Month: December 2012

How will you spend your money this holiday? Your gift may be worth a life!

AMPHS Community Health Screening

AMPHS Community Health Screening

The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a nonprofit organization founded on the principle that healthcare is not a privilege, but a human right made freely available to anyone who needs it. AMPHS is dedicated to bringing healthcare access and resources to underprivileged community members across the nation, beginning with New York City. As the year comes to a close, AMPHS is striving  to keep its programs running and we are in great need for the financial support to help the thousands of community members who do not have access to healthcare.

This holiday season, please consider making a donation to AMPHS to ensure that we are able to do even greater things with our vision for increasing healthcare access and for continuing our programs and services, which have impacted the lives of nearly 1000 people. Consider the words of our President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, as he speaks about the significant impact of year-end funding for the organization: “As a fairly new organization with such potential, we are in great need of your donation to help us reach our humble fundraising goal of just $2,500…We are having difficulties maintaining our monthly expenses to keep our community facilities open for our screenings and for community members to use as a safe haven for seeking healthcare…We already have our volunteers standing by and ready to help–we just need your contribution to make it happen.” 

An Earnest Request from President & CEO Hewett Chiu

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President and CEO, Hewett Chiu

November 2012

Dear Family and Friends of AMPHS,

Heading into 2012, we at AMPHS told ourselves that this is going to be a game-changing year.  In many respects, we were right, and in many respects, we were not.

This year, we saw a absolute unimaginable growth in all aspects of AMPHS.  Just to highlight a few examples of our achievements:

  • We have developed full comprehensive family health screenings, with monthly disease-specific programming and testing
  • We have built a strong team of clinical volunteers including physicians, nurses, medical students, and general volunteers
  • We have a dedicated Language Support Services team and a Health Education team to provide culturally-senstive support and long-term health coaching to immigrant families, increasing patient compliance and health literacy
  • We have started on-the-spot enrollment for health insurance and prescription assistance programs with partnering organizations, helping underprivileged families break the barrier to healthcare access immediately
  • We have been recognized by major council members, assembly people, community boards, large local hospitals, and several other government offices for our work in the community
  • We have developed specific community prevention and disease management programs for Cardiovascular Disease and  Alzheimer’s Disease
  • We have built a Community Research & Resource Center in our Brooklyn Community Center where families are free to come in and access health resources, personalized disease and condition specific information, and perform medical research in a variety of languages
  • And of course, in terms of numbers, we have served 948 community members to date (almost reaching 1,000!!), with 423 free comprehensive health screenings completed

However, what hasn’t changed is the continual need for long-term supporters like you.  This year, more than ever, we are relying on your generous and unwavering support to keep our programs running.  As a fairly new organization with such potential, we are in great need of your donation to help us reach our humble fundraising goal of just $2,500.  How will your contribution help?

We are having difficulties maintaining our monthly expenses to keep our community facilities open for our screenings and for community members to use as a safe haven for seeking healthcare.  All our funds are diverted to meeting our monthly expenses while there are still so many community members relying on our current and new programs as their sole source of healthcare.  Your contribution, no matter how small or big, no matter a dollar or a hundred dollars, will help us mobilize our full community health programs – screenings, health coaching, health education and research – to the many other communities who need it more than ever, especially after recent disasters.  We too, have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Our major funding sources have retracted a large portion of our revenues for the rest of this year to divert to hurricane relief efforts, and we are trying so hard to patch up this funding gap of just $2,000.

I have seen and spoken to so many families in the past weeks who so desperately need assistance at this very moment, only to realize that we may not be able to help them.  We already have our volunteers standing by and ready to help – we just need your contribution to make it happen.  Please consider being one of our first supporters, and know that you made an immediate difference in the life of a neighbor today.  I personally thank you for your dedication and support in this great time of need.

I wish you and your family a warm and safe holiday season.

Hewett Chiu

President & CEO

P.S. To save time and resources donate online today @ http://bit.ly/amphsholiday!

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AMPHS brings free health screenings to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Above Assemblyman Feliz W. Ortiz (Center) AMPHS Stuff (Left/Right)

Assemblyman Feliz W. Ortiz (Center) AMPHS Staff (Left/Right)

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, NY, participated in the Health, Resource & Job Fair, hosted and organized by NYS Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz on Saturday, November 10th in Red Hook, Brooklyn to provide free health screenings to all community members, but especially to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz leads a distinguished career in public service, public health and safety issues.   He is a nationally and internationally recognized leader, who has fought for legislation supporting children, families, and immigrants. As leader of Assembly District 51 and Chair of the Mental Health Committee, he has organized the fair in the effort to advance health awareness among underprivileged Latino communities in Red Hook and assist with Post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The event was attended by many important institutions and non-profits such as Rite Aid, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York City’s YMCA, NYS Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, The Brooklyn Free Clinic, The Fresh Air Fund, New York Labor Department, New York City College of Technology, New York City Family Justice Center, American Diabetes Association, HealthFirst, Fire Department City of New York, TheraCare, MTA NYC Transit, among others. Each attending organization distributed informational resources and giveaways according to their missions and attendees’ needs. All participating institutions and organizations, including AMPHS, distributed informational resources on education, healthcare, employment, and security. Nonperishable food and blankets were distributed as well. The participation and commitment of the many organizations and volunteers were extremely important for the Red Hook community, bringing hope and healing to the post-disaster victims there.

AMPHS clinical volunteers performed free health screenings such as blood pressure measurements, heart rate assessments, and memory and cognition screenings. AMPHS distributed literature and healthcare insurance options and gave relevant information to community members affected by Hurricane Sandy. Health information distributed ranged from resources on high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes to diet and heart disease.

AMPHS’ participation in the health event has made a significant impact on the Red Hook community. “We are so grateful to all of the organizations/agencies and the individual representatives for taking time out of your busy schedules to table at this event. Your support and the services that you provided are immeasurable,” commented Sara Jacobs, Community Liaison at the Office of Assembly Member Felix W. Ortiz.

“AMPHS is making a difference in the lives of these people, many who were hurricane victims and had a great need for our services,” said Mon Yuck, Chief of Staff at AMPHS. “This is a very tough time for residents in the area and they are the ones who need our services most.”

AMPHS will continue offering free comprehensive health screenings to all community members who need it. AMPHS welcomes everyone who wants to attend to its in-house health screenings, which are offered in its office in Sunset Park once a month. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential.

New Volunteers Join the AMPHS team!

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services is truly happy to announce that the following volunteers have recently joined our team.

Alice Bonner has joined AMPHS as a Clinical Volunteer to offer accessible healthcare to those who need it the most. Alice is an RN currently enrolled in a master’s of nursing program at Columbia University to become a Nurse Practitioner. She was born in Alabama and has been living in New York City for the past 7 years.

Jaime Alvarez has joined AMPHS as a Spanish Interpreter. He is an engineer and architect with a green building background. Jaime is originally from Dallas, Texas and is fluent in Spanish. His commitment to help Latino Communities brought him to our team!

Welcome aboard, Alice and Jaime. We are excited about their commitment to the community and their desire to give of their time and talents to AMPHS’ mission.

‘Tis the season to be a ‘good shopper’ while supporting the AMPHS mission

November 28, 2012

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By Adriana Cardenas

Looking for great holiday shopping deals online post-Cyber Monday? Then look no further. Goodshop offers fabulous discounts and coupons at your favorite national retailers, ranging from clothing, electronics, houseware, and any other store you can possibly think of. There are so many participating stores to choose from, and all offer wonderful bargains. You can shop and save money, all while donating to your favorite charity with no extra cost added to your purchases!

This holiday season, we are asking all of our supporters to help AMPHS in its fundraising efforts through GoodShop online (www.goodshop.com). Our supporters can also donate to us through GoodSearch and GoodDine. GoodSearch (www.goodsearch.com), is a search engine tool, like Google and Yahoo, and every time you do a search, a small donation will be given to AMPHS. GoodDine (www.gooddining.com) offers discounts and coupons at your favorite participating restaurants! Search the list of participating restaurants on gooddine.com. Anyone can support AMPHS’ mission through GoodShop and GoodDine!  With each purchase made, a percentage of that purchase will be donated to AMPHS without any added costs

Shop on Goodshop and save at stores such as Walgreens, North Face, Dell, Columbia Sport Wear, Macy’s, and countless others!

AMPHS is an incredible charity to support. We make every effort to support the local communities in Brooklyn and New York City with providing free or low cost preventative healthcare services and resources to people without healthcare insurance.  100 percent of all of our donations directly support our programs and services.  We want to continue to grow our mission and broaden the scope of our programs in other areas around New York City.

GoodShop, GoodDine, and GoodSearch give anyone an easy and simple way to be charitable without spending extra money. Everyone who makes purchases on GoodShop or GoodDine is making a big difference. You can also track how much you have donated AMPHS by registering for an account on the GoodSearch site. AMPHS has raised $200 in the past year with Goodshop and Goodsearch.

Check out goodsearch.com and designate AMPHS as your charity.  Also, check out http://www.goodsearch.com/holiday-featured-merchants-category/coupons for amazing deals, savings and coupons!  Remember, it doesn’t cost a penny to donate, and anyone can sign up!  Coupons and savings can only be applied to online purchases.

Happy holiday shopping!