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.