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Ghada Aziz
Assistant Coordinator, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, ACCESS

I love working with my community, the Arabic community. The ladies trust me because they like [an] Arabic woman. They like to talk with emotion about where they come from. But when I start professionally here, I start to do home visits, one-to-one with the counselor program, because first you have to build the trust between you and the community, the woman. So I went to the mosque. They see me everywhere. Mosque. I went to churches, schools. Dearborn is a very small community.

I am a health educator with the women. Cancer is a very sensitive, very, very sensitive word to them. They thought it was a death sentence. But I talk with them . . . and I have a way to talk with them. I don’t want them to be afraid. I teach them this disease is like any disease: you can treat it.

My mission is to help my community. This is my mission. This is my goal. I want to feel like they are in good shape. They care about themselves. They are happy. I want them to feel happy.

From June 15, 2012, interview