Healthcare Day Advisory
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Free Health Clinics for All by Muslim Doctors, Voter Registration at Mosque Festival
Alabama is ranked 46 for overall health in the United States. Organizers aim to educate and encourage public conversation concerning health care and civic engagement at their fall festival.
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(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 10/07/16) - On Saturday October 08, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- Alabama), the largest civil rights advocacy group in America, will join the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), the Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama (RCCA), and Birmingham Islamic Society (BIS) to register voters on APPNA’s National Healthcare day simultaneously occurring in 12 other states. The healthcare day has been held annually since 2011. We believe this event demonstrates the Muslim communities on-going dedication to improving the lives of all Alabamians.
WHEN: Saturday, October 08 2016, 12-4 p.m.
WHERE: Birmingham Islamic Society, 2524 Hackberry lane, Hoover AL 35226
CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama, Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, firstname.lastname@example.org, 205-313-6489 or 334-224-2196, Tanveer Patel 205-987-5691.
PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: Health Professionals, community and civic leaders, attendees, Physicians seeing patients. Voter registration.
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Health professionals, civic leaders, attendees, and organizers will be available for interviews.
In this election cycle we have seen Islamophobic rhetoric taking center stage. Also seen American Muslims, people of color, and immigrant communities reduced to ugly and harmful stereotypes.
“Reported anti-Muslim hate crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims have spiked in 2015 and 2016,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. “An event where multiple organizations come together to give back to the community directly challenges those negative perceptions. There are about 50,000 American Muslim doctors saving lives everyday all over America."
She added: “We saw an opportunity to register voters. Organizers are expecting a large American Muslim attendance and I know they are paying close attention to this presidential election. Like other states, American Muslims are mobilizing in Alabama.”
APPNA National Healthcare Day Chair and President Alabama Chapter of APPNA, Ehtsham Haq said, “We want to encourage public conversation concerning health in our state. APPNA promotes excellence in healthcare, research, education and humanitarian activities and facilitates the transfer of healthcare expertise and resources to those who most need them. Our members currently run free clinics in twelve states. According to the American Medical Association, 10% of all physicians are Muslim and the highest representatives are of Pakistani descent. We believe in the spirit of service. Volunteer physicians will be performing diabetes, hypertension,dyslipidemia, visual acuity, peripheral arterial disease and sleep apnea screening. Flu shots will also be administered. All services will be free of cost."
Tanveer Patel, “the ultimate purpose of collaborating and joining forces is to giveback as individuals, health care professionals, public health professionals, and as a community. Each person can do their part as an individual, employee, employer, educator, voter, community volunteer, health care professional, public health professional and contribute to the advancement of our state health.”
APPNA with a membership of approximately 3,000 and headquarters based in Westmont, Illinois, represents over 18,000 physicians of Pakistani descent and is the second largest International Medical Graduates (IMG), association in the United States. Since 1976 APPNA has united its membership through charitable, educational, research and scientific projects around the world. Its shared values of compassion, trust and dedication compel the association’s membership to serve as model healthcare providers and exemplary Pakistanis. APPNA members represent an array of specialties of medical practice and APPNA currently has free clinics in twelve states.
Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama (RCCA) mission is to provide high quality primary care services to everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay. The clinic is a nonprofit medical group comprised of volunteer staff donating their time and talents to serve those in need throughout Alabama. Our ultimate goal is to provide comprehensive primary care to the medically underserved, and ultimately benefit the Alabama community as a whole. http://www.redcrescentalabama.org
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 205-313-6489, or 334-224-2196 kHadeed@cair.com, HealthCare Day Representative, Tanveer Patel, 205-987-5691