Month: November 2012

AMPHS Hosted “Health Reform & You” Tabling Event at Sunset Park BPL

By: Adriana Cardenas

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, NY, hosted a successful tabling event in partnership with Sunset Park Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on October 13 & 19 called “Health Reform & You.”

AMPHS reviewed the basis of health reform for community members, and the alternatives that exist for those who are not covered by the Affordable Care Act, such as undocumented immigrants. Event materials were presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese both days, which allowed an active participation by the community.

AMPHS distributed literature and healthcare insurance options and gave relevant information to community members about all the services offered by AMPHS.

“Health Reform & You” was part of the myAMPHS Open Access Program, which aims to break down the lack of access to care for undocumented immigrants, striving to provide affordable health for all people as a basic human right.

“AMPHS believes every person should have the opportunity to get access to all preventative care services,” said Mon Yuck, Chief of Staff at AMPHS.

Undocumented immigrants may be eligible to receive Permanent Residence Under Color of law (PRUCOL) Status, New York State Medicaid for Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) / Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation (COBRA) Act, NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) assistance, Pre-natal Care Assistance Program & Family Planning Extension Program, and free and low cost clinics. AMPHS will provide  public community workshops, seminars, individual consultations, prescription assistance, regular health screenings, and wellness check-up for all Open Access members.

AMPHS is expecting to hold future events to provide health services to those who my need it. If you’d like more information, please call (212) 256-9036 or email at national@amphsonline.org.

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AMPHS Partners with Vision USA to Offer Free Ophthalmology Check-ups

November 5, 2012

By Adriana Cardenas

Image Source: Eye Doctor Guide

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has partnered with Vision USA to help  eligible individuals apply for ophthamology check-ups at no cost to Brooklyn residents. AMPHS is the only organization authorized to offer Vision USA services in Brooklyn.

During our in-house screenings, clinical volunteers will continue to offer the routine Snellen eye checks but if they find that the community member needs prescription glasses, they will assist them in applying for VisionUSA service and professional follow-up.  To apply for these free ophthamology services, a community member must work with a charitable organization (such as AMPHS), a social worker, case worker, or a community health agency to submit an application.

Vision USA was created in 1991 by The Optometry Cares and the American Optometric Association (AOA) Foundation to provide basic eye examinations to low income Americans across the U.S. Vision USA is currently available in 40 states.

“We are delighted to partner with Vision USA,” Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS, said. “Their commitment to provide free eye examinations to people in need was a perfect fit for our community members in Sunset Park.” 

All community members who need vision examinations and cannot afford health insurance are very welcome to apply through AMPHS at anytime. AMPHS also provides health screenings once a month which include: body mass index assessment, blood pressure measurement, heart and respiration rate, oxygen saturation, memory and HIV screenings, nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential.

We are continuously working hard to identify the healthcare needs of this community,” Chiu said. “This is one of many services that we’re adding to our growing list of preventative healthcare offerings.”

About AMPHS

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.

About Vision USA

Vision USA is a program created by The Optometry Cares and the AOA Foundation.  This foundation was incorporated as a non-profit and strives to expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. Vision USA was created in 1991 to provide basic eye examinations to low income Americans across the U.S, and is currently available in 40 states.

Enroll in health insurance at AMPHS’ Health Screening on Nov 17th

November 5, 2012

For those of you who wish to sign up for healthcare insurance or have family, friends, and neighbors who need insurance, you can enroll in affordable healthcare insurance at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS’) healthcare screening on Saturday, November 17th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM!  A facilitated enroller will be present to hand out information, answer your questions, and enroll you, your loved ones, and neighbors in affordable public healthcare plans.

Enrollment will be done by appointment only!  Please call to make an appointment:

English & Spanish speakers, call (646) 543-8830

Chinese speakers, call (646) 543-3018

Image Source: Pathology Project Files

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, AMPHS will be screening for risk factors for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. You don’t have to be 65 years of age or older to get screened!  Risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, Type-2 diabetes, genetics, and other risk factors may contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease or early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Because early-onset Alzheimer’s can happen before 65 years of age, we encourage community members as young as 21 years of age to screened, especially if the disease runs in the family.

Alzheimer’s Disease Screening and Public Health Insurance Enrollment

Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00PM – 5:00PM

5306 Third Avenue at 53rd Street, 2nd floor,

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Screenings offered:

  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Body Mass Index Assessment (Height and Weight)
  • Dietary Consultation
  • Heart & Respiration Rate Screening
  • HIV Screening (Oral—Offered by Interfaith Medical Center)
  • Memory Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • Prescription Assistance (Offered by Big Apple Rx)
  • Public Health Insurance Enrollment *Appointment Necessary*

For health insurance enrollment, please call:

English & Spanish speakers, call (646) 543-8830

Chinese speakers, call (646) 543-3018

NO Insurance or ID Required!  Anyone of any age can get screened!  All screenings and consultations are free, strictly confidential and performed with your consent.