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Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

By |May 29th, 2015|

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

I recently received a message from a friend struggling with anxiety and ADHD, who had been prescribed medication by her doctor. Coming from a South Asian Muslim background, her family was not supportive of her decision to take antidepressants and felt she just needed to strengthen her iman (faith). She [...]

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 [...]

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

By |March 4th, 2015|

(Article reposted from KEVIN MD.com 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 [...]

Important Message From President Obama

By |March 30th, 2014|

Dear AMHP members,

We are very excited to share this important message from President Barack Obama.

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Hey --

I wanted to provide an important update on our efforts to get Americans health care coverage.
The deadline to enroll is Monday. If you know someone who still hasn't signed up for health care, tell them to go to HealthCare.gov and [...]

Connecting Muslims to Coverage

By |January 15th, 2014|

In the United States, where the median income is $50,054, having no insurance or having insurance that does not cover essential health care visits means that any illness can create financial hardship. In 2007, 62.1% of bankruptcies were due to the burden of medical bills. Health insurance coverage is very important in the Muslim community [...]

The Balancing Act of a Working Woman in Medicine

By |January 9th, 2014|

Curiously, at some point in their lives, all working women are asked the question, “How do you balance work and family?”  However, what defines balance? Is it being in perfect harmony at all moments in time?

Balancing work and family life is an age-old working woman’s dilemma.  In reality though, there is never a complete balance.  [...]

She Lost Her Parents and Her Eyesight

By |January 7th, 2014|

Brothers, Sisters,

Assalamualaykum.

Do you remember the story of Ayesha, who is a 4 year old from Afghanistan? She lost her parents and her eyesight and was transferred to the DC area for treatment.

Imagine being 4 years old, waking up at a hospital only to discover you don't speak the language, you can't see anything and you are [...]

Know your Farmer, Know your Food.

By |October 2nd, 2013|

It seems that every week there is a new article about the dishonesty and misinformation from inside the food industry.   Even Trader Joe’s, the California-based grocer that quickly made an identity for itself as a sustainable, healthy, non-GMO food source, is not transparent about the origin and quality of its food.  Our confidence as consumers [...]