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.
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