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.

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