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About AMHP Board

American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is a non-profit organization with an outreach of over 7000 health professionals and students working to leverage the educational background and skills of Muslims in the health care sector to improve the health of Americans.

Let’s be more a mindful and inclusive society – starting with our words

By |March 15th, 2013|

When I hear the word “retarded” used to describe someone or something that is unintelligent, silly or even as a filler-word when another adjective doesn’t suffice, it literally makes me cringe.  Worse yet is when I hear it being used to actually describe someone with a disability in a derogatory way.  As a physician, I […]

What you May Not Know about Diet Soda

By |February 13th, 2013|

As you relax in front of the TV with your sandwich, chips and large diet soda you may think to yourself, “This meal isn’t as bad since I switched over to diet”.  But is this really true? Recent studies suggest that diet soda may not be the healthier alternative after all.  Most […]

Addressing the Mental Health of the General Population in the Wake of Newtown

By |December 23rd, 2012|

Mental health is today’s hot topic given last Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  The importance of this issue is no longer a topic for discussion but a topic for action.  It is imperative that our health care system create room for mental illness to be destigmatized, detected, treated, and prevented.  As I see it, the […]

Diversity Training on American Muslims for Healthcare Professionals: Critical, Yet Lacking

By |December 11th, 2012|

The primary goal of any diversity training is to increase awareness of a different cultural group and its norms. The intention is both to lead to further inclusion of this cultural group into larger society, as well as create more collaborative work environments through deepened understanding of another culture. Diversity training on […]

AMHP at ISNA 2012

By |August 21st, 2012|

 If you are coming to the ISNA conference, please do let us know.  We have two super events lined up:

(1) “Helping Our Community Conquer Addiction, Vices, and Grief Through Worship and Counseling”–our panel discussion on Sunday 2 Sept at 2:30pm. Click through for additional information!

(2) “Muslim Health Forum”–our inaugural TED talk-style event which features several exciting presenters spanning […]

HIV, Renewal and Surrender

By |August 14th, 2012|

“How did you get involved with AIDS work?” I asked a muhajiba in the prayer room of the International Conference on AIDS.  “I’m positive,” was her response.  I thought that I did not hear her properly.  “Positive?” About what?

This Nigerian sister’s own words are powerful.  Her name was Agbaje.  She traced for me the pivotal […]

Food’s Complicated: Learning the UNcomplicated Prophetic Diet

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Our system of food production is becoming more and more complicated and we are becoming less and less confident in the quality of what’s going inside our bodies. Understanding food today is much more than reading nutrition facts labels. Last month, thousands of people on facebook posted a guide to decoding produce stickers.  Four numbers means chemically treated, five numbers starting with an ‘8’ means genetically modified, and five numbers starting with a ‘9’ means organic.

Learning and adhering to our Prophet’s diet is one way to maintain confidence in what we’re eating and to shift to a more uncomplicated foodstyle.  There are three practices of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) that I find especially helpful (and relatively easy!). […]

The Health Benefits of Fasting

By |July 17th, 2012|

On the first day of Andrew’s neurology rotation, his attending turned to him and asked, “Name one thing that has been scientifically shown to prolong life.” Andrew, a newly minted 3rd year medical student, replied in his naivete, “Antibiotics, of course.” The attending shook his head no.  “Ok, vaccines?” he tried a second time.  Another […]

AMHP Launches New Website

By |June 28th, 2012|

AMHP is pleased to announce the launch of its newly revamped website: The new website features a number of major changes, including a community-generated blog. The site also connects seamlessly with AMHP’s communities across a number of social networks. In the interest of improving usability, we’ve made an effort to reduce the size and […]

Deaf Muslims: Will our request for inclusion be heard?

By |March 19th, 2012|

Imagine being at a community gathering with your family. The gathering lasts for hours. Everyone is laughing, clapping and seemingly enjoying themselves, but you have no idea what’s going on. You are isolated, despite the fact that you are in a room full of family and friends. This is the reality for many deaf people, […]