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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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Connecting Muslims to Coverage

By Khadija Gurnah on Jan 15, 2014| 2 comments

In the United States, where the median income is $50,054, having no insurance or having insurance that does not cover essential health care visits means that any illness can create financial hardship. In 2007, 62.1% of bankruptcies were due to the burden of medical bills. Health insurance coverage is very important in the Muslim community as many Muslims don’t have employer provided health insurance, in fact: 20% are self-employed, 29% are under-employed and 17% are unemployed. In order to address this problem, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is working with state and federal partners across the country to make sure Muslims are aware of and connected to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. As part of this effort, AMHP is...

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The Balancing Act of a Working Woman in Medicine

By Zaiba Malik on Jan 9, 2014| 4 comments

Curiously, at some point in their lives, all working women are asked the question, “How do you balance work and family?”  However, what defines balance? Is it being in perfect harmony at all moments in time? Balancing work and family life is an age-old working woman’s dilemma.  In reality though, there is never a complete balance.  Instead, it is simply a dance of shifting priorities of different aspects of your life at any given moment.  There is no horizontal balance, but rather a constant adjustment of which life aspect is higher and which plummets to the ground. Life in medicine is already a unique situation. As medical students, we put in long hours memorizing endless facts, dissecting our cadavers to perfection, and rounding at 4am. At times,...

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