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Assalaam 'alaikum,  
As you begin tackling your new year's resolutions, AMHP is also hard at work on an ambitious agenda for 2015. Firstly, exciting transitions to both AMHP's staff and board of directors are underway. I would like to thank outgoing board members Rabia Akram, Khizer Husain and Sameer Siddiqi for their invaluable expertise and countless hours spent planning and executing a number of unprecedented achievements. I also hope you will join me in welcoming our newest team members on the Board of Directors and staff. Their bios can be found here.

· Awaiz Mulla (Marketing Intern)
· Farah Jamil (Board Member, Career Development)
· Kamilah Pickett (Grant Writer)
· Nadia Afredi (Blog Editor-In-Chief)
· Ruhee Kabir (Health Education Project Coordinator)
· Subhan Haq (Board Member, Treasurer)

This year, AMHP also plans to advance each of its three areas of focus:

  • EnabledMuslim - Following its successful launch last year, will be expanded to include more resources. Please check out the site and share with others. EnabledMuslim Program Director, Maggie Siddiqi, welcomes your input and ideas for improvement.

  • Mental Health - AMHP and Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF) are taking the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training adapted for Muslim communities to San Francisco and Chicago this year. Contact Mental Health Board Chair, Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry, to discuss MHFA being conducted in your city.

  • Health Education - The AMHP Blog is a platform to share your commentary, reflections and learning related to health and the Muslim American community. Contact Blog Editor-In-Chief, Nadia Afredi, to contribute.


  • Networking - I'm excited to announce that AMHP will host a Networking Luncheon for health professionals and students at the Grand Roosevelt Ballroom in New York on Saturday, March 28th. Tickets are on sale now - don't wait to get yours! If you are interested in coordinating a networking event in your city, please contact Career Development Board Chair, Farah Jamil.
  • Survey - AMHP will soon plan its spring Career Development webinar to help you maintain your professional edge. Please take this 5-minute survey by Friday, Feb. 6th and tell us what speakers and topics interest you.

Finally, AMHP's Board of Directors is seeking a qualified and dynamic individual to fill the Vice President position. For more information, please email me directly. 

This will be a very busy year for AMHP, as we undertake new ventures and cover uncharted territory. I look forward to working hard with all of you to ensure the health and well-being of every American in 2015.

Arshia Wajid
AMHP President
AMHP's Program Director, Khadija Gurnah, Meets Secretary Sylvia Burwell
Khadija Gurnah, Program Director for AMHP's "Connecting Muslims to Coverage" campaign, was invited by The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to a round table discussion with Secretary of Health, Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
Khadija was one of approximately 20 faith leaders to meet with Secretary Burwell. In this meeting, she highlighted the dynamic work being done to educate and enroll members of the American Muslim community in health care coverage.
The meeting forged stronger partnerships between AMHP and other faith based organizations working to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

For more information about AMHP's ACA efforts, visit
Join us for a networking luncheon and discussion about furthering AMHP's initiatives in the tri-state area. Speaking at the event will be Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, Region II Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Dr. Mohamed Issa, President & Co-Founder, Noor Pharmaceuticals. Expand your network and share your ideas for projects to improve our communities at the intersection of faith and health. 
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Grand Roosevelt Ballroom | 2 Hudson Street, Yonkers, NY 10701
30-minute ride from Grand Central Station on the Metro North Hudson line

*REGISTER before Sun, March 15th for early bird tickets
**For business sponsorship opportunities, please contact Monika Khan at
***Event is also open to non-health professionals interested in public health
Breaking the Barriers: Stories of Mental Health Resilience

AMHP is partnering up with MakeSpace to bring you "Breaking the Barriers: Stories of Mental Health Resilience" event next month

Thursday, February 12at 7:00pm in EST
Busboys & Poets. 5th and K St
1025 5th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Check out ‪#SalaamThurday‬ for an evening of mental health awareness and education as we seek to break down the barriers surrounding mental health within our community.

Our group of panelists will be sharing their personal journeys of living with a mental health condition, followed by a question & answer and discussion session. This event will be the first in a series as we tackle the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. We aim to establish a supportive environment that encourages dialogue and ensures access to appropriate resources for mental health and wellness within our community.

More information:
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