CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–Annual meeting of the Cambridge-Yerevan Twin Cities Association (CYSCA) will take place on ZOOM on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with guest speaker Dr Lorky Libaridian of the Cambridge Health Alliance speaking about COVID-19 in sister cities of Cambridge and Yerevan. The annual business meeting will start at 8:00 p.m. for CYSCA members and others who wish to become CYSCA members.
Please register for the virtual meeting by June 9 to receive a link to the ZOOM meeting. To register and for more information, send an email [email protected]
A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Lorky Libaridian completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester, New York. She is the Medical Director for Performance Improvement in Primary Care at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr Libaridian completed an Innovation Fellowship supported by the Gold Foundation. His work and research interests include improving chronic disease management, pediatric care and immunization. She is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr Libaridian’s experience in health care in Armenia spans decades and has focused on the education and training of family medicine residents as well as practicing primary care physicians using medical devices. participatory group and problem-based methods. Over the past year, she has trained healthcare workers on how to fight COVID-19 and worked on public health and mental health initiatives in Armenia.
The mission of CYSCA is to foster friendship, mutual trust and dynamic interaction between the peoples of Cambridge and Yerevan as well as their neighboring regions; to create links between them; promote public awareness of issues of common interest; and appreciate and accommodate the various manifestations of diversity in these communities.
Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association, Inc. (CYSCA) was conceived by a group of concerned citizens from Cambridge, MA, who believed they could help promote world peace by organizing a grassroots movement through a partnership with a city of a Soviet republic. In May 1986, former mayor and city councilor Frank Duehay led a mission of 11 citizens from Cambridge to Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, to present a formal proposal to the mayor of Yerevan expressing the city’s desire of Cambridge to become a sister city with Yerevan. After an exchange of official delegations and the signing of protocols, a formal agreement was signed between the two sister cities in 1987, during an official visit of a delegation from Yerevan to Cambridge. Shortly thereafter, CYSCA joined Sister Cities International (SCI), an umbrella organization that supports more than 1,000 US sister cities and their overseas partners. Through its association with SCI, CYSCA has obtained financial support for several of its important projects.
CYSCA’s many projects have included Community Connections (a USAID-run professional exchange program through which CYSCA has participated 19 times over 12 years in fields as diverse as social work, academic administration, tourism, business, environment, public health, aviation and theater management as well as numerous student exchange programs); support to many schools in Armenia since 1994 through the Eva and Jack Medzorian Armenia School Support Project (formerly the Armenia School Support Project); welcome five delegations, over the past eight years, of emerging young leaders in various fields through the Congress-sponsored Open World program to expose Armenian participants to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise; and frequent participation in the Cambridge Science Festival.
Membership in CYSCA is open to those who support the goals of the Association and pay an annual membership fee ($ 25 individual, $ 50 family and $ 10 student). The 2021-2022 membership year started on April 1, 2021. Please send a check to “CYSCA” to the CYSCA Treasurer, PO Box 382591, Cambridge, MA 02238.