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September 27, 2010

Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP

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Commissioner Alaigh Presented Council of Medical Affairs "Charaka Award" by the Association of Indians in America


Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, was presented the prestigious “Charaka Award” by the Association of Indians in America’s (AIA) Council of Medical Affairs at the Association’s annual Medical Council Honor Banquet on September 25, 2010.


“Commissioner Alaigh is not only an exceptional physician and role model for the Indian community in New Jersey; she is committed to improving the lives and health of every resident in our State,” said Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey.  “I congratulate Commissioner Alaigh for this honor and commend her for her ongoing service to the State of New Jersey.”


“The Charaka award acknowledges the best and brightest minds the field of health care has to offer,” said Animesh Goenka, National President of the AIA.  “Commissioner Alaigh is an inspiration to the Indian community and has truly raised the bar of health care in New Jersey - no one is more deserving of this honor.” 


The Charaka Award is presented to physicians in the Indian American community for their ability to excel in their respective fields, uplift communities, and improve overall quality of life.


The Charaka Award was presented to Commissioner Alaigh for her ongoing commitment to improving health care for the uninsured and underinsured, for her efforts to reduce health disparities in minority communities and for furthering health information technology efforts in New Jersey.


AIA is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America and was founded in 1967.  AIA is the grassroots national organization of Asian Immigrants in the United States, fostered on the democratic principles of “one member on vote,” with chapters and membership spread across the United States of America.  IAIA represents the hopes and aspirations of those immigrants who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage.


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