As one of Michigan's most respected public health professionals, Hammad occupies an important niche in the state's health care community. He has played a critical role in the founding, growth and development of the ACCESS Community Health & Research Center in Dearborn. ACCESS is an organization that serves the largest and most diverse Arab American community outside the Middle East with programs and services designed to promote health and wellness and help Arab Americans successfully integrate and thrive within the American culture. The ACCESS Community Health & Research Center has become a signature health care provider to a community of roughly 350,000 Arab Americans in Southeast Michigan.
The beneficiaries of Hammad's work extend well beyond the boundaries served by the Community Health facilities in Southeast Michigan, and reach far around the globe in every Arab nation. As the chairman of the Biennial International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities, Hammad has brought together health care professionals and providers, health policy makers, researchers, educators, and community advocates and participants from around the world to collaborate and exchange the latest health care information. The 6th International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities will take place this year on Oct. 16-17 in Dearborn and is designed to address the World Health Organization-East Mediterranean Office's agenda as it relates to establishing partnerships, addressing health disparities and preventing disease in special population groups. As a result of Hammad's tireless efforts to expand this forum beyond national borders, the conference will gather an esteemed group of international academics and leaders to address themes such as social determinants of health, genetics and quality of care as it relates to chronic disease, especially cancer, on a global scale.
"Because of his expertise in community health services policy and knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention and public health issues related to minority populations — specifically Arab Americans — Dr. Hammad is a valuable asset to the American Cancer Society. It is an honor and privilege to have Dr. Hammad on our Great Lakes Division team," said Nancy Yaw, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Inc., and Great Lakes Division operating officer. "His overwhelming commitment to people of all races and cultures help us fight cancer right here in Michigan and around the world, as well." Dr. Hammad was previously presented the Society's National Humanitarian Award in 2009 for his outstanding efforts to fight cancer.
The St. George Award is presented annually to volunteers who consistently represent the American Cancer Society in a manner that advances the Society's mission, expands its community presence, and exhibits a continuing commitment to the Society through a willingness to serve. Conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George award was presented this year to 26 inspirational Society volunteers across the country for their outstanding service.