Month: February 2013

New AMPHS Volunteer Announcement

February 4, 2013

We are pleased to announce the following volunteer(s) have joined Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS):

Richard Owusu Manu

Richard has joined AMPHS as Executive Management Associate. Richard will be working directly with the President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, and will be responsible for the implementation, development, and administration of the various programs at the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services. Richard will also be involved in drafting memos and administrative protocols, event coordination, and public outreach, among other administrative business responsibilities. Richard has an extensive background in the area of pharmacy and hospital administration and management. He brings experience handling patient records and administration at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital in New York City. Prior to that, Richard has over eight years of experience managing the administrative and operational side of a pharmacy in Ghana, his native country. He is currently pursuing a degree in Healthcare Administration at St. Joseph’s College in New York, NY, and very enthusiastic about contributing his experience and skills to help forward the mission of the organization.

Please join us in welcoming Richard to the AMPHS team!

– Academy of Medical and Public Health Services

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New Eyes for the Needy – Free Prescription Glasses

February 4, 2013

Eye glasses and Snellen chart

Back in November, we announced that we partnered with Vision USA to help eligible individuals apply for ophthamology check-ups at no cost to Brooklyn residents.

We are pleased to announce that, along with Vision USA, we have also partnered with New Eyes for the Needy to help low-income community members without health insurance obtain free professional eye examinations and free prescription glasses.

In collaboration with Vision USA and New Eyes for the Needy, our Vision Assistance Program makes receiving free eye healthcare possible for those in need. We are the only organization authorized to offer Vision USA services in Brooklyn.

How does this program work? During our monthly 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 forprofessional follow-up through Vision USA, where they can obtain a free basic eye exam and lenses prescription. Both programs require community members to fulfill certain qualifications, including income levels and health insurance status. Immigrants who are unable to participate in the Vision USA program may qualify alternatively for the New Eyes program, given that they obtain a prescription from a local optometrist, which often costs $20-$30. We have been able to help community members who are unemployed and uninsured obtain glasses for free or for a low price, when they were deterred from ophthalmologists that they had visited from obtaining glasses because of the cost.

To apply for these free ophthalmology 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.

Any one in need of free eye care services can visit our headquarters office in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and be screened. Right now, we are only taking applications during our monthly in-house screenings, and other special events, where indicated.

Our office is located at:

5306 Third Avenue (at 53rd Street)

2nd floor

Brooklyn, NY 11220

We encourage everyone to check our National Event Calendar for dates for our monthly in-house screenings and other special health events and screenings.

About New Eyes for the Needy

New Eyes for the Needy was established in 1932 and works globally to improve the vision of poor children and adults who do not have health care support. In doing so, they: 

  • Purchase new eyeglasses in the United States, and
  • Recycle donated glasses for distribution in developing nations worldwide

New Eyes works collaboratively with social service agencies, optical dispensers and vision missions, improving the lives of over 7,500,000 people in the US and 87 countries around the world since its founding. Social service agencies first screen the community member for income eligibility and assist them in filing out a form to send in to New Eyes along with a recent vision prescription. Should they be approved, New Eyes will send a voucher to the agency within 4 weeks, which the agency will remit to the community member.

Both programs require community members to fulfill certain qualifications, including income levels and health insurance status. Immigrants who are unable to participate in the Vision USA program may qualify alternatively for the New Eyes program, given that they obtain an prescription from a local optometrist, which often costs $20-$30. We have been able to help community members who are unemployed and uninsured obtain glasses for free or for a low price, when they were deterred from opthamologists that they had visited from obtaining glasses because of the cost.

About Vision USA

Vision USA was established in 1991 to provide basic eye examinations to Americans in need, and is currently available in 39 states and the District of Columbia. American Optometric Association (AOA) works primarily with member social agencies and optometrists to connect low-income community members with no health care access to the basic vision care they need. Social agencies will assess community members’ eligibility for the Vision USA program and thereafter, assist them in filing out the appropriate paperwork to apply for assistance. AOA will then make a referral for the community member to visit a local member optometrist, who donates their services at no cost.

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Spread a little love this Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Sale

Yes, love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is in 10 days.  Do you have that perfect gift or place to dine with your Valentine? If you’re still in search of that perfect gift or romantic place and on a budget, then look nowhere else but Goodshop and Gooddining!

Shop at Goodshop (www.goodshop.com) and find amazing gift ideas at bargain prices. Goodshop has amazing deals on all of your favorite department stores and retailers. There are many stores to choose from so finding a great gift for your sweetheart will be easy. Check out the deals available for Valentine’s Day: http://www.goodsearch.com/Valentines-Day-category/coupons

Gooddining (www.gooddining.com) allows you to earn money for your cause while eating out at your favorite restaurants.

How does Goodshop and Gooddining work? Just indicate Academy of Medical and Public Health Services as your charity, shop or find a participating restaurant, use your coupons, and pay with a credit card online or at the restaurant. It is that easy!

All of your donations will be used to support our mission of providing access to affordable healthcare insurance and services to those in need in the underprivileged community.

So, spread a little love to the needy and your community this Valentine’s Day. Your community will love you back. Start shopping today and support AMPHS’ mission!

Have a Happy & Healthy Valentine’s Day!

– Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

AMPHS Receives Its First Corporate Donation

February 1, 2013

As many of you know, over the 2012 holiday season, we (AMPHS) had a humble fundraising goal of $2500 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 to many people in need in our community. We are proud to announce that we received our first corporate donation from Chiu Consulting Group (CCG)!

CCG is a global strategic, marketing, and management consulting firm combining time-tested frameworks with implementing new customized systems and technology to drive sales, increase revenues and funding, carve niche markets, and expand customer base. CCG is focused on delivering innovative solutions built upon best practices in business to some of the most pressing concerns facing diverse organizations. CCG’s specialities include the Healthcare, Not-for-Profit, and Corporate sectors. Ingrained into the core of CCG’s foundation is a firm belief in philanthropy and as such, CCG frequently gives back to its communities through an active Social Responsibility Program.

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Website: http://www.chiugroup.com

General inquiry & client service: maito:service@chiugroup.com

NYC Office: 646-535-0602

We would like to thank CCG for their generosity and kindness in supporting us in our mission to meet our healthcare goals for the community, and improve lives in the process.

It is not too late to make a donation. Please consider donating to AMPHS to help continue meeting the healthcare needs of our community members. You can easily and safely make a donation on our website at: http://www.amphsonline.org/donate/ or click the “TAKE ACTION” button below!

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AMPHS Launches Newly Designed Website

February 1, 2013

It’s 2013, and it’s time for a new makeover! With an entirely new look and feel, easier navigation, and cleaner interface, anyone can search our website and find information about our programs, services, and register for CPR training courses easier and faster. People can now easily find out what centers to go to to get the applicable services they need. We’ve made a ton of improvements to the site:

  • Redesigned navigation to highlight the redefined focus on community public health & medical services.
  • Dedicated Clinical Services section to explain step by step to community members what to expect, how to prepare, and the background information for our medical services.
  • A dedicated project site for the Community Health Project.
  • Integrated social media & live Twitter feed on homepage.
  • Up to date monthly statistics on how many community members impacted.
  • Integrated myamphs account login pages for community members to access their health records; volunteers and staff to easily access their AMPHS systems.
  • Integrated IM client to live chat with AMPHS representatives as they are available.
  • The new site also allows anyone interested in volunteering or donating to us via our “Take Action” button on the upper right hand side of the screen.
  • Under the “Programs” tab, we included a program calendar that lists all of AMPHS’ upcoming activities for the month.

Here are some additional functionalities coming soon!

  • A dedicated Public Health & Wellness section with updates, advisories, media and other materials for anyone with internet connection to access our resource center without needing to come to office.
  • Translated site into Spanish for community members.

If you haven’t recently visited the site, please visit us at: www.amphsonline.org.

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