Free interfaith health fair to be held in Hamtramck

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Jewish, Muslim and Christian physicians and health care professionals are uniting this weekend to help Metro Detroit’s poor and homeless people.

They’re hosting an Interfaith Health Fair from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the People’s Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit Hamtramck Center, at 8625 Jos. Campau in Hamtramck.

The event is being organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Michigan Muslim Community Council and the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

“People of different faiths who may have significant differences on substantial issues can find common ground,” said Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. “We can come together and make a difference, more than we could if we worked apart.”

Free medical screenings will be offered at the event, which is geared toward the working poor and homeless. Patient referrals will be provided as well.

Education stations with health brochures also will be available at the clinic and social workers will assist with referrals to service agencies.

The event also gives health care professionals a chance to get to know colleagues of different faiths, Cohen said.

Several health care providers, agencies and community groups — including the Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority — are sponsoring the event.

Sunday’s health fair marks the return of the interfaith event. The first interfaith health fair was held in 2010. A couple more free clinics were held, the last in 2011.

“ ... It’s something we wanted to get going again,” he said. “Our next step will be to see if we can get some funding so that we can do this on a sustained basis.”

For information, call the Jewish Community Relations Council at (248) 642-2656 or email

(313) 222-2058