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April 3, 2022

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This is Public Health Week: What is Public Health?
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

"While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. Public Health professionals also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors," explained Kim Hekimian, PhD, AAHPO Board Member (shown below). Dr. Hekimian is a public health educator and researcher who studies public health issues here and in Armenia.
Kim speaking AUA
Kim Hekimian, PhD (left) shown speaking at American University of Armenia. She was lecturing at a conference on child nutrition that was co-sponsored by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.
From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food.

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.

Learn more by clicking here or by watching the video below.
Aphasia: What’s the condition that forced Bruce Willis to quit?
The veteran Hollywood actor’s retirement has drawn attention to the little-known illness that has many causes.
Bruce Willis
The announcement by American actor Bruce Willis that he will be “stepping away” from the big screen has drawn attention to aphasia, a little-known condition with many causes.

Willis’s family said on Wednesday he had recently been diagnosed with the condition, which they said is “impacting his cognitive abilities”.

What are the symptoms?
Aphasia can affect the ability to produce and comprehend both written and spoken communication.

Learn more by clicking here
Blood Drive at St. Leon Armenian Church
Please Donate Blood on April 16, 9 am to 3 pm
Blood Drive Ap 16 2022
Appointments are Strongly Recommended!
Call to schedule appointment: 877-258-4825
Questions? Email Joyce Ishkanian or call 201-852-4327
You Are Invited: Welcome Back Brunch
Spring Brunch 2022
Armenian American Professionals:
Apply Now for iGORTS 2022 Fellowship
Armenian American professionals are urged to submit your application by April 30 to iGORTS 2022, a fellowship program which invites Diaspora Armenian professionals to serve in the public sector and the government of the Republic of Armenia.

The Republic of Armenia's Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs announces the launch of the iGorts 2022 program, which invites Diaspora Armenian professionals to serve in Armenia's government for a duration of one year.

Armenian American Youth:
Apply Now for Step Toward Home Program
Step Toward Home
Armenian Americans ages 13-18 are invited to apply now for the Step Toward Home program for Diaspora youth offered by the Republic of Armenia Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs. The application deadline is May 15.

The two-week educational and informative program, aimed at the preservation and development of Armenian national identity among Diaspora youth, will bring together young men and women from around to the world to spend summer 2022 in Armenia. 

Please donate directly to AAHPO to support our mission to assist Armenians here
and in Armenia.
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Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 16 - Blood Drive, 9 am to 3 pm, St. Leon Armenian Church, 12-61 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, NJ Click here to schedule your appointment

Sunday, May 1 - AAHPO Welcome Back Brunch, 1 pm to 4 pm @ The Yacht Club in Edgewater NJ Click here for flier Click here to RSVP by email
Our Board & Our Mission

Lawrence V. Najarian, MD, President
Ted Chaglassian, MD, Past President
Garbis Baydar, MD, Vice President
Debra Ferman, MD, Corresponding Secretary
Tsoline Kojaoghlanian, MD, Recording Secretary
Joyce Kurdian, DMD, Treasurer
Louiza Puskulian-Kubikian, DDS, Membership Committee
Arthur Kubikian,DDS, Parliamentarian
John Bilezikian, MD, Aram Cazazian, DDS, Lynn Cetin, MD, Kim Hekimian, PhD, Gregory Kazandjian, DDS, Knarig Khatchadurian, PhD, Lena Merjanian, MD, Vahe Tateosian, MD, Lucy Tovmasian, MD

AAHPO's mission is to improve health care awareness, increase disease prevention and early detection, foster fellowship and career development of Armenian health care professionals, and provide medical support and education to both our local communities and Armenia.

Call AAHPO: 908-914-5549