It is an honor and very humbling to serve as your President. Due to corona virus pandemic, we find ourselves in an unusually complex and difficult health care environment. This has not stopped AMWPA pursuing the mission of “Preventive Medicine”.
AMWPA has doubled its efforts to be available for the community.
Let me briefly touch on a few ongoing AMWPA efforts in 2020- 2021
- AMWPA has donated to North Texas and Tarrant County Food Banks to support the “Feed the Hungry Program" roughly $20,000 this Ramadan. Also donated and supported Asian Breast Outreach Program.
- Distributed surgical and N95 masks (50,000 masks approx) throughout the Dallas Fort worth metroplex.
- Launched AMWPA Youth Mask Drive by involving youth and AMWPA Mentorship Program.
- AMWPA issued 2 Newsletters this year describing all activities in detail and updating members.
- Appreciated Font line workers Health professionals by providing around 1,110 meals.
- 16 Virtual Education Lectures by our physician members. Virtual CPR classes given with great community attendance.
- Community is also educated about Covid-19 infection in different languages like Arabic, Bengali, Urdu and English.
- Total of 1540 Pfizer COVID -19 vaccines given in 2021.
- Launched its YOUTUBE channel amwpa.org , where you can find all the zoom educational lectures given by AMWPA health professionals and physicians.
- Provided 490 Free drive through Flu shots in collaboration with THR (Texas Health Resources). More Drive -through flu vaccines planned in 2021.
- 3 merit awards ($1000 each) given through TMA (Texas Medical Association).
12 merit awards given to Medical, Dental and Allied health students.
- Donated 5 stethoscopes to TCOM- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
AMWPA stays connected with our members with virtual quarterly meetings.
With your generous and enthusiastic help and participation, AMWPA will continue to grow and help the community in 2021 and beyond.
My sincere thanks to all the dedicated health professionals and volunteers, including students from UTD (University of Texas at Dallas), UNT (University of North Texas), TCOM (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) and UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as nurses from Texas Health Resources who make this possible.
We must function as a virtual TEAM to continue to help our community.
May God bless you and your families.
Dr. Seema Haq, MD
President Executive Committee
American Muslim Women Physicians Association
Who are we?
American Muslim Women Physicians Association (AMWPA) is an organization of Muslim women physicians, Dentists and medical students. Muslim women physicians of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) came together in 1999 and thought that there was a real need to help the community to empower women through improving their health, welfare and to bring Muslim women doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals in communication with each other for encouragement and camaraderie.
It was formally structured in 2008 as American Muslim Women Physicians Association (AMWPA) as a non–profit 501 (C) 3 professional and charitable organization.Read More
What is our goal?
The mission of the American Muslim Women Physicians association is to improve the condition of women’s health, provide a platform for Muslim women in medicine and raise the awareness of issues regarding community welfare.
AMWPA pursues this mission by:
- Providing health education of issues relating to women’s welfare and community health.
- Advancing Awareness of issues relating to women’s welfare and community health.
- Providing resources for the advancement of muslim women in practice of Medicine, Education and Leadership roles.
What we do?
- Professional Networking & MentoringAMWPA holds quarterly meetings where women in medicine come together to exchange clinical experiences, enhance professional contacts, build relationships and encourage each other in balancing family and career responsibilities. This forum also helps in developing next generation leaders. Motivation and leadership activities are undertaken and mentoring is provided to premedical, medical students and those is residency training.
- Health Fairs
Preventive Healthcare is our Passion and this is our motto and we pursue this by holding Health Fairs.
- Patients are screened for Lipids, Diabetes, vision and Osteoporosis.
- Patients are also screened for Depression.
- Dental screening is provided by Baylor College of dentistry and area Dentists.
- Flu shots are provided by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
- Bicycle Helmets are provided by Hard Hats for Little Heads a program from Texas Medical Association and Texas Family Physicians.
Health fairs are held at the following mosques.
- Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) Richardson, Texas.
- Dar EL-Eman Islamic Center Arlington, Texas.
- Islamic Center of Irving (ICI),Arlington, Texas
- Madinah Mosque of Carrollton, Texas.
- Islamic Association of Collin County ( IACC) Plano, Texas.
- Preventive Healthcare lectures
Lectures are given by women Doctors, Dentists, Nurse practitioners, Nutritionists, and Physical therapists on different topics like Strokes, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Nutrition, Stress Management, Depression, Breast Cancer, Exercise and Women’s Health at different area mosques.