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April 7, 2022

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Today is World Health Day: Why It Matters
World Health Day
At least half of the world’s population can’t access basic health services such as seeing a doctor, getting vaccinated or even receiving emergency care. Even in wealthier regions, households are spending at least 10% of their budgets on health-related expenses. Many households -- even here in the U.S. -- are pushed further into extreme poverty due to high out-of-pocket health care costs. These issues are made even worse during a health crisis such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Studies show poverty and poor health outcomes are closely linked. When faced with financial hardship, people must decide between their daily living expenses versus their health needs. As a result, they are more likely to go without necessary care such as consulting with a doctor or getting a prescription.
What you can do to help
We have many opportunities in our daily lives to speak out for the right to health. Stay informed on why health issues are human rights issues. Urge your legislators to pass laws and funding that support greater access to health care for all. Ask your employer to support a workplace that promotes health as a human right through family-friendly policies, decent working conditions, non-discrimination and gender equality.

Encourage your family and to speak up or take action. Organize events and partner with community leaders and other local organizations to promote the right to health. Share stories on social media about why health matters, and challenge online misinformation with credible health facts. Support public health leaders, doctors, nurses, journalists, community members, and activists around the world who face attacks for defending our right to health.

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