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 in communication with each other for encouragement and camaraderie.
Thus Muslim Women Physician Of North Texas was formed. It was a loose group that helped the community by holding health fairs and career development events at different mosques in greater Dallas area.
It was formally structured as American Muslim Women Physicians Association (AMWPA) as a non-profit 501(c)-3 corporation in 2008.
Some of AMWPA’s recent activities are as follows:
- Health fairs at Islamic Association of North Texas(IANT) in Richardson, Texas were held in 2008, 2009, 2010. Each time people were screened for lipids, glucose and osteoporosis. Screening for depression was also provided. Approximately 150 -200 people were served each time. Dental Hygiene advice was also provided by Medical students of Baylor College of Dentistry at Dallas. Vision screening was provided to 75 people.
- Health fairs at Islamic Center of Irving (ICI) in Irving, Texas were held in April 2009 and December 2009 in collaboration with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth‘s faith-based outreach program. Approximately 130 were screened for lipids and glucose and about 50 were screened for osteoporosis. Vision screenings and eye exams on about 50 people were performed in collaborations with the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Texas(UT) Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas. Dental advice was provided by local Dentists. Flu shots were given to 100 people. Blood pressure screening for about 150 people was done by the students at UT Southwestern Medical School.
- Health fair at Dar El-Eman Islamic Center Arlington, Texas:About 100 people were screened for lipids and glucose. Around 30 were screened for osteoporosis and vision. Flu shots were given to 100 people.
- Health fair was held at Islamic Association of Collin County in Plano, Texas in 2008 where hypertension checks and lectures on depression and management of diabetes and blood pressure were provided.
- Preventive Healthcare Lectures:Lectures by women doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and physical therapists on different topics like stroke, diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, nutrition, stress management, depression, breast cancer, exercise and women’s health were given at Islamic Center of Irving (Irving, Texas) and Dar El Eman Islamic Center (Arlington, Texas) once a month since 2008.