IAMA – AAPI Holds Highly Successful Free Health Fair In Chicago

Continuing with the tradition of offering free medical services to the local population, Indian American Medical Association, Illinois in collaboration with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) organized its annual Community Health Fair in Chicago on Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Over a hundred registrants availed the free medical services rendered by nearly two dozen physicians from various specialists at the day-long event. “We offered vital signs measurement, Blood tests for total cholesterol, HDL, Sugar and Noninvasive Hemoglobin and consultation with primary care and various available specialists including internist, pediatrician, pulmonologist and critical care, urologist, obstetrician and gynecologist, anesthesiologist and pathologist,” Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of IAMA and a past President of AAPI said. “Having more specialists could have benefited several patients as there was a need for many more medical and surgical specialists like general surgeon, gastroenterologist, ophthalmologists,” he added.

The hugely successful IAMA – AAPI Free health fair offered discounted coupons just for $30 to have the CT coronary calcium screening done at Imaging Center. Also, the participants at the Health Fair were provided with the free lab services through the IAMA offices.  Among the many services offered to the registrants, the Fair stressed on the importance of Cardiac Health Awareness in view of so many sudden deaths and acute MI among people of Indian heritage at a younger age.

“Once again, these AAPI members have showed their dedication by conducting the free Community Health Fair, so well organized IAMA,” Dr. Meher Medavaram, Secretary of AAPI, while praising the efforts of IAMA members in reaching out to the local community, said. Describing them to “role models in selfless service for the younger AAPI generation,” Dr. Medavaram wished “them continued success.”

The Fair was organized by Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of IAMI, Dr. Meher Medavaram and Dr. Radhika Chimata, Treasurer and Secretary of IAMA, and the entire executive Committee members, including Dr. Piyush Vyas, Dr. Dilip Shah, Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Sukanya Reddy, Dr. Srilatha Gundala, Dr. Neetha Dhananjaya, Dr. Pooja Kinkhabwala. Dr. Reddy expressed his “deep appreciation and gratitude to all, particularly to the senior members of IAM, Dr. Amit Vyas, Dr. Geeta Wadhwani and several others who actively provided their services. Thank you Christy Dolan for your moral support.”

Radhika Chimata, Secretary of IAMA expressed gratitude to those who partnered with IAMA-AAPI in this noble effort included: Vinoz Chanamolu from Mall of India, Mamtani Foundation, Global Eye and American Telugu Association. “I want to thank Rep. Deanne Mazzochi who joined the event as the “Guest of Honor/ and lauded the efforts of IAMA-AAPI. Special thanks and appreciation to the more than 50 high school volunteers led by Shree Gurusamy and Alli Dhanaraj who enjoyed the educational experience,” she said.

“AAPI and IAMA are built on Core Value of Service.” And he commended “All the Doctors, Volunteers and the Executive Committee for continuing this tradition of service by bringing health care to needy and poor and the homeless patients of Chicago,” Dr. Reddy said. “I feel so satisfied we could bring basic healthcare to the homeless and poor people at the health fair. It was an amazing priceless experience to serve these many real needy people in a short period of time with limited resources and manpower.”

(IAMA-IL) is a non-profit organization comprised of Illinois physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students of Indian origin who are committed to professional excellence and quality patient care. The Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation Free Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that was established in 1994. The free clinic serves low-income populations, who are uninsured and under-served that have no affordable or culturally competent medical facility for their healthcare needs. Patients services are provided without regard to nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or race.For more details, please visit: https://iamaill.org.

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