WAPPNA Projects

WAPPNA Projects

Mental Wellbeing is our theme for this year.

We are very fortunate to have as our speakers and mentors Dr. Farha Abbasi, who is a Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. She has done extensive work around the world and has a passion for the South Asian community and how mental health is affecting this community in particular.

We are also very grateful to Dr Mohammed Zeeshan who practises Child Psychiatry and has been an adviser to WAPPNA on such issues.

Dr. Farha Abbasi, Md

  • Dr. Farha Abbasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and core faculty member of the Muslim Studies Program. She is from Pakistan and settled in the United States in the year 2000 with her three daughters. In January of 2009, Dr. Abbasi received the American Psychiatric association SAMSHA Minority fellowship. She used the grant money to create awareness about cultural competency, to redefine it as not just tolerance but acceptance.
  • Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She works directly with Muslim American community to encourage integration rather than isolation from mainstream society. In addition to her efforts to build bridges between the two cultures, Dr. Abbasi work as a psychiatrist has led her to address the barriers that stigmatize and silence mental health.
  • She is the founding director of the Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. In 2018 the tenth conference was held at the United State Institute Of Peace in Washington, DC. In addition, she launched a Global Muslim Mental Health Conference in Malaysia and Jordan. She is also the managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health and Director of the Muslim Mental Health Consortium, Michigan State University.
  • Dr. Abbasi has received numerous awards for her service to the community and promoting mental health. Dr. Abbasi was an Honoree, National Alliance of Mentally Ill, and American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Promoting Minority Mental Health and Globie award winner, Office of International Students Services, Community Service Award by All Pakistanis Physician of North America and Community Service Award by Pakistan Women Association of Michigan.
  • She has served on many boards and committees including Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities American Psychiatric Association. She currently chairs the Mental Health Task Force for the Mayor of Lansing, Michigan.
  • She works relentlessly and tirelessly towards one goal: Learning to coexist and go beyond our differences to reach the common point of peace and prosperity.

Muhammad Zeeshan, MD

  • Clinical Assistant professor psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard Medical School-Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Board Certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry
  • Infant-Parent Mental Health fellowship at Umass, Boston.
  • Current Zero to Three Fellow
  • Received >10 regional, national, and international awards for academic excellence, teaching, leadership from American Psychiatry Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, and Nishtar Alumni of North America.
  • Presented many workshop and posters at regional and national conferences, and published articles and co-authored a book chapter in field of psychiatry

Actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, pediatricians, psychologists, school staff in US and in Pakistan

Both these speakers will be speaking at our annual summer meeting in New Jersey in July this year to coincide with the APPNA meeting. We are also looking at ways to expand our outreach of mental health to underserved communities and it is a work in progress. Presently we are holding regular webinars on psych issues and DR Abbasi has been our speaker and various topics have been discussed. This will continue for the rest of the year.

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  • Flood relief involving rebuilding homes of people of KPK in Pakistan. We were able to house them back in their previously destroyed homes due to the floods.
  • Clean water supply provided to a community in Sindh in collaboration with a local non profit.
  • Asian Human Rights Commission report made by Wappna was published highlighting the atrocities on women and children against the war on terror. This was presented to the State Dept.
  • Financial support provided to a school in the village of Kasran near Rawalpindi to teach computer science to the local students. Laptops were donated and running expenditure was provided as long as we had it under our care.
  • Scholarships given to deserving, under privileged students in Pakistan.
  • Amnesty International and Human Watch participation organized by Amnesty International on Internal Womens Day in Washington DC.
  • Wappna organized the first Youth Conference in New York in 2010 under the banner of Appna.
  • Participated in the US State Dept discussion to facilitate US- Pak relations.
  • Sponsored the Julian Center, a shelter for abused women and children of South Asian descent.
  • Annual Wappna meetings have invited prominent Pakistani American professionals and Pakistani diplomats to be keynote speakers.
  • Wappna sponsored the housing project in Detroit Michigan for Pakistani women physicians coming to the US to take their exams and apply for residency positions. Wappna bought a van to facilitate transportation of these women physicians.
  • The Razia Zohra Memorial Institute was founded in Jhang to train local women to learn sewing and develop skills to adopt a trade so they could be financially self sufficient.
  • Wappna physicians joined the Appna team to provide medical aid and distribute free medical supplies, food and clothing to the Rohingya refugees stranded in Bangladesh in 2017.
  • It is worth noting that Wappna has 0% overhead as we do our charitable projects at our own cost and sometimes will use our family members who are just as vested as we are in these projects.

Houses were rebuilt with the help of WAPPNA after they were destroyed in the floods in KPK Pakistan.

Separate water wells built by WAPPNA for human and animal consumption.

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