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E-M:/ Dr. Sandra Steingraber, March 25, Dearborn

Title: Dr. Sandra Steingraber, March 25, Dearborn

Renowned Author, Ecologist and Cancer Survivor to Speak at ACCESS Women's Luncheon March 25 in Dearborn

 Sandra Steingraber is keynote at Arab Community Center Women's Health Event

    DEARBORN, Mich., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandra Steingraber, a cancer

survivor and ecologist, will bring her unique perspectives on environmental

health to "Healthy Women, Healthy Children, Healthy Environment."  The event

is the 2nd annual Women's Health Luncheon sponsored by the Arab Community

Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS).  The luncheon takes place

Thursday, March 25, 2004 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bint Jebail Cultural

Center, 6220 Miller Road in Dearborn.  A $20 donation is requested, $10 for


    "ACCESS is thrilled to bring an author and scholar of this level to our

Women's Health Luncheon event," said Kathryn Savoie, Director of ACCESS'

Environmental Program.  "Steingraber is not only an excellent scientist but

also a mother who has lived through cancer.  She brings a perspective that is

both knowledgeable and humane to the issue of environmental health."

    An ecologist, author, cancer survivor and mother of two children, Dr.

Steingraber is internationally recognized for her expertise on environmental

links to cancer and reproductive health.  She is the author of two books,

"Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment," and

"Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood."  Steingraber's books

sell and her speaking tour calendar is full because she is able to eloquently

translate scientific knowledge into lay terms.

    Publisher's Weekly's review of Steingraber's book, "Having Faith," said

the work was "a cross between the quirkily thorough detail of Natalie Angier's

science-writing and the passionate environmental advocacy of Rachel Carson.

Parents to be or anyone concerned with environmental pollution will want to

read and discuss this -- and act."

    Steingraber's message and experience may have great resonance in the

industrialized areas of Detroit and Dearborn.  "People here are surrounded by

industry and freeways and have many concerns about the impacts on the health

of their children and families," said Dr. Adnan Hammad, director of ACCESS

Community Health and Research Center.  "Perhaps Dr. Steingraber can help us

raise awareness and hope, the first steps in making things safer and better

for our community."

    The Women's Day Luncheon Celebration is jointly sponsored by ACCESS and

The Oakwood Center for Women's Health.  The Oakwood Center for Women's Health

strives to improve the health status of the over 520,000 women that live in

the Oakwood service area.  The Center provides a wealth of services

specifically designed for and around women.  Services include Infertility

Services, Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecology, Breast Health,

Cardiovascular Services, Gynecologic Oncology and Complementary & Alternative

Medicine to name a few.

    ACCESS is a non-profit human service organization serving the Arab

American community in Southeastern Michigan since 1971.  ACCESS provides a

variety of programs and services, with an emphasis on low-income families and

immigrants, including Community Health and Medical Services, Mental

Health/Family Counseling, Social Services, Employment and Training, Youth and

Education, Cultural Arts, and many others.

    If you would like to receive a map of Bint Jebail Cultural Center or a

photo of Dr. Steingraber, please contact Kathryn Savoie at

ksavoie@accesscommunity.org or 313-216-2225.

    Web sites for more information:

    Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS),


    The Oakwood Center for Women's Health, http://www.oakwood.org

    Sandra Steingraber, http://www.steingraber.com

SOURCE Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Web Site:
http://www.accesscommunity.org http://www.oakwood.org

Kathryn Savoie, Ph.D.

Environmental Program Director

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

6450 Maple Street

Dearborn MI 48126

(313) 216-2225