Professional Development

  • Annual scholarships for New England-based healthcare students, ongoing
  • Annual ICPD continuing education lecture sponsorship, ongoing
  • Social networking and community building for Boston-area members, ongoing
  • Mentorship program for fellows and residents in Armenia and the United States, ongoing
  • Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine rotation program, ongoing
  • Support of anesthesia residency training for physicians in Armenia & Artsakh
  • Support of SIATA Stroke Centers in Armenia, ongoing
  • Internal medicine capacity building program for Armenia and Artsakh, pilot program
  • Inaugural Healthcare Innovation & Research Symposium, October 2023, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Donation of subscriptions for Dynamed and UpToDate to the Republican Scientific and Medical Library, Armenia, 2021-2023
  • Women and Healthcare Seminar, May 2022, Virtual
  • COVID training lectures for healthcare providers, United States and Armenia, 2020-2021

Public Health & Community Healthcare in New England

Humanities and Medicine, ongoing

  • Art and Medicine, 2012 – Armenian Museum of America, Yousef Karsh exhibit
  • Art and Medicine, June 2018 – Workshop, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Music and Medicine, June 2021 – Virtual program,  “The Healing Power of Music.”
  • Literature and Medicine, April 2023, in collaboration with the National Association of Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), Featured Speaker, Peter Balakian

Community Programs

  • Annual Blood Drive, ongoing
  • Networking socials for Boston-area membership, ongoing quarterly
  • Public webinars on trending healthcare topics, including COVID-19, ongoing
  • Healthcare Fair, May 2022 – in partnership with the City of Watertown and Mt. Auburn Hospital
  • Health benefits of Meditation and Labyrinth walking, in collaboration with the Armenian Heritage Park, March 2021

Completed Projects in Armenia and Artsakh

  • Established working relationships with the Ministry of Health and the office of the Minister of Health, Republic of Armenia
  • Part-time representative in-country to support our projects in Armenia
  • COVID supplies to four major hospitals in Yerevan (masks & cannulas of various types)
  • High-volume oxygen concentrators to nursing homes in Gyumri and Vardenis
  • 40-foot container of medical supplies and equipment for two hospitals
  • Support for Armenian soldiers and families via durable equipment to several hospitals (x-rays, c-arms, anesthesia machines, orthopedic devices, braces)
  • Major supporter of the new oxygen generator at Alikhanyan National Laboratory “So that the people of Armenia will never again be short of oxygen”
  • Key organizer of rehab conference / training workshops; Telemedicine sessions between the US / Armenia
  • In-home “Shoonch” oxygen concentrators program for homebound elderly (20 units) – in collaboration with the Association of Healthcare and Assistance to Older People (AHAOP)
  • Medical missions by AAMA members / Individual traveler program
  • Subscriptions to DynaMed and UpToDate for the Republican Scientific and Medical Library, NIH, and two other hospitals
  • Medical supply delivery in collaboration with Partners for World Health, 2021
  • Establishment of a hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chamber treatment program at Mikaelyan Institute of Surgery  in Yerevan, ongoing
  • Durable medical equipment donations to various hospitals in Armenia, 2020-21
  • Various COVID donation programs and shipments of supplies, 2020-21
  • Built relationships with the Ministry of Health and local NGOs
  • Wide range of durable medical devices

Representative Ongoing and Future Work

Establishment of the AAMA Healthcare Advancement Grant Program 

  • 2022 Recipients:  
    • Tufenkian Foundation “Artsakh Combat Casualty Care” to provide training in Artsakh for triage and emergency care for combat injuries in order to minimize trauma and reduce casualties  
    • Viva Charity Foundation “Prenatal Screening” to provide prenatal genetic screening for mothers of all ages residing in the Shirak Marz  
    • Program expanded for 2023 to include a total of four grants
  • CME programs including work with  ICPD 
  • Opportunities for US-based Armenian healthcare students to undertake training in the Marzes (Lori), supported by and in collaboration with Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) medical facilities 
  • Annual scholarships for New England-based healthcare students (medicine, nursing, physician assistant, etc.)
  • Inaugural Healthcare Innovation and Research Symposium, October 2023, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Collaboration with HENAR healthcare NGO in Armenia
    • Mobile primary care unit in Kapan
    • Capacity building for public servants in 
    • healthcare: leadership development 
    • programs for Armenia & Artsakh MOH
    • Family Med Residency Training
  • Collaboration with  Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR)
    • Cardiovascular disease education and pilot program in improving hypertension control in the primary care setting in rural Armenia, including risk assessment, management of hypertension and hyperlipidemia and patient engagement.
  • Collaboration with American University of Armenia (AUA)
    • Mentorship component of the EIH program
    • Each month several AAMA primary care physicians meet with physicians from rural Armenia via zoom, review challenging cases, and alternate  with didactic sessions based on previous discussions and need