Earlier this month, I was invited to meet with Valerie Jarrett,Senior Advisor to President Obama, and other White House Senior Officials to discuss the rise in Islamophobia and its psychosocial impact on the American-Muslim community (see press release here). American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) was grateful for the opportunity to voice concerns resulting from anti-Muslim bigotry alongside other American-Muslim leaders. I was given the opportunity to share our communityâ€™s most pressing concerns with White House Senior Officials and this experience demonstrated the importance of building national-level institutions that meet the public health needs of our community at large. In order to continue this critical work, we need your support. With your generosity, we raised $65,000 at the benefit dinner last month, which is halfway towards our goal of $125,000 needed to support programs in 2016. Some of our upcoming projects in 2016, categorized under our three main areas of focus, include but are not limited to:
Coordinate Muslim youth TED in various cities across the country
Launch story-telling video project featuring American-Muslim narratives for refugees, youth, African-American and other minorities who may have suffered from discrimination, racism, alienation, or trauma
Conduct national webinar series in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on trauma and alienation
EnabledMuslim(Launched in 2014, EnabledMuslim is an online network for spiritual and community support for Muslims living with disabilities)
Help Muslims impacted by disability create, share, and publicize their own narratives through our blog
Continue to create and enhance new resources specific to Muslims living with disabilities, empowering them with the information and tools they need to make their own decisions about their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being
Connecting Muslims to Coverage (Worked with partner organizations to reach over 50,000 people across the U.S. with our health insurance outreach and enrollment campaigns over the last two enrollment periods)
Coordinate outreach and enrollment events in various cities across the country through our ACA State Liaisons in current open enrollment cycle.
Continue to build additional tools and resources (including Khutbah and enrollment guide) on amhp.us/getcovered
Lead coalition of organizations participating in National Muslim Enrollment Weekend which is being held in partnership with HHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and 59 other national organizations. More information can be accessed at amhp.us/nmew
As we enter the new year, I hope you will join me in supporting these important initiatives that will serve our community. You can make a contribution for as little as $25, $50, or $100 a month, or make a one-time donation or mail a check payable to AMHP (2118 Plum Grove Road #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008). Your tax-deductible donation is greatly appreciated and will help ensure AMHP's future as a longstanding institution.
AMHP is a 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt organization. Federal Tax ID #71-1013651
View this short 2-minute video of Congressman Keith Ellison's message of support for American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)
I am proud to extend my support to the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) for the work they are doing to improve the health and well-being of Muslim Americans and every American.
AMHPâ€™s work to conned uninsured people to free clinics and their advocacy forACA enrollment is invaluable to the vitality of our community. AHMP is a trusted ally and resource for people who need health care the most.
However, your work is not limited to just the Muslim American community. AHMP understands that our well-being is interconnected to our brothers and sisters across the country. Your work with the Department of Health and Human Services to close health disparities in communities of color, and collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama are examples of how we can work together to improve health outcomes for all Americans.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of Muslim Americans, I look forward to collaborating with you and my colleagues in Congress to improve access to quality, affordable health care.
Member of Congress
Disclaimer: AMHP was involved at the national and grassroots level for ACA Connecting Muslims to Coverage Campaign in 2014-2015 in few specific cities and did not partake in the work performed by health professionals at Salaam Clinic mentioned in the video.