July 31, 2012
The staff at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) completed its first health screening among several slated this summer at the New York City Housing Authority Centers in Brooklyn. On this past Saturday, July 28, they visited the Senior Center at Stuyvesant Gardens located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
AMPHS took their stethoscopes, screening surveys and equipment to serve the elderly community of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The clinical staff saw a total of 26 seniors ranging in age from sixty (60) to ninety (90), and performed blood pressure, vision acuity, memory screenings, and HIV swab screenings. Many of the seniors who participated resided in the complex, others were referred by friends and family, and others learned of the screening while attending a barbeque function at the facility.
Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales, AMPHS helped
welcome the seniors and helped them complete their surveys. “The seniors were very open and receptive to participating in the screening,” she said. “For the most part, they knew exactly what they wanted to be screened for” she continues.
A range of issues came up with the seniors such as Stage 2 hypertension and risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. The clinical team was prepared and was able to provide advice and resources. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, and a clinical staff member commented, “We were able to catch two community members with very high blood pressure who we were able to alert, give resources and advice to.” Mon Yuck Yu, a clinical staff member, shared the same sentiments,
“I was amazed to hear from a number of the seniors that even though they have personal doctors, their physicians only gave them very limited options and advice. It was extremely gratifying to be able to speak with seniors and provide the proper advice to help them lead healthier lives.”
Chiu also spoke about an experience the team had with a difficult case,
“We also had a particular senior who could not speak, eat, swallow, or sleep at night, and we were able to connect him to centers nearby who can help treat his condition – and for that, he was so extremely grateful that we made a difference in his life for him to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.”
After their screenings, all of the seniors had great things to say about their experiences with the staff. All thought that their screeners treated them with respect, care, and helped them answer their questions and concerns. Many indicated that they would return for another screening if one were offered, and refer their friends and family. “Everyone had a great time and left with smiles on their faces.” Latesha Richards said.
Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS and a clinical staff member made sentiments of how proud and fulfilled he was serving the healthcare needs of seniors:
“It was another fulfilling experience, where we were able to screen the elderly for cardiovascular risk factors and risk of dementia. Many of the elderly were very grateful we came out and took our time to listen, care, and help them as best we could.”
Mon Yuck Yu, also commented on her experience,
“Participating in the event really made me feel like I was helping the seniors obtain a very important and personalized service – something that is often lacking when we look at today’s healthcare system. It was extemely touching to listen to the stories that the seniors had to say; it is evident that they have gone through so much in their lives, and that they deserve a greater level of care. That is something we strive for at AMPHS.”
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.
The AMPHS Team with Renee Carr
AMPHS Team with Mr. John Liu, NYC Comptroller