Before May 2004, there was no entity for individuals interested in the intersection of Islam and health. AMHP became a community of activists, researchers, and educators regardless of ethnic background or place of origin—broad enough to include clinicians but not limited to them. AMHP has always focused on improving health of Americans, particularly the most vulnerable due to economic circumstances, special needs, or cultural barriers. AMHP mobilized dozens of meetings with Congressional offices and held a briefing on the Muslim free clinic movement during the height of the health reform debate. AMHP has been recognized for its contributions in advocating for universal health coverage and promoting healthy lifestyles by the Obama Administration and First Lady’s Office. AMHP is proud to work with a variety of interfaith health coalitions. AMHP leadership has contributed to the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, Belief.net, First Lady’s blog, and numerous local publications.
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is a national nonprofit organization of American Muslims in the health profession.
Our mission is to empower Muslim health professionals to improve the health of Americans.
Our vision is to be a leader in improving public health, through efforts inspired by the Islamic tradition.
AMHP is open to students and professionals who are interested in promoting public health and healthcare through inspiration from Islam.
- Allied Health Professionals (Physical Therapists)
- Dentists and Optometrists
- Healthcare Administrators
- Healthcare Consultants and Lawyers
- Holistic Practitioners
- Mental Health/ Psychologists
- Nurses (RN, LPN, NP) and Physician Assistants
- Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical/Biotech Professionals
- Physicians (Allopathic & Osteopathic)
- Public/Community Health Practitioners (MPH, MS) and Social Workers
Arshia Wajid, President
Arshia Wajid founded the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) in 2004 to foster networking between Muslim health professionals in various sectors within healthcare and to provide a platform for collaboration for tackling public health issues within their communities. She served as President for five years, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She volunteered with Indian Muslim Relief Committee (IMRC) to provide health services in remote villages in India and as a Spanish translator with Vision Outreach in Ecuador. Arshia has also volunteered as Clinic Coordinator for Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)’s Health Clinic, which serves uninsured and underinsured patients in Chicago. She was invited to the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management Annual Conference to discuss how hospitals can provide a more inclusive environment for Muslim patients and employees.
Arshia received a BA in history and an MA in business administration and public health (MBA/MPH) from University of Illinois. She completed a fellowship in hospital administration at Stony Brook University Hospital in NY and currently works as a healthcare consultant for Huron Consulting Group. She has shared her professional experience at various healthcare conferences and consortiums.
Arshia is a visionary activist dedicated to transforming healthcare for the Muslim community both locally and nationally and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khizer Husain, Vice President
Khizer Husain joined AMHP’s Task Force on Health Affordability in 2009 when he orchestrated a variety of grassroots activities to advance healthcare reform in Washington, DC. He has represented AMHP in a variety of meetings with the White House , the Department of Health and Human Services, and faith-based coalitions on ending childhood obesity and promoting influenza vaccinations. Aside from his AMHP activities, Khizer is the Executive Director of Shifa Consulting , a global health consulting practice with a focus on healthcare planning, policy, and finance. Mr. Husain attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright Scholar for a Masters degree in international health policy.
Mumtaz Shah, Secretary
Mumtaz received her Bachelors degree in Education from DePaul University and taught in the Chicago Public Schools and private school sector for many years. She went on to earn her Masters of Health Science in Communication Disorders. She currently works as a Speech Language Pathologist in the medical field. Mumtaz has worked in the rehab, skilled nursing,sub-acute and the home health settings. She has strong interest in advocating for the under represented and disadvantaged populations and providing fair health care practices. She has volunteered with IMAN during its formative years as a grassroots organization, is a recipient of the Excellent in Leadership Award from DePaul University and is a member of The American Speech and Language Hearing Association. Mumtaz can be reached at email@example.com
- Health Education
- Strategic Planning
- Mental Health
- Editor-in-chief, Blog
Board of Directors
Ghada Khan, Health Education
Ghada Khan is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) at the George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, and holds a Masters in Public Health degree from George Mason University. She is also a fellow at the American Public Health Association, Maternal and Child Health Section (APHA MCH), and is receiving her doctoral training as a Nutrition Research Analyst at the USAID Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. Her career, advocacy, and academic research has been centered on global and domestic issues concerning the health of women and children, and her current dissertation research focuses on assessing workplace lactation support provisions within the Affordable Care Act. Ghada also serves on several national and global health advocacy and education committees, including APHA MCH, the APHA Breastfeeding Forum, the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) and Family Planning (FP) Integration Technical Working Group, and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and is an active speaker/presenter on maternal, infant, and child health. Ghada Khan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabia Akram, Governance
Rabia Akram is past president of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). Rabia received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went to earn her Masters degree in Public Health and Business Administration from the University of Illinois, where she concentrated in health policy. After completing her graduate program, Rabia worked in community health at the Sinai Community Institute in North Lawndale to increase immunization coverage rates among underserved children. Since then, she has worked at the American Medical Association and in global health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Rabia currently works as a health policy analyst at Walgreens. Rabia has volunteered as a board member of Taqwa Eco-Foods, a zabiha, organic meat cooperative and recently completed her AMCLI fellowship. Her interests lie in public health with a special interest in global health and health policy. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Abdul R. Shaikh, Strategic Planning
PhD, MHSc, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)
Dr. Abdul R. Shaikh is a Director in PwC’s Washington Federal Practice specializing in strategy, health policy, public-private partnerships, translational science and population health. Prior to joining PwC, Dr. Shaikh was an extramural Program Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he led advanced technology initiatives in clinical and population health. Some NIH initiatives that Dr. Shaikh has provided leadership for include: Smart and Connected Health (NSF 13-543), Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technology (PAR-12-286, PAR-12-287, PAR-12-288, PAR-12-289, PAR-12-290), and Innovative Health IT for Broad Adoption by Healthcare Systems and Consumers (PA-12-196). Dr. Shaikh also coordinated the Division’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and served on Federal advisory groups such as the HHS Innovation Council, NIH Citizen Science Working Group, and public-private partnerships supporting the translation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions.
A seasoned presenter and author, Dr. Shaikh has launched a new thought leadership series with the Health Data Consortium on open data and innovation: http://bit.ly/1p8y5sq. Dr. Shaikh was also lead editor for a special issue on technology and consumer health in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that was unveiled in a special briefing at the National Press Club. In 2011 one of his first-authored publications was honored with the Lawrence Green Paper of the Year Award for contributions to the field of public health. In leading the first Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implementation of innovation challenges, his team was recognized by the Office of the Secretary-HHS for advancing public sector innovation. Dr. Shaikh has over 16 years of strategy, program management, and research policy experience in population health and digital health innovation.
PhD – Health Behavior & Health Education, Univ. Michigan, School of Public Health
MHSc – Health Promotion, University of Toronto, School of Public Health Sciences
BSc – Bio-Psychology, University of Toronto
Rukhsana M. Chaudhry, Mental Health
Dr. Rukhsana M. Chaudhry is a graduate of the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, the George Washington University Doctor of Psychology Program, and the Harvard University Global Mental Health Program specializing in Trauma and Recovery. She completed her psychology internship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. in 2010 where she provided care to a multicultural, urban, underserved population. She has completed fellowships at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She completed advanced training in Clinical Psychotherapy Practice at the Washington School of Psychiatry participating in the in-depth study of contemporary psychodynamic theory and application to multiple modalities of psychotherapy.
Dr. Chaudhry has been passionate about community mental health since her undergraduate work and has a special interest in gender-based violence, psychology & human rights, and empowerment, especially pertaining to refugee/immigrant populations and survivors of trauma. Having spent several years prior to entering the field of psychology working for marginalized groups and advocacy organizations, she has a strong passion for using knowledge of cross-cultural communication as a tool for development, violence prevention, and education.
She has previously worked with girls and women who were victimized due to gender-based violence in rural and urban areas of Pakistan, women from earthquake-affected Kashmir, Latino women in the U.S. seeking asylum under the Violence Against Women Act, and Ethiopian and Kenyan survivors of Female Genital Mutilation. This has been further informed by her work within the Muslim community addressing mental health-related issues, as she currently serves as Chair of Mental Health Education for the American Muslim Health Professionals working in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist in the development of a national mental health education initiative within Muslim communities. Dr. Chaudhry currently serves on the advisory board of a Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid organization in Pakistan.
Naba Sharif, Editor-In-Chief, Blog
Dr. Naba Sharif is a Board-Certified Allergist/Immunologist and Pediatrician in the greater Washington, DC area. She is also the editor-in-chief for the American Muslim Health Professionals blog. Naba has consistently merged her passions for humanitarian and outreach work, particularly related to disadvantaged communities and international health. She has worked in Guatemala treating orphans, instructed gifted teenagers in Israel/Palestine on cardiovascular physiology via innovative interfaith programs and has led a disaster relief team in Haiti. Naba has organized several free health fairs domestically and serves as a Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network Provider. She was honored by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Young American Medal for Service for her humanitarian efforts. Naba received a B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.D. with Distinction in Research from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital of Brown University and her fellowship training in adult and pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Naba can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Quraishi, Marketing
Amanda Quraishi is a blogger, interfaith activist and technology professional living in Austin, Texas. She currently works full time for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit organization that addresses the issue of homelessness in the U.S. She also leads an populist-based interfaith initiative at InterfaithActivism.org, and is the Principle Web Media Strategist for both BlogathonATX and the Karmally4Texas Campaign.
In 2003 she founded Central Texas Muslimaat, an organization that addresses the unique needs of central Texas Muslim women. Presently she serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Impact, an organization that lobbies the Texas State Legislature on behalf of faith communities and on the Advisory Committee for HOPE for Senegal.
In 2011, Amanda was honored as one of twenty-five people in the state of Texas to receive a Statesman Social Media Award. In 2012 she was featured in Giving City Magazine’s New Philanthropists Issue for her dedication to service-based interfaith activism. In 2013 she was honored with a Dewey Winburne Community Service Award. She is an alumnus of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute housed at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
Khadija Gurnah , Connecting Muslims to Coverage Program Manager
Khadija Gurnah heads the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP)’s Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts. Khadija earned her Masters in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health. She has worked in community health, focusing on inequities in healthcare delivery, and has published papers and articles on healthcare delivery to minority populations.
On October 20, 2014, the White House named Khadija a ‘Champion of Change’ for her work in raising awareness about the Affordable Care Act and helping people sign up for health insurance.
AMHP represents activists, researchers, and educators aspiring to improve public health through efforts inspired by the Islamic tradition. Under Khadija’s direction, AMHP launched the first national grassroots initiative of its kind in the Muslim American community. With a limited budget and only seven on-the-ground organizers, AMHP mobilized 81 partner institutions resulting in thousands of enrollments and forged relationships between clergy and civic leaders across religious, ethnic, and racial identities. Khadija can be reached at email@example.com
Maggie Mitchell Siddiqi, Enabled Muslims Program Manager
Maggie Mitchell Siddiqi is Program Director at AMHP, focusing on mental health and disabilities issues. She is also a graduate student at Hartford Seminary, pursuing a M.A. in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Maggie previously served for three years as program coordinator at the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw implementation of interfaith dialogue and community outreach programs and conducted outreach to government officials and stakeholders on issues of social justice. While at ISNA, she also gained experience in advocacy and outreach on behalf of Muslims with disabilities and published two resources on the subject. Maggie is a 2012-2013 fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a program coordinated by the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Her previous work experience includes research assistance for a Washington, D.C.-based government consulting firm, serving as a field organizer in Minnesota for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and interning as legislative staff in the Office of U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee. Maggie has a B.A. in religion from Wesleyan University, and is proficient in Spanish and German.
Yasmeen Fareeduddin, Mental Health Program Manager
Dr. Yasmeen Fareeduddin is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Washington, DC with a passion for providing mental health services to underserved communities. She currently serves as the Medical Director and Psychiatrist at a community mental health clinic that services families of Wards 7 and 8 in the District. She earned her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Microbiology. She then earned a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Global Communicable Diseases from the University of South Florida. She graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with her doctoral degree and then pursued her Psychiatry residency training at the University of South Florida, followed by fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas – Southwestern in Dallas,TX and worked at its affiliated Childrens Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and has also held several leadership positions, including Chief Fellow of her training program at the University of Texas.
Sarah Dar, Program Coordinator
Ndaa Hassan, Marketing Coordinator
Mehwish Javaid, Connecting Muslims to Coverage Intern
Mehwish received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. After graduation, she pursued her interest in research by joining the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, where she gained valuable experience working with cutting-edge sequencing technologies. It was here she developed a strong interest in the implications that innovative technologies provide to transform healthcare. She also acknowledged the disparities involved to access such health care services and decided to continue her studies to obtain a better understanding of the intersections of science, health and policy. She is currently a pursuing a Professional Science Masters in Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University with the expected graduation of May 2014. Mehwish can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- AMHP 2011 Annual Report (Coming Soon)
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- AMHP IRS Determination Letter (Coming Soon)
- AMHP 2011 Form 990 (Coming Soon)
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