AMHP’s Advocacy Mission Statement
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is a public health organization representing the voice of Muslim Americans in advancing the public health of the entire American community. AMHP’s advocacy platform serves to support all efforts that improve access to healthcare and provide education to Americans on healthcare issues. AMHP views healthcare as a right since it is an essential component of preserving life, and the absence of it has repercussions on an individual and societal level.
As a society, Americans are lagging behind other developed countries in terms of life expectancy, maternal mortality, and diagnosis of chronic illness. This is despite the fact that the U.S. has the highest, almost double the per capita spending costs on healthcare compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. These stark facts highlight the need that AMHP recognizes within the community and is working towards enacting change and providing education.
The rising cost of healthcare has been recognized as a barrier to healthcare access in the U.S. and is also one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the U.S. One of the means of overcoming the cost barrier has been to ensure health insurance for all Americans. This is especially significant since the U.S. is the only industrialized nation without universal healthcare. We at AMHP, recognize the complexity of our healthcare system with multiple layers of cost drivers ranging from high insurance premiums to the high costs of care to the emphasis on diagnostic medicine to high litigation rates. Regardless of the complexity of this issue, the fact remains that ensuring that every American has access to healthcare will result in better health outcomes and social well-being. Our mission is the commitment to a healthier community in the U.S. NOW and we recognize that the overall change process will require significant evolution over time.
To this end, AMHP has engaged in advocacy for healthcare-related matters with the underlying principle of improving the affordability and accessibility of healthcare for Americans. AMHP was one of the only Muslim public health organizations to ensure that Americans across the nation were aware of and connected to health insurance coverage provided under the ACA. During the first four open enrollment cycles, AMHP hired community liaisons to coordinate local outreach and enrollment events in their community. Our “Connecting Americans to Coverage” program resulted in over 350 enrollment events and over 900 people enrolling in coverage between 2014 and 2017. We also developed resources and tools for other organizations to conduct enrollment in their local communities and our cumulative outreach from these efforts was an outreach to over half a million Americans and partnerships with over 80 organizations. We have also established a very active mental health arm working on projects that provide awareness and training on mental health issues. We are also very active in the professional development of all healthcare professionals by providing career development resources and a platform for networking. Our board members also come from eclectic backgrounds ranging from healthcare, pharmaceuticals and public health. We believe that our mission is a shared value that brings us together to work for a higher cause and we also envision that this mission will resonate with our AMHP members regardless of backgrounds, and they will use the AMHP platform to work towards this shared mission.