On Saturday, December 15, 2012, the South Florida chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association held its first annual Women’s Wellness Health Fair in the Upper School library and 9000 building of American Heritage. Headed by Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla and South Florida AMWA’s executive board, it was started with the main purpose of disseminating valuable health information to community patients, but rapidly grew into an event studded with extensive networking, mentoring opportunities, and professional partnerships. With strategic planning and recruitment, the event was supported and attended by several hospitals, physicians, local businesses, law enforcement officials, medical students, community leaders, and patient attendees.
Complimentary comprehensive health screenings, preventive care information, health and wellness resources, and ongoing live lectures by local physicians and extensive networking and mentoring opportunities were offered at this highly successful event. South Florida AMWA continues to support outreach endeavors at both the local and national level. Many new members to both the local branch and at the national level were recruited during this event. South Florida AMWA’s health fair was the crowning event in a year filled with successful activities, which included their fitness sessions, self-defense and safety course, general meetings, CME lectures, and networking and mentoring socials. Though planning is ongoing for South Florida AMWA’s second annual health fair, sights are now set on National AMWA’s 98th Annual Meeting this March in New York. Marching forward with vim, vigor, and renewed energy for the new year, the South Florida branch leaders and members alike fully support National AMWA’s crowning yearly event. Please visit www.amwa- doc.org for more information on the American Medical Women’s Association.