AAMS Rural Clinics in Armenia Serve Refugee Population

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In addition to his commitment to a family-centered medical practice, Aramais Paronyan, MD, is firmly dedicated to communal uplift. Having practiced in California for more than two decades while maintaining a keen interest in Armenia, his country of birth, Dr. Aramais Paronyan is a board member of the Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS).

The AAMS is an organization whose mission is to promote quality health services, education, and professional growth in the United States and Armenia. The organization does this through comprehensive medical programs including the Armenian Rural Clinics. These clinics were established in three Armenian villages: the first bordering Karabagh and Aregouni in 2005, the second in Pokr Marik in 2006, and the third in Tsapatagh in 2007. The clinics have been in operation ever since and have served the large refugee population by providing quality and timely healthcare.

Each clinic has a full-time nurse on duty to provide care to patients. A physician visits the clinics at least once every week and the Aregouni clinic offers dental healthcare. The AAMS has begun construction of a fourth clinic in Voskevan, a remote northeastern village that has been in dire need of a facility for 15 years.

Roots of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

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Dr. Aramais Paronyan is a respected Los Angeles physician who led the family practice Good Health Medical Center and served the health-care needs of Armenian immigrants. Having grown up in Georgia and Armenia, Aramais Paronyan, MD, is active with organizations such as the World Armenian Congress. He earned Diocesan Grand Benefactor status in contributing to the construction of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America’s main cathedral.

The diocese has its roots in Fresno, California, where there was a growing Armenian population in the early 20th century. Established in 1900, the first Holy Trinity parish church burned down 13 years later and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1927, the Western Diocese was declared a separate entity from the New York-headquartered American Diocese, and to this day there are Western and Eastern branches of the Armenian Church in the United States.

In the 1930s, the St. Paul Armenian Church of Fresno was established, and this longstanding institution was consecrated in 1979 with its current edifice. The Diocesan Headquarters were ultimately created in Burbank, reflecting a shift in demographics to the Los Angeles area. In the early 2000s, under the leadership of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Western Diocese expanded its efforts to welcome and support immigrants from Armenia, as well as from the former Soviet republics and a number of Middle Eastern countries.

Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

A retired family medicine physician in California, Aramais Paronyan, MD, currently focuses on a variety of philanthropic and community development activities. Dr. Aramais Paronyan also enjoys and supports fine art, including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Among its many programs and services, MOCA offers Art Talks and Lectures, and the Sunday Studio for Los Angeles residents. On Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights, MOCA usually hosts engaging presentations and informal art talks that allow audiences to join the dialogue and gain exposure to multidisciplinary perspectives on MOCA exhibitions. The lectures feature a wide range of individuals from the art community, such as curators, artists, scholars, and historians.

At MOCA’s Sunday Studio, families and community members of all ages can enjoy a participatory art experience where they use provided materials to craft a variety of art pieces. The quarterly event, supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, is free to the public.