Across the United States, Muslims have opened free medical clinics to treat uninsured and low-income patients of all backgrounds. American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), a national non-profit organization focused on professional development, mental health, and advocacy for underserved communities is leading efforts to create the Muslim Free Clinics Council. These Muslim-run free clinics allow those that are unable to afford healthcare to seek care without having to worry about the cost. Ultimately, they serve to relieve the burden on so many people across the US of healthcare affordability while providing high-quality care. Especially during the time of COVID-19, where many people are suffering from job loss or financial issues, the Muslim-run free clinics enable people to get the treatment they need.
Muslim-run free clinics across the US are diverse in size and setting but also have many shared goals, experiences, and challenges. AMHP is providing a platform to bring all interested Muslim Free Clinics together for the first time. The forum is intended to facilitate conversation between staff/board/volunteers from various clinics to foster collaboration and provide a platform to share best practices, documents, and resources.
"Personally, I see these Muslim-run free clinics as an avenue for people around the US to get the healthcare they need without having to worry about affordability. Especially during the time of a pandemic, where many people are suffering from financial issues, these clinics provide hope to those who simply would not be able to afford healthcare. Through the Muslim Free Clinics Council, I hope that the representatives and members from all of the clinics can come together to collaborate and help each other grow," says Syed H. Hussain, the Muslim Free Clinics Coordinator for AMHP.
Staff, board members, and volunteers involved in Muslim Free Clinics and representatives of organizations that support them can all join this cause.