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Refocusing: A Conversation about Rape Culture

By Anjabeen Ashraf on Apr 20, 2015| 0 comments

Men ogling and catcalling women was always unacceptable and discomforting to me. I sometimes questioned if my attire was responsible for attracting that type of attention. If I was a victim of catcalling, I would keep moving and not respond. I felt voiceless doing so, and I began to realize how the culture I grew up in created a myth that the victims are somewhat responsible for sexual assault. By culture, I don’t mean Bollywood or Lollywood; I mean a much broader culture that makes it okay for human beings to hurt other human beings.  Culture. It’s what ties us together in so many ways. It governs how we speak, what we wear, where we go, what we eat, and most importantly, our attitudes and behaviors. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about rape culture...

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Eating the Prophetic Way 

By Sana Mohamed on Apr 7, 2015| 0 comments

It’s the third day of your diet, and you’re craving sweets. Chocolate, ice cream, anything  sugary, carb-­loaded and definitely not a plus for your waistline. It doesn’t help that this new diet, one of several that you have tried over the years, reduces your food intake  significantly. Left hungry and on the brink of starvation, you wonder whether there is another way to eat healthy without feeling deprived. Is there a way to eat without tipping the scales? Interestingly, there is such a method that exists, and it can be linked to Islamic etiquette. Research has shown that by devising a maximum daily calorie intake, one can divide the  amount of their meals over the day, and can achieve either weight loss goals or maintain their weight. For instance,...

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Social Justice and Our Social Health

By Kamilah A. Pickett, JD, MPH on Mar 11, 2015| 0 comments

Death is inevitable. It seems a macabre statement to make, but the truth of it cannot be denied. We public health and medical professionals spend our careers studying all manners of physical and mental maladies in an attempt to thwart them. Treat them. Cure or eradicate them. But death is inevitable. And so we attempt to live the healthiest lives possible. We give up saturated fats and processed sugar. We eschew red meat and load up on organic leafy greens. We hit the treadmill on our lunch breaks. We lift. We spin. We Zumba. Well, at least some of us do. But death is inevitable. Life is to be lived, and so we make friends. We marry. We raise children. We build communities of friends and family. We do those things that society expects of us as we move through...

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Despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is a step forward

By Meena Hasan on Mar 4, 2015| 0 comments

(Article reposted from KEVIN MD.com with the permission of Author, Meena Hasan) Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a worthwhile journey because it’s a chance to observe the various other commuters making their way to all sorts of destinations. It’s a people watcher’s dream! Some look dressed to impress on Capitol Hill or in corporate offices. Others look as though they are going home after a long overnight shift. There are those happy to have found a warm train car in which to rest, CEOs studying their daily planners, and a mixture of everyone in between.  No other place in DC will one find the diversity of people in a...

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Why Health Insurance Matters

By Tasmiha Khan, Aamir Hussain on Feb 4, 2015| 0 comments

  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided American Muslims with a unique opportunity to put our faith into practice: signing up for health insurance helps us better look after our own health, as well as the health of others in our community. It is narrated in a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that “Your body has a right over you” (Sahih Muslim).  In other words, Allah has blessed and entrusted us with a physical body, and we have an obligation to take proper care of it. Indeed, dietary restrictions and the instructions to perform ablutions before any prayers indicate the importance of maintaining one’s physical health. By having the proper tools, such as health coverage, one can better afford routine appointments with primary...

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Important Message From President Obama

By AMHP Board on Mar 30, 2014| 0 comments

Dear AMHP members, We are very excited to share this important message from President Barack Obama. — Hey – I wanted to provide an important update on our efforts to get Americans health care coverage. The deadline to enroll is Monday. If you know someone who still hasn’t signed up for health care, tell them to go to HealthCare.gov and sign up right now. We need to look out for our fellow Americans – so that our families and friends have access to the health care they need. You’ve done such great work already, but we can’t stop yet. After open enrollment ends on March 31, you won’t be able to get covered through the Marketplace until 2015. Now is the time for people to get covered. I know life is busy — and after all the...

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