Founder of American Muslim Health Professionals
Hijri - Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era - Unknown-Present (CE)
Combining social justice activism, a passion for public health, and cross-cultural learning, Arshia Wajid’s career has taken her across continents, and even to the White House. Wajid is the founder of the national non-profit organization American Muslim Health Professionals, an innovative group that lifts up these professionals to best serve their underrepresented communities. She brought this passion back to the organization’s headquarters of Chicago after volunteering with medical relief trips in Haiti, Bangladesh, India, Ecuador, and Jordan. She understands that Islamophobia touches all spheres of life, and that this intolerance must be tackled head on in medical fields. AMHP does this by providing education and resources for medical facilities to improve their cross-cultural care, as well as provide specialized care to Muslim communities in order to reduce stigma around mental health. President Barack Obama honored her work in a roundtable of Muslim health professionals in 2015, marking her undeniable impact on healthcare in the United States. Wajid is also an American Civil Muslim Leadership Institute Fellow, an ambassador for the Women’s Empowerment Campaign, and received the 2018 Muslim Women’s Alliance Inspiring Woman Award.