Date: April 14, 2012
National Action Network Conference – April 13, 2012
In this photo (from left): Sandra George, SVP, Operations, Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing & Sales, Kenny Chao, Community Engagement Associate / Clinical Team Member, David Fitzgerald, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff, David Miller, Government Affairs Coordinator
On Friday, April 13th, the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) attended National Action Network’s 14th Annual Convention in Washington D.C. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, members of the senior management team of AMPHS represented healthcare services sector at the conference along with a large display of health awareness and disease prevention brochures, pamphlets, and information about AMPHS and its services. AMPHS’ clinical team also brought along their stethoscopes to take blood pressures of attendees at the conference, and a mannikin from which CPR would be demonstrated. Clinical team member Kenny Chao commented “I enjoyed being able to utilize my clinical skills at the conference. This is what AMPHS is all about – taking our mission beyond our walls.” In addition AMPHS prepared a series of mini health forums to focus on selected areas of healthcare with high incidence of need in minority communities for presentation at the AMPHS table.
The conference addressed not only political and social issues affecting the nation today, but emerging issues in healthcare and healthcare policy, i.e. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, as well, for which AMPHS’ presence was relevant. Among other organizations represented at the conference were Planned Parenthood.
In February and March, the AMPHS Government Affairs team under the under the coordination of Mr David Miller, Director and Coordinator of Government Affairs, has been in preliminary talks with leaders from the Health & Wellness Committee of National Action Network that focused on how the two non-profit organizations will partner together to further broaden the coverage of its healthcare services within New York City and make an impact in the underprivileged communities that are in need of free and affordable healthcare access. Ms. Dominique Sharpton organized AMPHS’ initial introduction to Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson of the Health & Wellness Committee. Ms. Huling and her team have been inspirational, full of ideas for and have welcomed AMPHS from the very first meeting. Ms. Queenie Huling secured AMPHS invitation to the conference.
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.
“AMPHS’ representation at the National Action Network Conference was only the beginning of what would become a long and fruitful partnership”, according to Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, AMPHS. Sandra George, said “We are so honored to have represented New York City along with National Action Network at the D.C. conference. We wanted to make a presence and provide meaningful healthcare information to the community and provide an introduction of our organization and our healthcare services, and we were successful in doing that.”
Amidst the climate of controversy and debate about the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, AMPHS continues to believe in the reality that healthcare is a right, not a privilege and prides itself in making healthcare insurance and services available to all who need it. AMPHS organizes monthly healthcare screenings/fairs primarily in NYC, with a primary focus in Brooklyn, NY; that includes blood pressure checks, HIV, mammogram, and vision screenings to name a few, they provide access to educational resources, and enrollment in their Health Access/Coverage Assistance and Prescription Assistance programs. In Sunset Park where AMPHS is located and a largely immigrant community, more than 1 in 5 adults are uninsured, according to the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Community Health Profile 2006. According to 2009 data released by the United Hospital Fund, approximately 16% of all New York City residents (including all of the 5 boroughs) who are considered non-elderly are uninsured. Among the highest of the five boroughs were Queens with nearly 19% of non-elderly population are uninsured and the Bronx with 18%.
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
- 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
- The United Hospital Fund. 2011. Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009. http://www.uhfnyc.org/assets/936.
AMPHS with Mrs. Queenie Huling (in white), Chair of Health and Wellness Committee of National Action Network
Mrs. Queenie Huling and Mr. Garrett Smith, former Mayor of Rosell, NJ