Advocacy Diary

College Reputation vs. Rape-utation: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

By |April 29th, 2015|

In the last year, media headlines across the country have been rife with controversy around sexual assault cases occurring on college campuses, and lack of initiative by these colleges to properly handle the cases. Included in this large list of universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard University, University […]

Refocusing: A Conversation about Rape Culture

By |April 29th, 2015|

Men ogling and catcalling women was always unacceptable and discomforting to me. I sometimes questioned if my attire was responsible for attracting that type of attention. If I was a victim of catcalling, I would keep moving and not respond. I felt voiceless doing so, and I began to realize how the culture I grew […]

Eating The Prophet Way

By |April 13th, 2015|

It’s the third day of your diet, and you’re craving sweets. Chocolate, ice cream, anything  sugary, carb-­loaded and definitely not a plus for your waistline. It doesn’t help that this new diet, one of several that you have tried over the years, reduces your food intake  significantly. Left hungry and on the brink of starvation, […]

Social Justice and Our Social Health

By |March 11th, 2015|

Death is inevitable.
 It seems a macabre statement to make, but the truth of it cannot be denied. We public health and medical professionals spend our careers studying all manners of physical and mental maladies in an attempt to thwart them. Treat them. Cure or eradicate them. But death is inevitable.
And so we attempt to live […]

Despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is a step forward

By |March 4th, 2015|

(Article reposted from KEVIN with the permission of Author, Meena Hasan)

Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a worthwhile journey because it’s a chance to observe the various other commuters making their […]

Why Health Insurance Matters

By |February 4th, 2015|

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided American Muslims with a unique opportunity to put our faith into practice: signing up for health insurance helps us better look after our own health, as well as the health of others in our community.
It is narrated in a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) […]

International Medical Missions; One “Eye-opening” Experience

By |September 9th, 2013|

It was not the most exotic location I could think of to serve. When my husband questioned the local safety and political atmosphere in the country, I smiled and said, “it’s no big deal; it’s luscious Ecuador. “ I conveniently forgot to mention to him that San Lorenzo was often referred to as the crime […]

A Voters Guide to the Health Care Policy of the Obama Administration

By |November 5th, 2012|

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the signature healthcare policy from the Obama      administration, yet it seems that much of the voting public is still unsure of what the plan actually entails. A large part of the problem is that the ACA addresses issues as diverse as funding for health information technology to controlling prescription costs. […]

A Voter’s Guide to Healthcare Policy of the Romney Campaign

By |November 5th, 2012|

The Republican healthcare ticket for Election 2012 profoundly contrasts with its Democratic counterpart on a host of key issues:

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

If elected, Governer Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed by many as ‘ObamaCare.’  His opposition stems largely from the Republican view that the latest major healthcare overhaul represents government […]

Recent Immigrants Still Falling Through the Cracks in Obtaining Affordable Care

By |September 26th, 2012|

One might contend that the US health care system is like patchwork, with various components stitched together. In reality, the US health care system is more akin to a spider web, with strings being pulled by various stakeholders and interests groups. According to Grumbach, the U.S. health care system is not a system per se, […]