AMHP Updates: July 2020

It’s been a busy few months! As we’ve all been adapting with our new (socially-distant) normal, the team at AMHP has remained very busy responding to the movement as well as continuing with our on-going programming. This work is critical as we work to improve the health and wellness of all American-Muslims.

Covid-19 Initiatives and Activities

As the coronavirus pandemic broke out in mid-March, we knew that we needed to bring our community together. We worked with the Islamic Medical Association of North American, the Islamic Society of North American and the Fiqh Council of North America to create the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19. The taskforce represents over 40 national Muslim organizations. Together we have been able to unite and guide Muslims all over America through this uncertain time. This work has included recommendations for Mosques/Islamic Centers, ensuring collective advocacy for local and national governments, a research study with ISPU that documents the American Muslim response to Covid-19 and much more. Most recently we have shifted the attention of our Task Force to join and amplify the Black Lives Matter movement.

Collaboration and unification between American Muslims has been critical as we work together to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Mental Health

Improving Muslim Mental Health is a core focus of the AMHP team. In these past few months, we’ve collaborated with Young Muslim, Muslim Youth of North America and Naseeha, for a panel discussion for Muslim Youth about anxiety during Covid-19. We also hosted a webinar on “Finding Your Calm” which focused on navigating family relationships during Covid-19.As we continue to work from home, we are planning on moving our Mental Health First Aid training online and launched our virtual platform last month!

Now, more than ever, supporting mental health needs is critical. Thanks to your support, we are able to answer this need.

Advocacy

AMHP’s advocacy work has been focused on providing our communities with food insecurity, PPE deficits and increasing Covid-19 testing. We’ve worked with coalition partners to send letters to our elected officials, set up meetings to discuss the urgent needs of our communities, held a congressional hearing and much more.

Our work is focused on keeping our elected officials accountable to answer the public health needs of their constituents.

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