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2014

July 20, 2014

No Rest During a Busy Spring and Summer

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Now in the summer of our 20th year, AAHPO is not resting on its laurels. We have brought our mission to life with an unusual number of initiatives that serve Armenians of all ages, laypersons and health care professionals alike, and in expanding service areas in the eastern U.S. and abroad. This exceptionally busy season appears to be the "new normal," as it leads up to a 20th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser this Nov. 21 at the New York Athletic Club.

 

AUA Conference in Armenia

AAHPO was a co-sponsor of the Conference on Nutrition held in May at American University of Armenia (AUA) in Yerevan, and organized by Columbia University, AUA, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR),and World Vision. The Armenian Medical Fund also was a co-sponsor.

AAHPO Board Member Kim Hekimian, PhD, from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition and AUA School of Public Health opened the International Symposium, introducing the organizers, sponsors, and her colleagues from Columbia University: "With this conference, we hope we will all gain new knowledge that will enrich our understanding of the field and that this knowledge will serve as a catalyst for future initiatives and collaborations in improving nutrition and health of the Armenian population."

The two-day international symposium was entitled "Nutrition as a Key to Economic Development: The Case for Armenia," which over 180 health professionals, program planners, and policy makers attended to increase their awareness on malnutrition in Armenia today. The event had five sessions which covered childhood malnutrition, current assessments in childhood nutrition in Armenia, current nutrition interventions in Armenia, nutrition and non-communicable diseases, nutrition education, training, and capacity, and clinical issues in nutrition.

AMIC Connection

AAHPO was represented at the June meeting of Armenian Medical International Committee (AMIC) held in Miami. The fundamental mission of AMIC was fulfilled by the fact that so many young health care providers, including many individuals new to the organization, travelled to Miami from all over the world. 

AAHPO was honored to be offered a seat on the AMIC Executive Committee. We reiterated our commitment to AMIC as an important global connection for Armenian health care professionals. AAHPO members are already making plans to travel to the next AMIC meeting, which will coincide with the CME meeting next year, July 2-4, 2015. The theme is "Together in Health" (www.4imca.am).

Delaware Valley Health Professionals Organization (DVAHPO)

Late last year, AAHPO leadership got wind of a January 2014 event for Armenian health professionals in Philadelphia, and believed it was important to support this new organization. Since that event, with AAHPO's encouragement, the Delaware Valley Armenian Health Professionals Organization (DVAHPO) was formed, and two dinner meetings have been held, in early April and on June 13.

"My wife and I are very excited about the interest being shown here. We are looking forward to building relationships with our Armenian colleagues and, in general, fostering fellowiship in the Delaware Valley Armenian community," noted Levon Nazarian, MD, an AAHPO honoree and now a member of the DVAHPO Organizing Committee.                

"We are very grateful for the support that AAHPO has shown to DVAHPO. Our purpose right now is to establish warm relationships with one another as we build the organization," said Karl Doghramji, MD, another Organizing Committee member.

At the June 13 meeting, Dr. Dohgramji, a widely recognized expert on sleep disorders, presented "Q&A on Insomnia and Sleep Disorders". The group will meet again on September 26, 2014.

Help Save Lives!

During this busy time period, physicians in Armenia were being trained through AAHPO's "Help Save Lives" physician training program. Doctors from remote villages now have access to Continuing Medical Education, and have taken their increased knowledge and renewed skills back to their villages to serve their patients. Just since January 2014, a total of 18 Armenian physicians have been trained through AAHPO's Help Save Lives! program.

What's Next

Two public Medical Workshops are scheduled for September 7 at St. Stepanos Armenian Church and September 28 at St. Thomas Armenian Church.

Two member dinner meetings and presentations are scheduled: for AAHPO on September 12 and DVAHPO on September 26.

This exceptionally busy year culminates with two big events:

On November 21st at the New York Athletic Club, the AAHPO 20th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser. The Gala Committee has been meeting, and they promise an engaging celebration of 20 years of service to the Armenian community, as well as a dynamic look forward at AAHPO's plans for the next 20 years!

On December 7th, the AAHPO Annual Member Meeting and Christmas Brunch.

 

 

2012

 

September 13, 2012
Boston Event Raises Awareness

Boston, MA – September 13, 2012 – More Armenians now are aware of the need for stem cell donors, thanks to a successful screening event held Sept. 2 at the Armenian Youth Federation Olympics, held in Newton, Massachusetts. About two dozen people of Armenian descent were screened and had their data registered in response to the event. The Sept. 2 event focused on Debbi Margosian Chapman, who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and is in desperate need of a donor for a stem cell transplant to restore her bone marrow. However, she is not the only Armenian in need.

"More than 200 Armenians are in need of a donor, and any one of the persons screened could be a life-saving match," noted Dr. Lawrence V. Najarian, president of AAHPO, which supported the event.

Haig Hrakelian, who was screened at the Sept. 2 event, said that he was proud to undergo the simple cheek-swab test: "It's important for Armenians to help each other," he said.

"I'm delighted so many Armenians took the time to come over to our table and get their names in the Registry database. There's a lot of anxiety about what being a donor entails. We are always happy to educate people so they can see how easy it is to join and if someone is lucky enough to match, how easy and painless it is to be a donor," said event organizer Linda Levin-Scherz.

Linda Levin-Scherz, left, observes as Satenig Dulgarian takes the cheek-swab test. Dr Armen H. Arslanian, the president of Boston-based Armenian American Medical Association (AAMA), shared a personal story: "My cousin recovered from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at Tufts only after he received bone marrow and everyone deserves a chance like that! Imagine the extreme joy of life again."

Potential donors should be in good health and between ages 18 and 50. Donating stem cells is similar to giving blood; a donor's stem cells are removed and the blood is returned to the donor. Within a couple of weeks, donor stem cells are replenished. There is no surgery, no anesthesia, and no cost to the donor. To learn more, click here.

Many in need cannot find a match from direct relatives. According to the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, only 25% of patients afflicted with leukemia or other life-threatening blood disorders find donors within their families. The other 75% of patients' lives depend on finding a perfectly matched unrelated donor, usually from their own ethnic community. In other words, Armenians are most likely to find a match with another Armenian. That's why it's important for all Armenians who fit the donor profile to be screened and their data registered.

Anyone with questions is invited to call the AAHPO Hotline at 201-546-6166. You can obtain a free cheek swab kit by emailing Linda Levin-Scherz at llevinscherz@gmail.com or request a free kit from the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

"AAHPO and AAMA were excited to collaborate to raise regional awareness. Now we need to educate Armenians throughout the U.S. and abroad of this pressing medical need," noted Dr. Najarian. To learn more, view the AAHPO TV Program Bone Marrow Transplants, an interview with hematologist-oncologist Dr. Terenig Terjanian.

 

 

September 2, 2012
Be A Hero Donor Screenings to be Held During Armenian Olympics in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA – August 21, 2012 – Armenians in the Boston area are urged to attend a screening event on Sunday, September 2, 2012 that could help save the life of Debbi Margosian Chapman, who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She is in desperate need of a donor for a stem cell transplant to restore her bone marrow. The screening event is at 9 a.m. in conjunction with the Armenian Olympics Track and Field event, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA.

The free screening test is a painless cheek swab. Potential donors should be in good health and be between 18 and 60 years old.

Boston physician Dr. Armen H. Arslanian, the president of the Armenian American Medical Association (AAMA), has a professional and personal message: “I urge everyone in the donor age category to participate on September 2, 2012 because it's awesome to save someone's life. My cousin recovered from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at Tufts only after he received Bone Marrow and everyone deserves a chance like that! Imagine the extreme joy of life again. This is a safe and harmless undertaking.”

Because Debbi is Armenian, her doctors believe her best chances for a match are within the Armenian community. Debbi Margosian Chapman’s family is willing to pay $25,000 to the person who is a match for Debbi.

Debbi is not the only Armenian who needs your help - more than 200 Armenians currently are in need of a bone marrow donor. The Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO) has recently publicized two other cases, those of Irene Katrandjian and young Charlotte Conybear of Philadelphia, who also desperately need to find a match.

According to the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (www.abmdr.ma), only 25% of patients afflicted with leukemia or other life-threatening blood disorders find donors within their families. The other 75% of patients’ lives depend on finding a perfectly matched unrelated donor, usually from their own ethnic community.

If you don’t live in the Boston area, you can still be screened. Please obtain a free cheek swab kit by emailing Linda Levin-Scherz at llevinscherz@gmail.com or you can request a free kit from the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry at www.marrow.org/Join. Those with questions are invited to call the (AAHPO) hotline at 201-546-6166.

“AAHPO is very excited to collaborate with our AAMA colleagues in the Boston area. By working together, we will raise regional awareness of this pressing medical need,” noted Dr. Lawrence V. Najarian, AAHPO president.

On September 1, 2012 AAHPO is sponsoring a TV program about Bone Marrow Transplants, which will be aired in the New York area at 4:00 p.m. on Voice of Armenians TV, Channel 25, NYC Life. Dr. Terenig Terjanian will be interviewed. All Armenians ages 18 to 60 are urged to be screened and have their data entered in the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (www.abmdr.am) or the National Marrow Donor Program (www.marrow.org).

Fortunately, it’s easy to become a donor. Donating stem cells is similar to giving blood; a donor’s stem cells are removed and the blood is returned to the donor. Within a couple of weeks, donor stem cells are replenished. There is no surgery, no anesthesia, and no cost to the donor. For more information, please click here.

For more information or to answer questions, please contact Linda Levin-Scherz by email at llevinscherz@gmail.com or call the AAHPO Hotline: 201-546-6166.

 

 

 

2011

AAHPO Gala Banquet to be Held in NJ
Fundraising Efforts Dedicated to Continuing Medical Education in Armenia

By Taleen Babayan for The Armenian Weekly

 

 

AAHPO Named a Finalist for NJBiz 2011 Healthcare Heroes Award

NJBiz Healthcare Heroes AwardsAAHPO Selected as Finalist in the Category: Education Hero - Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAR HILLS -- May 2, 2011 -- The Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO) (www.aahpo.org) has been named a finalist in the "Education Hero - Organization" category in the 2011 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. AAHPO was nominated for its programs to improve health care awareness, increase disease prevention and early detection, and provide medical support and education to our local community.

The Healthcare Heroes awards program recognizes excellence and innovation and honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.  Finalists were selected in eleven categories:  Corporate Achievement, Education Hero-Individual, Education Hero-Organization, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero-Individual, Innovation Hero-Organization, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Finalists were chosen and the winners will be picked by an independent panel of judges including: Donald J. Cinotti, MD, Medical Society of NJ; David Knowlton, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC®.

The Healthcare Heroes awards finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 21, 2011 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.

For more information about the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program or to register for the event, please visit www.njbiz.com/events or contact Sarah Spangler via e-mail at sspangler@njbiz.com or by phone at (732) 246-5713. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey Hospital Association, NJTopDocs.com and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

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2009

NY Stock Exchange is venue for AAHPO fundraiser
Armenian health professionals benefit Eye Care Project, Voskevan Clinic

By Florence Avakian
Published: Wednesday December 02, 2009

 

Gala banquet closes Armenian Medical World Congress, a four-day gathering

By Florence Avakian
Published: Thursday July 23, 2009

 

 

April 21, 2009

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Hagop Souren Akiskal to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Armenian American Medical Society of California at the 23rd Annual Fundraising Banquet
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2008

April 25,2008
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel Honored Guest Speaker at AAHPO Gala Banquet

April 2008
AAHPO Announces 14th Anniversary Benefit Banquet

March 2008
Blue Cross has Unhealthful Relationship With 'No Place for Hate'

March 2008
AAHPO Member's Community Involvement

February 2008
AAHPO to Host the 11th International Armenian Medical Congress' Board Meeting

 

 


2007

December 2007
AAHPO to Host the 11th Armenian Medical World Congress in New York City in 2009

November 2007
AAHPO Conducts Medical Workshops at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, NY and St. Gregory Church White Plains, NY

October 15, 2007
Blood Screenings for Blood Donors

September 2007
AAHPO Conducts Medical Workshops at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, NY and St. Gregory Church White Plains, NY




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