Month: June 2012

With YouthBridge Grant, AMPHS’ Community Research & Resource Center Gets Fresh, New Look

June 27, 2012

What’s new at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services’ (AMPHS) headquarters?  AMPHS’ Community Research & Resource Center got a make-over!  Community members can stop by for a comfortable and private study on any medical condition known to man.

Using funds from their YouthBridge Grant reward received earlier this month, AMPHS re-modeled the resource center into a homely library room furnished with bookshelves, an office desk and chairs, desk lamps, and dark window curtains for private for in-depth reading.  Re-located to room 201, the center is now larger, more spacious, and includes a printing station to print out referrals or online resources for community members.  There are plans to install a computer terminal for community members to check their health status and re-cataloging the room to make it more user friendly for them.

The Community Research & Resource Center is sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Policy & Management, which aims to provide community members access to resources that will assist them in making informed decisions about their general health and wellbeing.  Through group seminars, one-on-one consultations, and independent research, the Center provides the tools necessary for community members to better understand their bodies, medical conditions, health concerns, and issues related to public health.

Information community members can find in the Resource Center include an extensive collection of reference materials and resources outlining specific diseases, conditions, and health-related topics, comprehensive FDA information sheets, database for community members to take home, NIH News In Health subscription for public use to outline breakthrough research and treatment options.

As part of the Center’s mission, AMPHS also gives public presentations and seminars on health access and coverage and prescription access.

One can find the Community Resource Center at AMPHS’ headquarters located in Room 201 AMPHS NYC 5306 Third Avenue, 2nd Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11220.

  

Let us know what you think about our re-modeled Resource Center. Send your comments!

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AMPHS Health Fair – Saving Grace for Sunset Park Community

June 26, 2012

Brooklyn, NY – Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) in partnership with Pastor Jonathan Bream hosted its first health fair called “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day Fair at First Church of the Brethren in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, this past Saturday, June 23rd.

The AMPHS clinical staff provided free preventative health screenings such as: body mass index assessments (height and weight), visual acuity, pupillary reflex, and oculomotor function testing, blood pressure measurement, heart rate and respiration rate assessment, oxygen saturation assessment, memory and cognition screenings, nutrition and lifestyle consultations, and healthcare referrals.  Brochures, information and other materials were also available in Spanish and the AMPHS team was also staffed with Spanish speakers who assisted with taking medical history and translating between the community member and clinical volunteer.

The officiating Pastor of the church, Jonathan Bream, who by his own admission, prayed about offering a health fair for his church congregants and the Sunset Park community commented, “It was an honor and a blessing for the Brooklyn First Church of the Brethren to open its doors and heart to AMPHS and the community for this very important and vital health screening. The members of First Church who participated in the health screening have expressed their heartfelt thanks for this service and asked when we will be doing it again.  The health screening and mammography van have been an answer to prayer for those with limited access to preventative health care.  Thank you so very much and may all God’s children continue to be blessed through your caring.”

The Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, characterized by largely Hispanic/Latino and Asian immigrants, has the highest percentage of residents who reported that they do not have healthcare insurance or a personal primary care physician, and the second highest that can not afford to pay for their prescriptions, according to SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Community Health Report 2007 (1) and Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Progress Report 2008 (2).  The majority of community members perceived their health as fair or poor according to the same report.  24% of Sunset Park residents live in poverty, including 34% of children and 33% of senior citizens (2).  Many residents have a fair or no command of English, and almost half of the population have not received a high school diploma (1).  Hispanics overall continue to be highly underserved in the healthcare arena.

AMPHS screened a total of 28 Sunset Park community members, many of whom were Hispanic, unemployed and not having access to healthcare or healthcare insurance. “To be a part of the free health screening was truly special and reinforced the need for AMPHS to continue its mission to serve the underprivileged community,” said Mrs. Adriene Clark, V.P., Community Engagement, AMPHS.

Many community members were made aware of the event that day and came in to have their mammograms done and other screenings taken.  Ms. Mon Yuck Yu, an AMPHS clinical staff  member, recalled a community member saying, “I just passed by, worrying about what to do about my health status, myself being uninsured–and I came upon your screening!  This is truly God’s blessing.”

Among the vendors who participated were New York City based organizations such as Educational Alliance, Sunset Park Fitness Center who distributed free passes, Children’s Defense Fund, NYC’s Big Apple Rx who canvassed the neighborhood with discount prescription cards, and Project Renewal, who conducted free mammogram screenings.  Nurses from National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton’s civil rights organization, lended their helping hands in screening community members.

Products from the Vitamin Shoppe, the official in-kind event sponsor, such as immune balance lozenges and vitamin C chewy snacks, were made freely available to community members.  Healthy choices of snacks and fruit smoothies were also available for purchase.

Ms. Yu commented on her personal experience as a clinical staff member, “The screening was extremely successful. The sheer number of people without health insurance was staggering–almost all of the community members who I assisted indicated that they were without jobs and without access to healthcare, further emphasizing the importance of the work that we do. Many people try to keep healthy, but don’t have the guidance in doing so — one of the ladies I saw, for example, tries to keep a record of her weight each week to make sure that she is on top of her health. She emphasized the need to ‘know her numbers after the screening and to keep track of those numbers on a frequent basis. Yet, in that process, she still did not understand how to keep those numbers in check, how to maintain that balance, and what additional resources were available for her.  AMPHS answered those questions for her.”

Mr. Hewett Chiu, President and CEO, AMPHS, and a clinical team member also commented, “The entire day was fulfilling – on both a clinical level and a public service level.  We saw several community members who haven’t seen a physician in years, decades even.  We were able to provide immediate assistance to those who we found health concerns for – and we even potentially saved the life of a community member who was in a hypertensive crisis.  Perhaps the most moving part of the day was when we saw an immigrant community member with no insurance who was concerned about his memory.  He was young, didn’t speak any English, and consistently found himself getting lost walking around his own neighborhood.  He had an abnormal memory screening result, and we were able to sit down and guide him through follow-up care for him to lower his risk for developing dementia.”

There’s no question that healthcare insurance, resources for doctor visitations and crucial healthcare screenings are desperately needed in Sunset Park.  AMPHS is prepared to expand their service offerings, partner with area hospitals, and host many of these health fairs and community events to assist with these challenges.  The larger challenge and opportunity is marketing and promotion.

Ms. Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales said, “Sunset Park represents a large opportunity for us.  Hispanics generally are not informed about the healthcare options available to them.  Since many of them do not have healthcare insurance, and can not afford medical care, they are less likely to comfortably interact with the healthcare system.  There are also language barriers involved as well and our outreach must speak the same language.  Building a large team of Spanish speakers and a spanish infrastructure is crucial in communicating to this market.”

On the health screening feedback survey, community members indicated that AMPHS clinical volunteers behaved professionally towards them, spent sufficient time with them, and answered all of their questions and concerns.  All community members indicated that they would participate in a future screening, and refer their friends or relatives to participate, if another fair were offered.

“Saturday’s health event was an magnificent showing of the hands on approach and commitment that AMPHS has for promoting the health and well being of all community members,” said Sandra George, S.V.P, and Chief Operating Officer, Operations, AMPHS.  “AMPHS staff,  interns and volunteers from multiple organizations came together to support this amazing effort to embrace the underserved of our 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 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.

References:

  1. SUNY Downstate Medical Center Community Health Report (2007).  Available at: http://www.downstate.edu/bhr/reports/Community-Health-Report.pdf
  2. Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Progress Report 2008.  Available at: http://www.cflsp.org/pdfs/CFL_ProgressReport08_Final.pdf

Photos from “Know Your Health Status Awareness Day” Health Fair – June 23, 2012

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Join AMPHS in Congratulating President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, for his 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year Nomination

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, was recently nominated for recognition as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year.

Join AMPHS in congratulating him for his nomination.  Send Hewett your congratulatory note below!

AMPHS President & CEO Nominated as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year

June 21, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), announced that their President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, was nominated for recognition as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year, and is one of the five (5) finalists.

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN-NYC) supports the professional development of the next generation of nonprofit leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, and networking.

“Hewett founded the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services as a college freshman to fill in the gaps of healthcare. He wanted to increase healthcare access to underprivileged community members, making healthcare not a privilege, but a basic human right. In just two years and devoting a minimum of 20 hours per week to the cause, he grew the organization to become a recognized leader in health access as a community referral center. Hewett built a strong team of over 40 volunteers, completed over 215 free comprehensive community health screenings for cardiovascular risk factors, developed and implemented a sustainable community health model, and opened a community patient library for health education and research,” said one of his supporters.

All five finalists will be honored and the 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year will be announced at YNPN-NYC’s upcoming anniversary event on June 28th.

AMPHS congratulates President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, for receiving this prestigious nomination.

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.

AMPHS Launches myamphs Community Membership Program

June 18, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) announced this week that they will be launching their new branded community health program called “myamphs Community Membership Program” at the Know Your Health Status Awareness Day Health Fair in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

myamphs Community Membership Program is part of a larger campaign the organization launched called “myamphs” that brings together all of AMPHS’ diverse programs and volunteer, donor, community member, professional member, and community and government leader stakeholders into one unified body.  The myamphs brand signifies a common experience that is personal to each and every contributor and participant of the AMPHS vision and mission.

So what does “myamphs”mean for community members? The newly branded “myamphs program” will have the greatest benefit overall for community members who do not have healthcare insurance and/or do not have access to medical services.

Any community member can continue to receive personalized and customized basic health care services under Academy of Medical and Public Health Services new branded community health program called the myamphs Community Membership Program.  Under the myamphs Community membership program, each individual community member will still receive their basic biometric healthcare screenings, nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations, in-depth individual evaluations, health access and coverage assistance (HACAP), prescription assistance, resources and referrals, and follow-up consultations, but now will be able to refer to the program by its new, more personalized name.

myamphs Community Membership program’s goal is to provide individuals and families living without access to healthcare and healthcare insurance with much needed healthcare services, resources, tools and incentives to empower and motivate them to care for and better maintain their and their family’s health and wellness.  The program seeks to retain all community members that have initially gone through healthcare screenings so they can receive better assistance with managing their health.

With the myamphs mywellness+ card, community members with or without healthcare insurance who want to participate in the program will have the opportunity to receive personalized follow-up consultations at AMPHS, take advantage of discounts at select merchants and other free or low cost incentives.

myamphs’ HACAP will also include an open access component whereby undocumented immigrants in New York City will be eligible to receive healthcare services.  This component of the program will be launching this summer.

So where ever you see the myamphs Community Membership logo, know that taking better care of your health and wellness is within your reach, no matter what your financial and economic circumstances are.

Detailed information about the program will be available at AMPHS “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day Health Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and on the AMPHS National Website: amphsonline.org/national (on a near future date), at which time any community member can sign up to be a program member.  Ask any AMPHS staff member about the myamphs Community Membership Program for more information.  To date, the myamphs Community Membership program is only available to individuals who reside in select areas of Brooklyn and Queens.

The fair will be held at:

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue), Sunset Park neighborhood

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Transportation: N or R train to 59th Street, Brooklyn

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.

Children’s Defense Fund, National Action Network, and Raising Women’s Voices to Participate in AMPHS’ June 23rd Health Fair

June 12, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a non-profit healthcare organization, is pleased to announce that Children’s Defense Fund, National Action Network, and Raising Women’s Voices will be participating in its “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Health Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit organization in lower Manhattan that serves children and youth from impoverished families in the areas of justice, healthcare and education, will be providing needy families in Sunset Park with valuable information and resources to healthcare and healthcare insurance for their children.

Raising Women’s Voices is a national initiative working to ensure women’s voices are heard and their concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action.

Registered nurses from National Action Network”s Health and Wellness Committee, led by Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson, will also be in attendance to lend a helping hand to AMPHS in anticipation of the large turnout expected at the event.  Ms. Lisa Williams, RN will be one of the nurses present at the event.

“We expect this to be a wonderful event full of health screenings, health and wellness consultations, access to public healthcare resources, information, healthcare policy, fun and giveaways for the community of Sunset Park,” says Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS.  “There is something from which every community member can benefit at this health fair, whether it be for themselves, their friends, relatives or children” he continues.

The event will be held on:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11220

9:00 – 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.

Vitamin Shoppe to Sponsor AMPHS’ “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Health Fair

June 5, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a non-profit healthcare organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn is pleased to announce that Vitamin Shoppe has agreed to be an official sponsor of our “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day Health Screening on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

“We are so elated that Vitamin Shoppe has agreed to sponsor our event.  Their mission is to help people maintain health, wellness, and nutrition, which are  values our organization shares as well,” says Sandy Troung, Vice President, Corporate Development, AMPHS.  “This health fair is about spreading awareness of personal responsibility and empowerment for taking care of one’s health, and to have the support of a well-known vitamin and supplement company like Vitamin Shoppe in this mission is truly a blessing.”

Vitamin Shoppe has generously agreed to donate a variety of health and wellness products to the health fair.

At the health fair, we will provide a variety of free healthcare screenings to the local community of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Trained clinical volunteers will perform healthcare screenings, which include blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), heart and respiration rate, memory and cognition screenings, and other free biometric screenings.  We’re collaborating with Project Renewal who will conduct free mammogram screenings onsite, and Interfaith Medical Center who will conduct HIV screenings.  We welcome people of all ages, genders, races and cultural backgrounds to participate in this event.  All health screenings are non-invasive and strictly confidential.

The event will be held:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11220

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.

AMPHS Selected as 2012 YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant Recipient

May 31, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, announced yesterday that they have been selected as the 2012 Bridging the Gap Grant Recipient from YouthBridge-NY, a non-profit organization in New York City.

“The committee was deeply impressed by the work [AMPHS is] doing to create positive change for youth in NYC.  [AMPHS’] work is important and inspiring”  said the YouthBridge-NY Youth Committee.

AMPHS has been awarded USD$650 from YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Fund to help fund the Community Health Project’s free health screenings and consultations.

YouthBridge-NY is a non-profit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.  YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap supports other organizations in three (3) areas including efforts made toward promoting and fostering individual and community health.

Ms. Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff, AMPHS, commented “We were attracted to Youthbridge because their focus was a great match for our organization’s mission.  As an organization run by young entrepreneurs, I believe that AMPHS exemplifies their mission to support young leaders in creating social change.  We will really be able to make great use of the fund to build our resource library and enhance the services that we provide during our health screening events.  I am extremely honored and excited to have been chosen for this award, and believe that this is the first of many grant awards we’ll be receiving.”

AMPHS has been invited to receive their award at YouthBridge-NY’s A Night of Celebration at the offices of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, June 6th.

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

About YouthBridge-NY:  YouthBridge-NY is a non-profit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.  YouthBridge-NY is devoted to improving the atmosphere of respect and diversity in our city and the schools and community organizations in which our youth leaders live and learn.  YouthBridge-NY youth leaders are proactively involved in the leadership and diversity landscape of our city and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.

For more information about YouthBridge-NY, please visit: www.youthbridgeny.org