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It was a pleasure serving as AMHP’s President last two years and I’m excited to announce the appointment of Albert Pless as AMHP’s new President.
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Assalamu Alaikum,

It was a pleasure serving as AMHP’s President over the last two years and I’m excited to announce the appointment of Albert Pless as AMHP’s new President. Joining Albert are eight additional board members whose impressive professional experience can be viewed at the link here. I would also like to thank outgoing board members Mumtaz Shah (Secretary) and Aamer Javed (Treasurer), and staff members Maggie Siddiqi (EnabledMuslim Program Director) and Kamilah Pickett (Grant Writer) for their tireless work in ensuring the success of AMHP’s programs.

It has been a privilege working with staff, volunteers, board members and partners to achieve several key accomplishments for the organization, some of which include:

EnabledMuslim
  • Launched EnabledMuslim, an evidence-based resource database and online network for spiritual and community support for Muslims living with disabilities
  • Program Director, Maggie Siddiqi, participated in an interfaith Congressional briefing on what the federal budget can do to support our communities.
  • Advisory Chair, Dilshad Ali, was honored as a White House Champion of Change for raising awareness and advocating for the rights of those with special needs.

Connecting Muslims to Coverage Campaign
  • Worked with partner organizations to reach over 70,000 people across the U.S. with our health insurance outreach and enrollment campaigns over the last three enrollment periods.
  • AMHP’s Former ACA Program Manager, Khadija Gurnah, was honored as a White House Champion of Change for leading national efforts to raise awareness of the ACA within the Muslim community.
  • Organized National Muslim Enrollment Weekend (NMEW) in partnership with nearly 60 local and national organizations with support from Urban Strategies. If your organization participated in this initiative, please fill out this form so we may include your contribution in our final report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Mental Health
  • Partnered with Muslim Wellness Foundation in conducting Muslim Health First Aid (MHFA) training for imams and community leaders with support from El-Hibri Foundation.
  • Submitted Islamic perspective on suicide prevention for the National Suicide Prevention Toolkit
  • Launched Muslim Youth Identity event in Washington D.C. last month, showcasing the many positive contributions our youth are making in spite of Islamophobia, bullying or other forms of discrimination that they may experience. To coordinate this event in your city, please email mentalhealth@amhp.us or fill the form here.

Career & Professional Development
  • Developed innovative membership platform to foster dialogue and collaboration between health professionals and students. More details on free membership for one year can be accessed here.
  • Coordinated networking events in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia and Houston. Similar events will be held in Dallas and Boston in April.

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Awards & Recognitions
  • Invited to a private roundtable with President Barack Obama and senior Administration officials at the White House to share accomplishments and voice concerns about the challenges facing our institutions.
  • Awarded Compassionate Care Network’s 2015 Ibn Sina Award
  • Participated in meeting with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, to discuss the rise in Islamophobia and its impact on the American-Muslim community.
 
It has truly been a rewarding experience serving as AMHP’s President these last two years. As I step down from this role, I will be focusing on other strategic initiatives for the organization in the capacity of a board member. As AMHP continues to grow, I look forward to working with you and new board members to advance public health, social justice, and civic engagement within our communities.
 
Sincerely,

 

Arshia 
Founder & Board Member
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)
awajid@amhp.us
@arshiawajid
 

NEW AMHP BOARD MEMBERS



Visit www.amhp.us/about for full bios
 

NEW BLOG POST:  Many Me(s)
 
Identity. Sometimes we are born into it, other times we choose it. Most often, it is a complex mix of both (Tweet this). There are privileges that come with navigating multiple identities. We often end up learning things that afford us the skills that will get us further. However, most often, the most striking lesson is what it feels like to not belong completely to any one group.
 
READ FULL ARTICLE
 


 
The #MuslimYouthIdentity‬ (MYI) event which took place on December 2nd in Washington, D.C. was a huge success and AMHP's Mental Health Committee would like to to maintain the momentum which was garnered from our event by hosting similar events throughout the country.
 
We are now seeking individuals/organizations in a diverse set of geographical cities who are interested in hosting an MYI in their city. If you or someone you know is interested in coordinating a #MuslimYouthIdentity event in your area, please send an email to mentalhealth@amhp.us and visit this link to fill out the appropriate form.

We are constantly on the lookout for smart, savvy young leaders who can deliver a valuable lesson or two — and we would like your help by nominating a speaker of your choice at the link here: http://bit.ly/23jhPdT
 

 

UPCOMING NETWORKING EVENTS
SAVE-THE-DATE 

 
WHO: Health professionals and students. Event is also open to non-health professionals interested in public health issues.


DALLAS NETWORKING LUNCHEON
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 | 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m
REGISTER: www.amhp.us/events | $25 Students - $30 Professionals
($10 increase after deadline)


BOSTON NETWORKING DINNER
Friday, April 29th, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
REGISTER: Visit www.amhp.us/events

Sponsorship Opportunities: Iman Jandali | sponsorship@amhp.us | 510.914.8935

Special Accommodations: Dilshad Ali | nodakota@hotmail.com | 804.239.6469


 

 


 
 

In This Issue

   
 
1. AMHP President, Arshia Wajid, Steps down
 2. 
AMHP New Board Members 
 3. [BLOG] - Many Me(s)
 4. Call for Speakers - #MuslimYouthIdentity
 5. Upcoming Networking Events

 

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