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Author: Linda Howard, Karim Ali, Erika Christie

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Welcome to the Profound Conversations Series. An educational platform where our goal is first and foremost, building healthy communities. We jump into topics such as social reformation in education, economic development, bioethics, culture, and critical end of life issues impacting Americans. Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level. The show is produced by MLPI and Erika Christie.
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Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation‘Profound Conversation ArenaTM’ to be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-NuriMichigan healthcare leaders and Muslim communities are to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and life giving donation/transplantation. Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Lifegiving Donation & Transplantation.Muslim individuals and families, healthcare professionals and other providers of services to Muslim communities in southeast Michigan and beyond are encouraged to join the conversation exploring anatomical donation and transplantation in the context of Islam. Fewer residents are registered as organ, cornea and tissue donors in Wayne County—Michigan’s most populous and diverse county—than anywhere else in the state, according to Gift of Life Michigan. Yet the need for transplants in this county is relatively high.Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.lifeThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation‘Profound Conversation ArenaTM’ to be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-NuriMichigan healthcare leaders and Muslim communities are to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and life giving donation/transplantation. Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Lifegiving Donation & Transplantation.Muslim individuals and families, healthcare professionals and other providers of services to Muslim communities in southeast Michigan and beyond are encouraged to join the conversation exploring anatomical donation and transplantation in the context of Islam. Fewer residents are registered as organ, cornea and tissue donors in Wayne County—Michigan’s most populous and diverse county—than anywhere else in the state, according to Gift of Life Michigan. Yet the need for transplants in this county is relatively high.Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.lifeThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on a Building Healthy Communities and life giving donation/transplantationProfound Conversation Arena be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-NuriEversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life giving Donation & Transplantation.Joia Jefferson Nuri as coached more than 50 C-Suite executives and scheduled, written, and coached twelve TEDx Talks (including her own) with two more to present in Fall 2020. Joia has been on the leadership teams at NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, and BET, working as a senior producer, anchor, reporter, and host.The online, interactive, Islamically informed discussion among southeast Michigan healthcare professionals, service providers and Muslim individuals and families will explore in session one Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships featuring:Session two will explore Life-Giving Donation & Transplantation featuring:Monir Moniruzzaman Ph.D. U of Toronto, Department of Anthropology at Michigan State UniversityImam Johari Abdul-Malik, National Activist and Social Justice LeaderSheik Ibrahim Kazerooni, Imam Islamic Center of America, Dearborn MichiganKelly Ranum, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Organ Procurement AgencyLesley Compagnone, Director of Community Affairs for Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)Collin Ross, CEBT, Eversight Global Eye Bank Network, Ann Arbor MI
Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on a Building Healthy Communities and life giving donation/transplantationProfound Conversation Arena be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-NuriEversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life giving Donation & Transplantation.Joia Jefferson Nuri as coached more than 50 C-Suite executives and scheduled, written, and coached twelve TEDx Talks (including her own) with two more to present in Fall 2020. Joia has been on the leadership teams at NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, and BET, working as a senior producer, anchor, reporter, and host.The online, interactive, Islamically informed discussion among southeast Michigan healthcare professionals, service providers and Muslim individuals and families will explore in session one Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships featuring:Farha Abbasi, MD, Michigan State University, Department of PsychiatryKara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Senior Vice President Nemours Childrens Health SystemMichelle Jesse, PhD, Psychologist, Henry Ford Health SystemMona Makki, Director, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center Steve Miller Chief Executive Officer, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
With their history of forced immigration to the United States (US), African Americans were de-cultured and dehumanized, their misery treated as ‘natural’ and benign. Today, they are an important minority in a nation with a singular degree of world influence. Much of the country’s vitality, especially its contemporary cultural life, can be credited to African Americans, but racism remains a definitive and stark reality. A critical aspect of the racism that African Americans face is a continuing geographic segregation in many parts of the US, a legacy of ‘Jim Crow’ laws enacted in the South after the Civil War, as well as discriminatory attitudes right across the country including the so-called ‘white flight’ from urban areas to suburbs after the Second World War.Much of the African American population is urban and they make up the majority of the population in cities such as Detroit, New Orleans and Washington DC. While many major US cities have had black mayors and African Americans are well represented on most large city councils, politics and funding have limited their attempts to make significant changes in the conditions of urban African Americans. This is reflected in the persistence of profound inequalities in a range of areas, from education and health care to housing and access to justice.In the area of education, for example, while black educational levels are on the rise, inequalities and discrimination persist. While poverty and a broader backdrop of exclusion play a part to poor educational outcomes – almost a quarter (24.1 per cent) of the black population were living in poverty in 2015, compared to 9.1 per cent of non-Hispanic whites.African Americans are at high risk for mental illness, heart disease, cancer, HIV infection and other major diseases, due to a cluster of factors, including levels of education, poverty, stress, poor health care, pollution and family instability. The wide socio-economic gaps between African Americans and whites remains high. In 2018, the annual National Urban League report, The State of Black America, found that nationwide black households earn an average income of US$38,555 compared to white an average of US$63,155 among white households.Introduced in House January 3, 2019, HR 40 is a bill that would establish a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission would examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. Among other requirements, the commission shall identify (1) the role of federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, (2) forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and (3) lingering negative effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.This episode seeks to explore some of the aforementioned, egregious social, political and economic challenges faced by African American men and women.   How do we effectively influence public policy to correct systemic injustice?  What will it take to get traction behind this bill?  What will coalitions of support need to look like to bring about success for this and similar important initiatives?  Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.lifeThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
Modern democracy requires people who can think critically, reason ethically, and participate effectively. Successful organizations must be populated by people who understand group processes and how to guide them while maintaining the proper respect for all participants.  Ethical leadership thrives when it is directed by respect for ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of all people.As we move further into the twenty first century what will global leadership need to embody in order to effectively grapple with the vexing challenges of climate change, earth population density, biodiversity, science, technology and the social-political-economic realities of a post COVID-19 America?How does the study of science lend to our understanding and implementation of effective leadership?  Are we headed in the right direction with our current trends in artificial intelligence?  Where should pathways to lifelong learning lead to in order to save our planet from devastation?Does improving ethical decision-making require deliberately making rational decisions that maximize value rather than going with ones natural inclinations?  How do our biases and other cognitive limitations influence rational thinking? and at what cost to future generations who will inherit the earth we leave behind?  Today's Guest Host is Zarinah Shakir and our Profound Conversationalist is Dr. Rana Dajani.  Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level. MLPN.life  The Profound Conversations Podcast and Video Series is produced by Erika Christie. www.ErikaChristie.com
This week on PROFOUND CONVERSATIONS......Covid-19’s Impact on 21st Century Higher EducationMaintaining Dynamic Learning Environments During a Global Pandemic Does COVID-19 threaten or enhance the academic community’s ability to close the gap in diversity and cultural inclusiveness for students seeking higher education? Are we in a better or worse position regarding the recruitment of the very best talent within vulnerable populations? What solutions are institutions grappling with to remain competitive in this ever-evolving environment?This weeks host is Linda Howard and our Profound Conversationalists are Dr. Marcus Lambert and Dr. Rachel J. Thornton. Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.lifeThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
With Difficulty Comes Ease...  How do we make sense of the days and times we find ourselves in?  Common impulses to the injustice and corruption are raw and visceral.  Words don’t seem to contain the energy to hold the gravity of the moment.  There is bewilderment, anger and even rage.  However, within the midst of the senseless there remains a need to bring all things into balance.  Our human intelligence demands that we search for answers.  Being proactive in the pursuit of a better life requires contributions from diverse perspectives and cultures, hence the new-found unity in the streets.  As tensions continue swirling due to the global pandemic, national elections and turmoil in city streets, where should right minded people focus their energies?How does today inform our future as valued citizens? How do we evolve and grow from these putrid moments in American history? Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.lifeThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
This week we discuss the need for making informed decisions as we listen to politicians' campaign speeches or read news stories about the people running for office.  Part of being an informed voter is being familiar with down ballot candidates and understanding the referendums which impact local elections.  Has your family discussed a vote plan?  Are you an early voter intending to mail your ballot?  Have you checked to ensure you are registered to vote in your district?  These and other timely considerations will be part of the Profound Conversations.Our host is Linda Howard and our Profound Conversationalists are Dr. Charles Lewis, Aura Vasquez, and Jamiah Adams.Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.life The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com
As we come to a close of the summer season with Labor Day weekend in our rear view, what is the current state of the union regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the United States?  How do we prevent needless loss of life as we head into the winter flu season?  What are the prospects for an effective vaccine before years end and how long can we expect to have impacts to our current social culture in America - including education, sports and business convening?There is growing recognition among health experts of the social, economic, and environmental factors that drive health outcomes.  Many community health activities have enormous value for preventing adverse outcomes and advancing equity. As major healthcare institutions, hospitals and health systems can play a direct or indirect role in supporting this work. Recent studies indicate that there are emerging opportunities for collaboration between the health and community development sectors.    The second part of today’s profound conversation will explore the question Can Community Development Improve Health? We intend to discuss approaches to building successful health and community development partnership, with incentives for community developers, health professionals, state and local governments, and philanthropy to participate in these collaborations. Today's host is Andre Robinson and the Panelists are Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos and Dr. Rachel Thornton and Caroline Plott. The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
We are in the midst of events that highlight health disparities and inequities. Preliminary data has shown that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than whites, even though they make up a smaller percentage of the population. The pandemic is bringing to light health inequities that have existed for many years. Protest around the world are also calling attention to other inequities. These health disparities, as well as, existing and historical inequities are the foundation for distrust of American institutes, including those connected with healthcare systems. How do we build trust and the competencies to serve all?Today's host is Linda Howard and the panelists are Dr. Marwan Abouljoud, Kelly Ranum, Dr. Tyler Amell, Andrea Johnson, and Barry Massa.The Profound Conversations Podcast is produced by Erika Christie https://www.ErikaChristie.comThe Profound Conversations Series can be found athttps://www.profoundconvos.com/series
Protests that originated in Minneapolis after a white police officer killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, quickly spread around the country. The reality of social inequality create anger and despair that is now playing out on the streets of cities throughout the country. How did we get here and what is the way forward? What are specific health impacts on individual, family and communities from both physical and mental perspectives? What are effective pathways to breakthroughs in enforcement and judicial policies and civic engagement? How do we begin to transform our social contract to include those who have been dehumanized, commoditized and under represented?Today's panelists are Pastor Melvin Russell, Adar Ayira, Major Neill Franklin, Justin Hodge, DeBorah Ahmed, Dr. Charles Lewis, and the host is Linda Howard. The Profound Conversations Podcast is produced by Erika Christie https://www.ErikaChristie.comThe Profound Conversations Series can be found athttps://www.profoundconvos.com/series
Protests that originated in Minneapolis after a white police officer killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, quickly spread around the country. The reality of social inequality create anger and despair that is now playing out on the streets of cities throughout the country. How did we get here and what is the way forward? What are specific health impacts on individual, family and communities from both physical and mental perspectives? What are effective pathways to breakthroughs in enforcement and judicial policies and civic engagement? How do we begin to transform our social contract to include those who have been dehumanized, commoditized and under represented?Today's host is Linda Howard and the panelists are Muhammad Bashir, Ameedah Rashid, Darnell Blackburn, Diane Bell McKoy, Pastor John Arnold, and Latif Rasheed.The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
How has the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced, and in some instances influenced medical decisions which require physicians and nurses to grapple with the principles of health care [medical/bio] ethics? In a post COVID-19 pandemic world are traditional standards for making medical choices, which in some cases weigh life and death in the balance, sufficient for rendering the best possible benefits for both patient and society? How is our understanding of the relevant nuanced principles advanced through a prism of Islamic bioethical concerns?Today's host is Linda Howard and the Panelists are Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina and Dr. Joseph Carrese.The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
US businesses will reopen in a new reality. Social distancing regulations may make it difficult for some establishments to realize profit margins sufficient to support growth and long-term viability. We are likely to see a continued increase in online transactions. Some macro strategist suggests that cryptocurrencies will replace the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. With Profound Conversationalists Jameel Aalim-Johnson and Yaya J. Fanusie, we explore MLPI’s new visions for equity and inclusion in the development of capital markets, investments, and wealth-building in a post COVID-19 pandemic world.Today's host is Linda Howard and the Panelists are Jameel Aalim-Johnson and Yaya J. FanusieThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
COVID 19 could bring a profound or notable transformation in how Americans spend, save, and invest their money; how busi- nesses function; and how people engage. The impact of COVID 19 could reverberate for decades. Some predict that it will be like the Great Recession of 2008. Others draw comparisons to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Are either one of these accurate comparisons? We know for sure that we are in an economic, social, and political crisis. We will explore with our conversation- alist: The way forward for Main Street, the social-political economic nuances necessary to carve out effective pathways to re- covery, and whether there are conceptual roadmaps that hold the key to re-imagining a thriving US workforce and economy.Today's host is Linda Howard and the Panelists are Mike Bonifer, Donna Pahel, and Rasul Sha'ir. The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
How do we create a post pandemic world that is more inclusive of vulnerable populations? We speak to two distinguished physicians who see health inequities every day and who are commitment to improving the health and wellness of vulnerable populations. We ask the questions (1) is population health management the way forward to building healthy, sustainable communities? Do we have a plan to reduce or eliminate the glaring inequities showcased in our national healthcare systems during COVID-19? How do we reimagine wellness at the personal, family and community levels?Today's guests are Dr. Sandro Galea and Dr. Mark PettusThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
Last week we explored the impact of COVID 19 on inner city communities in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Some populations around the globe are being hit harder than others; globally our response to this pandemic has been less than adequate. We were especially unprepared to mitigate the impact the pandemic, that have devastated much of the world, had on the economically, socially and medically vulnerable. Slowing the spread depends, in large part, on how we respond to these populations. The Global Health Security Index: Building Collective Action and Accountability report, dated October 2019, articulates essential recom- mendations for global governments to consider as a means for the prevention, detection and rapid response to enormous public health threats. Are these recommendations the answer? Will they assist us with post pandemic preparedness to respond to our most vulnerable populations?Today's guests are Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Dr. Patti Magyar, and Dr Lisa CooperThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
In a time with so much uncertainty, sickness and death, how do we continue to maintain a positive outlook? What are the best ways to share empathy and create harmony in our homes and in our neighborhoods once things return to a semblance of ‘normal’? This week we look at several therapeutic approaches to these and other prescient questions with mental health thought leaders working on the front lines. We encourage first responders and medical professionals to participate in this most Profound Conversation. Profound Conversations is a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment for listeners to contribute thoughts and seek guidance.Today's guests are Dr. Farha Abassi and Latif Rasheed  The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
Inner-city populations remain at high risk for poor health outcomes, and premature death due to preventable diseases and environmental factors associated with known socioeconomic and primary health care inequities. In many of these communities COVID-19 spreads at faster rates than other communities. We will take a look at inner city communities in and around Baltimore and ask the questions: Where are we in the midst of COVID 19 and what is the outlook for tomorrow? How do we positively impact health outcomes at the individual, family and community level looking at population health management, standards of care, and selfcare. Profound Conversations is a moderated discussion with a question and answer segment for listeners to contribute thoughts and seek guidance.Today's guests are Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos and Andre L Robinson JrThe Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com/podcastsProfound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute  MLPN.lifeYour donation supports original content that promotes Profound Conversations. Any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated!DONATE HERE
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