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
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. [/learn_more]
Sameer Siddiqi, Vice President
Sameer Siddiqi is the on Board of Directors of the American Muslim Health Professionals and helps lead the Task Force on Health Policy and Taskforce on Health Education. Sameer is currently working at the NIH after pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Houston. In 2010, he served as a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar and Legislative Fellow in the Office of Congressman John Lewis, where he worked on obesity prevention legislation and Medicare disparities. Prior to that, Sameer worked in the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Health and Environmental Policy under Mayor Bill White. His interests are centered on the planning and implementation of environmental health, prevention and minority disparity policies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arshia Wajid, Board Member
Arshia Wajid is the founder, former President, and Vice President of the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). Arshia received a Masters degree in Public Health and Business Administration from the University of Illinois. After completing a fellowship in hospital administration at the Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY , she worked as a Planning Analyst in Strategic Development at St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights, IL. Arshia is currently working as a Senior Financial Analyst at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has volunteered as Clinic Coordinator at IMAN Health Clinic, a Muslim Community-based Clinic serving a diverse uninsured and underinsured patient population on Chicago’s South Side. She is a member of the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum and can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Faisal Qazi, Board Member
Dr. Faisal Qazi is the Vice President of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) and practicing neurologist in Southern California. He has been extensively engaged on issues of health reform and helps lead AMHP’s Health Policy Task Force. He has recently promoted the idea of a Muslim Free Clinics Council (MFCC), a loose association of established and emerging charitable health institutions across the country. Dr. Qazi has been engaged in a number of non-profit initiatives in the community. He was the founder and the first CEO of HUDA (Health Unit on Davison Avenue) Free Clinic in Detroit. He serves on the board of Open Doors Now, an autism education and advocacy organization in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and is an Advisor to the Epilepsy Center in Riverside, CA. He completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and subsequently an Epilepsy Fellowship at University of California-San Diego. He was named one of the Best Doctors of Inland Empire in 2008. His interests include Islamic Neuroethics and he is a member of the Neuroethics Society.
AMHP is committed to striving towards greater accountability and transparency. Our annual reports will be made available upon publication below.
- AMHP 2011 Annual Report (Coming Soon)
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is a nonprofit organization, recognized under the United States of America’s Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). As such, we are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Our most current IRS Form 990 and IRS Determination Letter are below:
- AMHP IRS Determination Letter (Coming Soon)
- AMHP 2011 Form 990 (Coming Soon)
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