Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering scientific development and education in the field of medicine and to delivering better health care, irrespective of race, color, creed, or gender. APPNA saves lives and relieves suffering through its participation in medical relief and other charitable activities both at home and abroad. Established in 1976, APPNA is one of the largest ethnic medical societies in North America representing more than 12,000 physicians and health care professionals of Pakistani descent serving across the United States and Canada
The APPNA Arizona Chapter was founded in 2002 and has been active in local and international charitable efforts since its inception. After the devastating earthquake in Kashmir in 2005, this Chapter collected over $140,000 through fundraising efforts. The proceeds were donated towards funding a school in the village of Kathai in Kashmir. Locally the Chapter has committed its support to the Cultural Cup Food Bank Clinic. This free medical clinic provides care to indigent and uninsured patients in the local community. We hold regular chapter meetings with CME activity for physicians and invited speakers at each event. In the past we have had speakers from the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA), Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA), Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and Arizona State University (ASU).