Arab American Heritage Council

Arab American Heritage Council A service oriented non-profit organization for all community members interested in promoting diversity while serving the needs of our community.
The Arab American Heritage Council was established in 1980 by a small group of concerned Arab American citizens in Flint, Michigan. The AAHC progressed as a non-political and non-sectarian grass roots organization for Arab Americans and non-Arab Americans in the community interested in preserving Arab heritage and culture and serving the needs of our community. Initially, the council started as a strictly volunteer-run organization evolving into a well-established organization with paid staff and a solid membership base. The AAHC has also become a community leader by sponsoring numerous programs, delivering important services, and assisting many people, regardless of race, religion, national origin, or political ideology.
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Goals: • Preserve, celebrate and promote Arab heritage and culture. • Assist and unite Arab Americans of all ages and faiths in the Greater Flint Area. • Support the needs of the Arab community, both those born in America as well as newcomers, with coordinated activities, services and programs. • Educate and serve the Greater Flint community by promoting public understanding and appreciation. • Encourage all Arab Americans to become directly involved in American civil society, through community service and civic participation. • Foster relationships between the AAHC and other community entities that serve the Greater Flint Area. • Strengthen the AAHC’s organizational and financial structures for future sustainability.

Mission: Mission: The Arab American Heritage Council (AAHC) is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-profit organization that preserves and celebrates Arab ethnicity and heritage, and supports and unites Arab Americans in the Greater Flint Area. The Council meets broad needs of the local Arab American community and the community-at-large through various programs and delivery of services. AAHC seeks to promote better understanding, tolerance and appreciation of the Arabic culture in the general community as well as within the Arab American community. It encourages, recognizes and celebrates Arab Americans working to improve the quality of life for all in the Greater Flint Area.

The exclusion of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) category prevents us from knowing the full breadth of issue...
06/11/2020

The exclusion of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) category prevents us from knowing the full breadth of issues impacting Arab Americans and other communities who fall within that designation. It also denies these communities much needed resources.

Census data drives more than $800 billion in resources into our communities! This funding is needed for various programs...
06/10/2020

Census data drives more than $800 billion in resources into our communities! This funding is needed for various programs in our local communities. The Census also allows us to get critical data that will give us a better understanding of the needs of our community, helping us become better advocates! Join Reena in filling out the census today!

The Census helps ensure that neighborhood schools, health centers, programs and other vital parts of our communities are...
06/09/2020

The Census helps ensure that neighborhood schools, health centers, programs and other vital parts of our communities are adequately funded. Join Omar Elnour in filling out the census today and BE COUNTED!

The AAHC asked community leaders this week to help us raise awareness for the 2020 Census and its importance in  ensurin...
06/08/2020

The AAHC asked community leaders this week to help us raise awareness for the 2020 Census and its importance in ensuring that our community gets counted! We encourage you to take 10 minutes today to complete your 2020 Census form online, by phone, or by mail. Visit my2020census.gov for more information!

Our first spotlight today is Jenna Zineddin!

#BlackLivesMatter
06/05/2020

#BlackLivesMatter

05/28/2020
All of Us Research

All of Us Research

We’re with you during this uncertain time. ❤️ Want to know how you can help researchers learn more about #COVID19 AND help contribute to a healthier future? Visit Participant.JoinAllofUs.org to take a survey about your thoughts and experiences. Let your voice be heard. #JoinAllofUs

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating!عيد مبارك للجميع! كل عام وانتم بخير!
05/24/2020

Eid Mubarak to all celebrating!

عيد مبارك للجميع! كل عام وانتم بخير!

Arab American doctors have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We thank them and all other essential worker...
05/21/2020
Arab American Doctors on the Frontlines of the Pandemic

Arab American doctors have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We thank them and all other essential workers for the work they are doing!

Check out the article below for a more in-depth look at what some of their experiences are like!

Over the past few months you’ve probably seen a number of Arab American physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, public health experts discussing the pandemic.

These uncertain times have been very hard for many of us. Navigating it alone is even harder. All of Us Research wants t...
05/21/2020

These uncertain times have been very hard for many of us. Navigating it alone is even harder. All of Us Research wants to listen to you and hear how you may be feeling during these difficult times. #JoinAllofUs to let your thoughts and feelings be heard.

We’re all in this together, and we want to know how our participants are navigating these uncertain times. Let us know how you’re feeling by taking this survey. Log in to the participant portal to get started ➡️ Participant.JoinAllofUs.org #JoinAllofUs

ACCESS
05/16/2020

ACCESS

Did you know that the Census informs federal disaster relief? Your response to the 2020 Census tells policymakers what your community needs during moments of crisis, from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

A complete Census count is critical to keeping our communities safe. We only have one chance to be counted every ten years, and we all must do our part. Pledge to be counted today! http://bit.ly/ACCESSCensusPledge

05/12/2020
AAHC 2020 Census Guide

Check out our AAHC Census Guide and remember to do your part and fill out your Census form today!

05/09/2020
All of Us Research

All of Us Research

How is #COVID19 affecting you and your community? We want to hear from our participants. Log in to the participant portal and take a 15-20 minute survey to help researchers learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on physical and #mentalhealth ➡️ Participant.JoinAllofUs.org. #JoinAllofUs

05/06/2020
All of Us Research

All of Us Research

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day! Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections and the spread of germs. Here’s what you need to know about ✋ hygiene from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/ #JoinAllofUs

Arab American Institute
05/01/2020
Arab American Institute

Arab American Institute

We're proud that several members of Congress formally recognized April as #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth with a new resolution today!

"Congressional action honoring the contributions of Americans of Arab descent at a time where the #ArabAmerican community continues to face anti-Arab stereotypes and bigotry has a real impact on people," AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said.

This resolution's value lies in its honoring the successes of #ArabAmericans as a significant part of the American fabric for generations. We are grateful to the leading efforts of members of Congress:
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Donna Shalala
Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.

This week's spotlight for #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth is Tina Rayyan! Tina is a Palliative Nurse Practitioner at Beaumont...
04/27/2020

This week's spotlight for #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth is Tina Rayyan! Tina is a Palliative Nurse Practitioner at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. Over the past six weeks, Tina has been working directly with the families of patients suffering from COVID-19. "No amount of reading, lectures, or experience could have prepared me. As COVID quickly made its way to the Metro Detroit area, hospitals had to quickly adapt, as well as all the health care workers.
Every day held so much uncertainty, fear, and sadness.”
Frontline healthcare workers are dealing with many physical and emotional challenges at the hospital every day. For TIna working in Palliative care means carrying for the families of the most critically ill patients. “As patients were too ill to verbalize their own wishes, we turned to families. Families who were full of fear, sadness, and not even being able to visit their dying loved ones. This pandemic has taught me more than I would have ever expected. It taught me that I work with the most caring, selfless, and amazing individuals who came together to care for patients, despite a lack of PPE. Please continue to do your part, stay safe, and wash your hands!"

These unprecedented times have required our healthcare workers to put their lives on the line every day to care for patients and their families. We are truly inspired by the heroic leadership of frontline nurses like Tina!

Ramadan Kareem from all of us at the AAHC! Wishing all those observing a safe, healthy, and blessed month. 🌙
04/23/2020

Ramadan Kareem from all of us at the AAHC! Wishing all those observing a safe, healthy, and blessed month. 🌙

For this week's Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight, we would like to recognize Dr. Khalid Ahmed and Dr. Seif Saeed o...
04/15/2020

For this week's Arab American Heritage Month Spotlight, we would like to recognize Dr. Khalid Ahmed and Dr. Seif Saeed of MHS. At Michigan Health Specialists, Dr. Khalid Ahmed and Dr. Seif Saeed have been pioneers during this current pandemic. They were amongst the first physicians in the Genesee County community to implement Covid testing procedures at their clinic. They established early guidelines and protocols to keep the community and the staff safe from Covid-19. With their use of telemedicine, they have been able to continuously and safely assess the need for testing amongst their patient population. We would like to thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to treating and taking care of our community.

Check out this video on the MHS website of Dr. Saeed talking about their efforts to serve their patients.

https://www.mihealths.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/dbe03afa9e7b48e28adca46d04e7cd28.mp4?_=1

Yalla Count Me In - يلّا ضمني إلى التعداد
04/14/2020

Yalla Count Me In - يلّا ضمني إلى التعداد

How is everyone celebrating Arab American Heritage Month?! Just like writing in our race and ethnicity on the 2020 Census, this month is a chance for us all to feel PROUD of who we are and where we come from. Yalla, brighten our day and show us your recipes, family photos, and traditions! And if you haven't already...write in your race and ethnicity on the 2020 Census at https://my2020census.gov/

04/13/2020
All of Us Research

All of Us Research

We’re especially grateful for our community of partners dedicated to improving individual and public health through research. Learn how our program aims to find better ways to prevent and treat diseases ➡️ JoinAllofUs.org. #JoinAllofUs #NPHW

Arab American National Museum
04/10/2020

Arab American National Museum

AANM March artist-in-resident Yasmine Nasser Diaz will be guiding us through her new exhibition in a first for the Museum: an online exhibition opening! Tune in to our Instagram TV (@arabamericanmuseum) or YouTube page (bit.ly/AANMYT) at 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 11 to experience a walkthrough video preview of "soft powers," a reflection on coming-of-age nostalgia and Yemeni American girlhood, featuring commentary by Diaz. More info: bit.ly/AANMsoftpowers
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#Museum #Dearborn #Detroit #MuseumFromHome #MuseumsFromHome #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

April is Arab American Heritage Month. In light of this, the AAHC would like to recognize and celebrate all of our amazi...
04/09/2020

April is Arab American Heritage Month. In light of this, the AAHC would like to recognize and celebrate all of our amazing Arab American community members who are making great contributions to society during these uncertain times. Our first spotlight features our very own Advisory Council Member, Dr. Hesham Gayar. Dr. Gayar is a board certified radiation oncologist and is the Medical Director for the McLaren Proton Therapy Center. He earned his medical degree from the Alexandria School of Science in his home country of Egypt. He came to the United States and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York as well as a fellowship at Ohio State University. Dr. Gayar is a former president of the Genesee County Medical Society. We greatly appreciate all of your contributions to our community!

04/08/2020
All of Us Research

All of Us Research

Today is World Health Day! 🌎 Join us as we recognize the healthcare workers providing quality treatment and care on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. We’re grateful for their service during this critical moment in time, and beyond. #JoinAllofUs

We wanted to share with you all a Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide in Arabic and English compiled by the Povert...
04/07/2020
دليل ميشيغان، للموارد والمعلومات المتعلقة بوباء كوفيد-19.docx

We wanted to share with you all a Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide in Arabic and English compiled by the Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

English:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-r9zam_Gh8Up-msqb4T0BRirLzV5obyuZA91Csbcqb4/edit

Arabic: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zgklEExLrRnQCj7Bd2TZGUe26xNVTUOg/edit#heading=h.nasmypnmypor

دليل ميشيغان، للموارد والمعلومات المتعلقة بوباء كوفيد-19 مقدمة يقدم هذا الدليل معلومات حول كيفية الوصول إلى البرامج التي تهدف إلى دعم سكان ميشيغان، خلال انتشار وباء...

Tune in tonight at 8pm on HB Productions - Photographer - Videographer to watch President and CEO of ACCESS, Hassan Jabe...
04/03/2020

Tune in tonight at 8pm on HB Productions - Photographer - Videographer to watch President and CEO of ACCESS, Hassan Jaber, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the community.

Friday evening at 8 pm on 4-3-2020 please following podcast Alnadwa, ID Arab American Media , H B productions and sky Michigan T V. and Al Asdaa Media

April is #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth ! During this month the AAHC will be celebrating Arab American heritage and culture ...
04/01/2020
Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month

April is #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth ! During this month the AAHC will be celebrating Arab American heritage and culture as a way to help educate our community on the achievements of Arab Americans! We encourage our community to join us in recognizing April as National Arab American Heritage Month. Follow the link below to learn more about Arab Americas April 21 Commemorative event that will feature Arab American leaders, government officials, and cultural artists- as well as to learn about other important educational resources.

https://www.arabamerica.com/commemorating-national-arab-american-heritage-month-2020/

Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society during National Arab American Heritage Month.

Today is National Census Day of Action! We encourage you all to take 10 minutes today to fill out your 2020 Census form ...
04/01/2020

Today is National Census Day of Action! We encourage you all to take 10 minutes today to fill out your 2020 Census form and ensure that you, your family, and your community get counted. Make sure you’re counted by filling out your 2020 Census form at my2020census.gov

04/01/2020
Arab American Institute

Arab American Institute

The #2020Census determines how the US Government allocates over $800 billion in funding, including funding for #ArabAmericans’ access to resources, services, and programs. Because you, your family, and our community matter, join us in saying #YallaCountMeIn by filling out your #Census form today!

Learn more by visiting www.yallacountmein.org or call the Yalla, Count Me In! Hotline for assistance at 833-3DDOUNI, 833-333-6864!

March 30th was National Doctors Day. This time has reminded us even more of the impact our physicians have on our commun...
04/01/2020

March 30th was National Doctors Day. This time has reminded us even more of the impact our physicians have on our community. Don't forget to thank those that are on the frontlines fighting for our health and wellbeing and don't forget that although some might be family, we still need to be practicing safe measures to keep us all safe. Stay safe everyone! #AllofUsResearch #JoinAllofUs

To every doctor, nurse and healthcare provider in the All of Us community + beyond, thank you for your service and dedication to keeping all of us healthy! #NationalDoctorsDay #JoinAllofUs

03/30/2020
Arab American Institute

Arab American Institute

The 2020 Census will determine members of our community's ability to access resources and allows us to continue to build political power. You, your family, and our community matter.

Join Linda and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) in saying #YallaCountMeIn to build political power together by filling out the Census today!

Learn more at www.yallacountmein.org or by calling our hotline at 833-3DDOUNI or 833-333-6864.

Join the Arab American Institute for an Arab American Community Call to discuss civic engagement in the time of COVID-19...
03/26/2020

Join the Arab American Institute for an Arab American Community Call to discuss civic engagement in the time of COVID-19 with featured guest Dr. Abdul El-Sayed! #2020Census Registration information below:

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. Read m...
03/24/2020

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. Read more about it below:

03/24/2020
Arab American Institute

Arab American Institute

Did you know that one of the largest #Census undercounts of 2010 was of children ages 0-4? That is why Dana and Rodina want you to remember to #CountAllKids during the #2020Census!
https://youtu.be/9IV8waPMtz0
#YallaCountMeIn

The 2020 Census is live now and the AAHC is working hard to make sure all Arab Americans are counted!  Check out the art...
03/20/2020
Organization seeks to count every Arab American in Genesee County despite fears and mistrust

The 2020 Census is live now and the AAHC is working hard to make sure all Arab Americans are counted! Check out the article below in Flintside!

FLINT, Michigan— The Arab American Heritage Council (AAHC) is one of 34 local organizations and nonprofits that were awarded grant money from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint earlier this year for census outreach.

As we all continue working from home and practising our social distancing this weekend, don't forget to take some time f...
03/20/2020
Binge-Worthy Arabic Series That Should Be On Everyone’s Netflix Watch-List During The Quarantine - Arab America

As we all continue working from home and practising our social distancing this weekend, don't forget to take some time for yourself this weekend. Looking for at-home movie night recommendations? Get your popcorn and snacks ready and check out this list put together by Mohamed Rashed at Arab America.

SOURCE: SCOOP EMPIRE BY: MOHAMED RASHED Following the worldwide panic of the Coronavirus, people are strongly urged to stay at home. Schools and

Update on Public Charge in regards to recent heath issues related to Corona Virus
03/18/2020
Public Charge Update Related to COVID-19

Update on Public Charge in regards to recent heath issues related to Corona Virus

USCIS has updated its public charge webpage with information about how it will consider health issues related to the COVID-19 contagion in the context of public charge. USCIS states that it will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available...

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