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One Woman's Efforts to Help Underserved Minorities

Maryland | Frontline

In an effort to "flatten the curve" in the growing Covid-19 pandemic, and at critical risk to herself with PPE, Asma Inge-Hanif started a campaign to use her established health center as a way to serve as a resource, testing site and critical care provider for those not being served, especially those in our communities without viable options. Her health and social services center was established to recognizing that the current programs disproportionally distribute services and fails to focus on those who are of low income, marginalized, uninsured and/or home.

Asma Inge-Hanif, despite an impoverished background, was the first in her family to attend college, graduated from Howard University College of Nursing and in 1987 established Al-Nisaa Health and Social Services Center in order to provide health services for the underserved and uninsured women and children.

Background: Asma Inge-Hanif original incentive was as a response to her maternal grandmother, whom actually worked as a domestic for a physician but lacking healthcare died from a preventable condition. She credits her continued inspiration and motivation to help others to her father as his sacrifice on behalf of everyone provided the path toward civil rights and social justice for all immigrating to this country. Asma Hanif is a champion for positive social change through advocacy information and service. In 2018 she was awarded the: National Safe Place Network's Culture of Respect Award - given to: “those who champion the cause of justice and equality." ON THE FRONT LINE" Inge Benevolent Ministries dba Muslimat Al Nisaa Shelter & Healthy Solutions a nonprofit wholistic community health center for over 45 years, is now responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Asma Inge-Hanif, a Chaplain & Nurse Practitioner is the Executive Director & Founder, has received training as well as certification in Disaster Relief/Preparedness through FEMA.  Asma Inge-Hanif is the daughter of John T. Inge, a native of Danville Virginia, one of the last surviving original Montford Point Marines, whom himself is the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and in whose honor her organization is named.


May 27, 2020

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