Month: March 2012

AMPHS Forms Partnership with Brooklyn Knows

Date: February 14, 2012

On February 13, 2012, the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) formed a partnership with Brooklyn Knows, a large public health initiative to help all Brooklyn residents learn their HIV status and take full advantage of the City’s care and prevention services.  

The New York City Health Department is working with community organizations, clinics, hospitals, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations and businesses to make HIV testing available to everyone in Brooklyn.  New York State law requires providers to offer an HIV test during routine encounters with community members.  Some facilities have yet to adopt this practice.

The goals of this initiative are:

Goal 1: Provide a voluntary HIV test for every Brooklyn resident who has never been tested.
 In 2008, more than half a million Brooklyn residents aged 18-64 had never been tested for HIV.

Goal 2: Identify undiagnosed HIV-positive people in Brooklyn and link them to care.
 The CDC estimates that 21% of people infected with HIV do not know their status.

Early identification helps HIV-positive people stay healthy and HIV-negative people stay safe.

Goal 3: Make HIV testing a routine part of health care in Brooklyn.

As part of its Community Health Project, AMPHS offers confidential HIV testing at no charge, through its partner organization, Interfaith Medical Center, to community members who request it.  On every 3rd Saturday of the month, community members can drop by the AMPHS facility and make an appointment to get tested, as well as get screened for blood pressure, heart and respiration rate screening, memory screening, etc.  All screening services are open to the general public, free of charge and strictly confidential.

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

Community Health Screenings occur every third Saturday of the month at AMPHS, 5306 Third Avenue at 53rd Street, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220.  Health screenings are open to the public, free and strictly confidential.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

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AMPHS Clinical Volunteers Trained to Serve Our Communities

Date: March 21, 2012

Seeing our first community member coming up the steps, eyes open wide and expecting, we rush to help.  We know we can make a difference and we are eager to.  Hello sir, my name is Barbara and I am a volunteer here at AMPHS.  Now that is one statement we will never get tired of saying.”  – Ms. Barbara Olivier, Coordinator of Youth Programs and Clinical Volunteer, AMPHS

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has been committed to rigorously training their clinical volunteers to provide the highest standard of healthcare services to community members.  Through a combination of lecture sessions, recitation sessions, laboratory sessions, and clinical rotations, volunteers have been trained in matters relating to community members’ confidentiality such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, initial encounters, communication and referral, as well as areas in medicine such as general screening procedures, optometry, cardiology, respiratory, and memory and cognition.

AMPHS performs the majority of their health screenings, as part of the Community Health Project, in the Sunset Park neighborhood, a large immigrant community of Brooklyn.  AMPHS makes significant effort during its training program to expose and educate volunteers on regulatory requirements such as HIPAA to ensure every community member’s information is kept confidential, in fostering a diversified volunteer staff to meet the ethnicity demands of New York’s melting pot of community members, and train and provide understanding around the religiosity impact on healthcare decisions.

Mrs. Adriene Clark, Vice President of Community Engagement, AMPHS says,  “AMPHS ensures that these [above] important community concerns are upheld through continuous training efforts that are in place at the beginning as well as during each volunteer’s time spent working at AMPHS.”

She goes on to say, “AMPHS seeks to be all inclusive in its approach to ensuring that there exists qualified and competent volunteers to attend to those community members we serve by applying a multifaceted approach to the volunteers’ experience.”

The clinical training program, a mandatory program for all individuals interested in becoming an AMPHS clinical volunteer and taking part in the organization’s Community Health Project, requires volunteers to be dedicated and motivated to learn and study the subject matter, and are tested on the  information acquired in the program.  Volunteers must obtain 36 hours of clinical training and score a minimum of a B average in the program before being able to offer non-evasive heath screenings.

Mr. Jonathan Gettinger, Coordinator of Community Health Services, AMPHS and a clinical volunteer gave an account of his experience in the clinical training program, “The clinical training program, as taught by Hewett Chiu, has provided me with the essential skills necessary to help further AMPHS’ mission of providing free health services to the community, as well as all those who need it.  I now feel confident in my ability to provide the medical services that AMPHS regularly delivers.”

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

To get involved with AMPHS and become a clinical volunteer, please contact Mon Yuck Yu at: mon.yuck.yu@amphsonline.org.

About AMPHS Community Health Project:  The Community Health Project has been created to meet certain defined needs within several communities. The ultimate goal is to integrate the main core principles and concepts of education, research, and public service together to supplement the healthcare system in providing services to underprivileged populations.   At the end of the day, we are filling in the gaps of healthcare.

This project consists of 5 components:

– Free community health screenings:
– Health Access & Coverage Assistance Coverage Program
– Prescription Assistance Program
– Community Education Seminars
– Public Health Research

For more information about our Community Health Project, please visit us at: http://www.amphsonline.org/national/chp.htm

AMPHS Celebrates Its 2 Year Anniversary!

Date: March 25, 2012

(AMPHS Leadership Team; From left: Sandy Truong, V.P. Corporate Development, Sandra George, SVP, Operations & COO, Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, David Fitzgerald, SVP, Human Resources & CPO, and Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff)

On March 25, 2012, the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) celebrated the 2 year anniversary of its founding!  AMPHS was founded in March 2010 on the principle that healthcare should be a basic right to anyone who needs it. 

Since the organization’s inception, AMPHS National has accomplished a long litany of goals.  To date, AMPHS National has impacted over 600 community members with health education materials, screened over 200 community members during its health fairs and screenings, taught and trained more than 150 students in CPR and First Aid, and critical skills needed in the medical field during its medical bootcamp training courses, and other emergency preparedness programs.  AMPHS has also reached out to more than 30 donors and fundraisers.

In addition, AMPHS has expanded and continues to expand its the leadership team, management personnel, partners, associates and volunteer base with individuals who are passionate about social entrepreneurship, health and medicine, and making a real difference within their local communities.  AMPHS National is composed of a diverse, talented array of staff members who specialize in various fields of practice, from clinical medicine to research to project management and integration.

Since its founding, AMPHS has also reached several significant milestones, including:

  • the building of a team of over 20 volunteers;
  • holding over 15 comprehensive health screening events for more than 200 community members in Sunset Park, Brooklyn;
  • participating in three business plan competitions and winning over $20,000 in seed grants;
  • teaching over 15 life support classes in collaboration with medical specialists and professionals;
  • forming sixteen community partnerships with community organizations;
  • becoming nominated as finalist for the prestigious StayClassy New Nonprofit Philanthropy Award and for Ashoka Foundation’s Click 4 Change Challenge, Recipient of the Nissenson Family Foundation Grant (2010),  Grant Finalists of Catherine B. Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (2011) and winning the LEARN for Life Consulting Charity of the Month Award (2012)
  • networking and increasing our presence in the community among 89 religious organizations, as well as the National Action Network and Council Member offices.
  • publishing a bimonthly online medical humanities journal, the AMPHS National Pulse;
  • opening a Community Research & Resource Center to provide community members and AMPHS volunteers with a vast database of medical resources for research and self-help; and
  • becoming one of the first non-profits across the nation to adopt an Electronic Medical Record system, streamlining the productivity and efficiency of business operations, patient care efforts, and clinical programs.

    Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS

AMPHS’ President & CEO, Hewett Chiu reflects on the success of the organization in the past 2 years, “The core of AMPHS’ success is rooted in each and every individual’s commitment to the AMPHS pillars: Passion, Innovation, Leadership, Loyalty, Accountability, Respect, and Service.  This is what defines AMPHS’ unique corporate culture.” 

Mr. Chiu continues to shed light on the organization’s vision and 5-year goals, “AMPHS strives to be a premiere interdisciplinary medical and public health organization, building faith and transparency within our communities.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.  We want to be recognized as a patient referral center for healthcare access by primary care physicians in the Sunset Park community by the end of 2012.  In 2015, we are looking to open another health and wellness center in NYC in addition to our current Brooklyn center and by 2017, we want to create a model healthcare system that can be implemented in any New York City community to meet the individual needs of that community.”

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

AMPHS Meets Fundraising Goal at Crepeaway

Date: March 25, 2012

On March 24th, AMPHS held a fundraising event at Crepeaway restaurant.  Crepeaway patrons including AMPHS staff attended the event to both celebrate AMPHS’ 2-year anniversary (on March 25, 2012) and to raise funds for the organization’s Community Health Project.  Crepeaway is a small french eatery located at the border of the Noho/West Village neighborhoods in Manhattan, across the street from New York University and Washington Square Park.  The restaurant specializes in serving crepes which are a very thin pancakes made from flour, milk, eggs, and butter, that are fun to eat, perfect for a light brunch or dinner, and can satisfy a savory or sweet taste bud.  As patrons enjoyed delicious savory crepes, such as “Mikey”, “South Beach” and “Big Papa”, and went back to order sweet crepes for dessert, AMPHS raised 30% of profits made on crepe purchases for their Community Health Project.

Sandy Truong, VP, Corporate Development, Head of Fundraising says “We are very happy to have accomplished our fundraising goal.  As a former NYU student, I always enjoyed hanging out at Crepeaway and thought this would be a great place to hold a fundraising event and an anniversary celebration for my AMPHS colleagues.  The event was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

About AMPHS Community Health Project:  The Community Health Project has been created to meet certain defined needs within several communities. The ultimate goal is to integrate the main core principles and concepts of education, research, and public service together to supplement the healthcare system in providing services to underprivileged populations.   At the end of the day, we are filling in the gaps of healthcare.

This project consists of 5 components:

– Free community health screenings:
– Health Access & Coverage Assistance Coverage Program
– Prescription Assistance Program
– Community Education Seminars
– Public Health Research

For more information about our Community Health Project, please visit us at: http://www.amphsonline.org/national/chp.htm

AMPHS Meets with National Action Network Leaders

March 22, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has been in preliminary talks with leaders from the Health & Wellness Committee of National Action Network (NAN).  These talks have been focusing on how the two organizations will partner together to further broaden the coverage of its healthcare services, and make an impact in the underprivileged communities of New York City that are in need of free and affordable healthcare access.

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation, with 44 chapters throughout the U.S. and headquarters in Harlem, New York City.

Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, AMPHS and David A. Miller, Coordinator of Government Affairs, AMPHS, have been in meetings with Ms. Dominique Sharpton, NAN’s Director of Membership and the daughter of President & Founder of NAN, Reverend Al Sharpton and with Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee.   Ms. Huling is assisted by Co-Chair Ms. Lisa Williams, RN, and other committee members.  NAN’s Health and Wellness Committee organizes annual events such as the Annual Health Fair in August, mammogram screenings, flu shots, free dental van for children, and mental health seminars.

Mrs. George states, “We [AMPHS] are very excited about an opportunity to partner with National Action Network’s Health and Wellness Committee.  There are many opportunities available working with the Committee on health initiatives that will have a great impact on our local community at large.  They are also very excited and eager to work with us, and involving us jointly with their annual health events.  We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with NAN to further the organization’s mission and goals of making healthcare a right, not a privilege and making it available to all who need it.”

There is a need for healthcare services within New York City.  According to 2009 data released by the United Hospital Fund, approximately 16% of all New York City residents (including the 5 boroughs) who are considered non-elderly are uninsured.   Among the highest among the five boroughs were Queens with nearly 19% of non-elderly population is uninsured and the Bronx with 18%.  Manhattan comes in at nearly 13%.

Representatives from AMPHS will be attending and participating in NAN’s 14th Annual Convention held on April 11 – 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.  The conference will address issues in healthcare and other political and social issues affecting Americans today.

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

References:

  1. The United Hospital Fund. 2011.  Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009.  http://www.uhfnyc.org/assets/936.

AMPHS Selected as “Charity of the Month”

March 23, 2012

On March 21, the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) was pleased to announce that they have been selected as Charity of the Month by LEARN for Life Consulting, LLC.  AMPHS was recognized as an organization committed to the health and well-being of others, dedicated to human rights and a belief in the possibilities for all individuals.  Heather Butts, Founder, LEARN For Life Consulting said “AMPHS is to be commended for the outstanding work that they do nationally and throughout the world.”

As the chosen charity for March 2012, AMPHS will work closely with LEARN for Life Consulting throughout the year to amplify the reach of AMPHS services, awareness of AMPHS community events, among other professional and business development initiatives.  AMPHS recognizes LEARN for Life Consulting as an organization dedicated to raising awareness and education around health and wellness, exercise, life-skills, healthy living, community service and a spirit of overall life improvement.

When asked about what being Charity of the Month means for AMPHS’ corporate development, Sandy Truong, Vice President, Corporate Development, AMPHS said “We are truly honored and excited to be chosen as Charity of the Month.  This means alot to us in terms of providing some strategic direction, but more so what this means for the community.  We look forward to partnering with LEARN for Life Consulting to help ramp up our efforts to ensure that everyone who needs access to free and affordable healthcare can get it.”

Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff, AMPHS weighed in: “We are ecstatic about being chosen as Charity of the Month.  We’re excited about working with LEARN for Life Consulting and tapping into their knowledge and network base of physicians and other supporters that can help provide us with the tools our staff and volunteers need to succeed and be all we can be for our community.”

AMPHS will receive an award at LEARN for Life’s networking event on April 16th at Harlem Tavern, NYC and have been featured on their radio program on Sunday, March 25th.

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

About Learn for Life Consulting, LLC:  Learn for Life Consulting is an organization that partners with individuals and organizations that provide education in a holistic manner that incorporates exercise, life-skills, healthy living, community service and a spirit of overall life improvement.   Heather Butts is Founder of LEARN for Life Consulting.  For more information, please visit: www.learnforlifeconsulting.com.