A belated Eid Mubarak from the AMHP family to yours!
I pray your Eid weekend was filled with joyous celebration and that your Ramadan worship is accepted inshaAllah. Just as fasting teaches us gratitude for food while so many others experience hunger, the month of Ramadan also reminded me to reflect on another blessing that we take for granted: our health.
In the United States today, it is nearly impossible to have good health without health insurance. Access to coverage is associated with an array of beneficial effects: having a regular doctor, receiving timely preventive care, better management of chronic health conditions, improved health status, and longer life expectancy.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), allowing families to keep the subsidies that are making health insurance affordable for them. But this latest attack is not the final attempt to diminish support for the ACA and confuse consumers who could benefit from it.
This is why AMHP is committed to continuing our ACA education and outreach during the upcoming enrollment cycle. In 2013-2015, we reached over 50,000 Americans and our Program Director was recognized by the White House, but millions remain uninsured. Our communities need assistance in understanding their options for health care and going through the enrollment process, especially those who are low- or middle-income, self-employed, or face language or cultural barriers or lack of familiarity with the Internet.
Click here to donate online, or you can mail a check payable to AMHP to 2118 Plum Grove Road #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated and will allow AMHP to continue Connecting Muslims to Coverage.
Seeking Trauma-Focused Community Response efforts:
My name is Yasmeen Fareeduddin and I am the Mental Health Program Director for AMHP. I am a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in Washington DC, and ironically, I grew up in Chattanooga and my family still lives there. The tragic events that took place last week are very heartbreaking, frightening and alarming to all of us on many levels and also to myself, on a personal level.
At this time, there is an urgent need for structured programs or models of response at the community level which have been effective in communities who have experienced similar events that can be replicated in Chattanooga, with emphasis on the teen and young adult population at this time.
I am requesting suggestions for the acute trauma-focused response that is needed in my hometown community of Chattanooga. This will form the building blocks for a "Muslim Trauma Response Team" which we can build together as a long-term goal.
Please contact me directly with any suggestions or ideas so that, together, we can begin addressing the Chattanooga community's needs. You can reach me at email@example.com
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AMHP is seeking suggestions for speakers for its upcoming Muslim Health Forum at the Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) annual convention which will be held September 4th, 2015 through September 7th, 2015. The event will feature 3 panelists who will present TED-style talks about a theme pertaining to public health or professional development for Muslim health professionals and students.
Individuals who are local to Chicagoland or will be in town for the ISNA Convention would be strongly preferred.
Who would YOU nominate? Email your suggestions to Munira Munshi at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 24th, 2015.
We look forward to hearing your suggestions! __________________________________________________________