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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

Hewett Smiling

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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