Month: May 2012

AMPHS National Brings Health Screenings to Faith Baptist Cathedral on May 27th

May 28, 2012

 (Above: AMPHS Clinical Volunteer Team)

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) attended its first health fair hosted by Faith Baptist Cathedral yesterday, Sunday, May 27th in Hempstead, Long Island, where members of the church’s congregation picked up free health resources information, healthy snack giveaways, dental kits, and signed up for various health screenings conducted by AMPHS clinical volunteers.

At the fair, AMPHS clinical volunteers conducted blood pressure screenings, height and weight measurements, visual/oculomotor screenings, and memory screenings.  Also represented at the fair were representatives from Interfaith Medical Center who conducted HIV screenings, Educational Alliance who distributed information on seeking help for alcohol and substance abuse, nurses from Nassau Community Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering, and United Family Dental, a dental office located just next door to the Cathedral.

Health information ranged from cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure to diet, eating healthy, and various women’s reproductive issues.

Over 20 church congregants and community members were screened.

“In an economy where worrying about job layoffs are common and healthcare is a secondary concern, I’m happy there’s a place of refuge that can fill the gaps in my general healthcare.  Having high blood pressure and being able to obtain a free reading was such a blessing,” commented a Faith Baptist Church congregant.

“Those who completed their screenings left with smiles on their faces having

been informed and even relieved about their health” said Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales, AMPHS.  I was speaking with a church congregant who completed all of the screenings, and he commented that the health screening fair for the congregation was an excellent idea, and that it was important for people to know their health status even between regular doctor visits, health check-ups and physicals.  He seemed quite impressed and happy about the professional interactions, treatment and knowledge of the clinical volunteers.”

Mrs. Adriene Clark, VP, Community Engagement and member of Faith Baptist said, “I am honored to have been a part of the efforts AMPHS put forth at the Faith Baptist’s Health Screening.  I was greeted by members of the church congregation who praised our volunteers for their mannerism, professionalism, and ability to respond to their questions and concerns.  I would like to personally thank each member of our staff for a job well done.”

According to the results of the satisfaction surveys, church congregants and community members rated the services, knowledge and attentiveness of staff very good to excellent, and some even commented that the volunteers were very caring, nice, courteous; they felt warm and welcomed; they were able to get a lot of helpful information for themselves and their families; and they want AMPHS services to be available to them more often.  Those of whom who were screened commented that they are likely to attend another health screening conducted by AMPHS and invite/refer their friends and family.

Reverend Joe Brown, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church weighed in, “Free healthcare services in the community are truly making a difference in the lives of many less fortunate and financially struggling members of the community who are faced with decisions of obtaining healthcare versus feeding their families.  Volunteers such as those I’ve witnessed at the health fair who are passionate, committed and dedicated are so hard to come by.  It is one thing for people to give money, but to give selflessly of their time, talents, and gifts truly speaks volumes.”

Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS said “I would like to personally thank Reverend Brown and Faith Baptist Cathedral for their monetary generosity and inviting us to be a part of the wonderful event.”

AMPHS received over $200 in donations from the church congregation.  All proceeds will be used toward the Community Health Project and organizing more health screenings.

Based on the results of the Faith Baptist Health Screening survey, would you be interested in having AMPHS conduct a free health screening in your neighborhood/community, at your school, organization or place of worship?

AMPHS invites you to attend their next health screening on Saturday, June 23rd held:

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

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 free 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

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A Successful Week for AMPHS Medical Bootcamp Summer Session I

May 26, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) Medical Bootcamp Summer Session I came to a successful close on Saturday, May 26th.

After a long and intense week of challenging medical school courses, bootcamp students took what Medical Bootcamp is being dubbed as “the Medical School Experience” back to their college campuses and their futures as medical doctors.  One student noted that although she took one of the bootcamp courses before in her school, that the course instructor made it “thought-provoking and interesting.”

Medical Bootcamp’s students comprised of a diverse group that represented various areas from the East Coast  in their 3rd or 4th year undergraduate studies who traveled to AMPHS headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn to take the week-long Medical Bootcamp course curriculum and experience the New York City life.  The students are enrolled in pre-health sciences or pre-med programs at institutions such as State University of New York at StonyBrook and Johns Hopkins University.

The week for Medical Bootcamp students was a rigorous one.  The program started on Sunday, May 20th, and the curriculum resembled that of medical school.  Each day consisted of at 2-4 medical school-level courses with each course ranging between 2-5 hours.  The program curriculum included courses such as Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Ethics of Medical Practice, Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, Principles of Design, Analysis & Evaluation in Medical Research, Histology, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology & EKG, and Clinical Skills.  Each course was taught by trained instructors and experienced professionals in each of those respective areas.

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Get FREE Health Screenings in Sunset Park this Summer

May 22, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) invites you to get free health screenings this summer at their free health fair called “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

AMPHS will be collaborating with several organizations including Project Renewal, a mammography screening service that serves women of all economic backgrounds with little or no access to breast health services and healthcare insurance.  Interfaith Medical Center and representatives from Pulse Fitness Club will be in attendance at the fair.

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.

Trained AMPHS clinical volunteers will also conduct FREE:

  • Body Mass Index Assessment Screenings
  • Visual Acuity, Pupillary Reflex, and Oculomotor Function Testing
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Heart rate, respiration rate assessment
  • Oxygen saturation assessment
  • Memory and cognition screenings
  • Nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations
  • Resources and network referrals to free community clinics for follow-up.
Interfaith Medical Center will provide free HIV oral swab testing and Educational Alliance will provide free educational resources on alcohol and substance abuse.

The screenings will be held at: The First Brethren Church – 352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11220

Time: 9AM – 2PM

Trains:  to 59th street in Brooklyn

Admission is free.  All screenings are free 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.

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