April 23, 2012
The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is partnering with Project Renewal to conduct mammography screenings for eligible women during its “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. Among other partnerships built for conducting specific medical screenings, this is AMPHS’ first partnership with a mammography screening service. Mrs. Adriene Clark, V.P., Community Engagement, AMPHS says, that “we [AMPHS] are moving forward as a health organization in building relationships with community non-profits and organizations dedicated to providing needed healthcare services. We are working hard to continuously identify the changing healthcare needs of the community and filling in those needs with organizations that share our same mission.”
Project Renewal, a non-profit organization located in lower Manhattan, provides comprehensive healthcare, addiction and mental health treatment, employment services, and housing to help homeless men and women rebuild their lives. As part of their healthcare/medical services, Project Renewal offers the ScanVan which is the nation’s first mobile radiology clinic to provide both mammograms and chest x-rays to the community. The ScanVan serves women of all economic backgrounds with little or no access to breast health services and healthcare insurance.
Ms. Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations, AMPHS, says “AMPHS’ mission is to provide our local community members with healthcare services not within their economic reach. Project Renewal’s Scan Van mammography services was such a wonderful fit for furthering our mission and for providing this much needed service to the community. We will continue to educate the community on the importance of cancer screening and when and how to get screened.”
According to the 2006 Community Profile Report on Sunset Park, women age 40 and above in Sunset Park are less likely to get mammograms for breast cancer, and the rate of mammogram screening falls below the targeted percentage of adults that should get screened.
On Saturday, June 23rd from 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Project Renewal in partnership with AMPHS will be providing free, 30-minute, non-invasive mammogram screenings for women 40 years of age and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 2 years. All screenings are scheduled by appointment by calling (800) 564-6868 and are strictly confidential. AMPHS invites all interested women from the NYC metropolitan area and who fit this criteria to participate.
AMPHS will also provide the following screenings on June 23rd. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential:
- Body Mass Index Assessment
- Visual Acuity, Pupillary Reflex, and Oculomotor Function Testing
- Blood pressure measurement
- Heart rate, respiration rate assessement
- Oxygen saturation assessment
- Memory and cognition screenings
- HIV screenings (provided by Interfaith Medical Center)
- Nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations
- Resources and network referrals to free community clinics for follow-up
The screenings will be held at: The First Brethren Church – 352 60th Street (near 2nd Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11220
Please see flyer below:
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 Project Renewal: Project Renewal’s mission empowers homeless men and women suffering from addiction and/or mental illness to move permanently from the streets or shelters to health, homes, and jobs. Our comprehensive and innovative approach combines healthcare, addiction and mental health treatment, employment services, and housing to help our clients rebuild their lives.
For more information about Project Renewal, please visit: http://www.projectrenewal.org/
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Second Addition 2006. Take Care Sunset Park. http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/data/2006chp-205.pdf