I am excited to introduce myself as the Chair of Mental Health Education. As a practitioner and professor of clinical psychology, I specialize in global mental health and the intersection of
psychology and human rights. With AMHP’s mental health team, I hope to elevate the national dialogue, reduce stigma, and raise awareness about mental health within Muslim communities. Some of our key initiatives over the last year and a half have included:
- “Matters of the Mind”: a national webinar series with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on topics ranging from understanding trauma to challenges of youth resilience in the face of alienation and discrimination
- A dialogue on mental health in Muslim communities convening scholars, practitioners, and imams from across the country
- A panel on addiction and grief at the Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention in 2013.
This year, a number of important activities and collaborations are already underway:
- Mental Health First Aid (MFHA): a program that will train 25 imams and chaplains in the D.C. metropolitan area to identify signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders and be first responders to mental health crises. This program will be replicated to other parts of the country.
- SAMHSA Toolkit: A compilation of tools from the Islamic tradition to be included in the National Suicide Prevention Toolkit developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These include prayers, hadiths, and verses from the Quran that assist in coping with grief and bereavement, while highlighting core beliefs that may help prevent suicide
- Directory: Development of a national directory of Muslim mental health professionals to serve as a resource for the community
Our mental health initiatives have seen invigorating accomplishments over the past two years and will only continue to grow with your support!
Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry
Board Member (Mental Health Education Chair)
AMHP ANNUAL NETWORKING LUNCHEON
Fundamental to the work of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) has been empowering the next generation of thinkers, leaders, and practitioners. To this end, we are thrilled to host our Annual Networking Luncheon for health professionals and students during the 51st Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention
during labor day weekend in Detroit, MI.
The event will be held Sunday August 31st, 2014 12:00PM – 3:00PM
EDT and will feature guest speaker Lisa M. Carr
, MSW, Associate Director of the Department of Health & Human Services
Tickets will soon be available HERE
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AMHP Participates at White House Briefing
Michael Minor (Natl Baptist Convention), Khadija Gurnah (AMHP), Amy Cotton (NCJW), Leni Gonzalez (VA Coalition of Latino Organizations)
"The briefing was an important opportunity for AMHP to meet other faith leaders and share lessons from our respective experiences," says Gurnah. "We appreciate all the support we've received from the Department of Health and Human Services Partnership Center."
On June 16th, AMHP was invited to a briefing for faith-based and community organizations that are helping Americans sign up for newly available health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Khadija Gurnah, who led AMHP's "Connecting Muslims to Coverage" initiative, was one of four panelists invited to shared best practices in outreach and enrollment. Other panelists included Dr. Michael Minor from the National Baptist Convention, Amy Cotton from the National Council of Jewish Women, and Leni Gonzalez from the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations.
AMHP hopes to continue these efforts in November, when the health insurance enrollment period opens again.
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RECRUITING PROGRAM MANAGER
AMHP is now accepting applications for Mental Health Program Manager. AMHP’s Mental Health Program Manager will work closely with the Chair of Mental Health Education to execute projects. This important role requires a high degree of professionalism, organization and communication skills as well as an ability to navigate ambiguous environments and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
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Deadline to send in resume is Monday July 14th, 2014