Month: June 2013

AMPHS Chief of Staff Nominated as 2013 Nonprofiteer of the Year

1012369_10151714323799609_2090810445_nAcademy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is proud to announce that their Chief of Staff, Mon Yuck Yu, was nominated for recognition as one of five finalists for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2013 Nonprofiteer of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row that an AMPHS volunteer has received this honorary recognition.

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN-NYC) supports the professional development of the next generation of nonprofit leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, and networking. Each year, the Nonprofiteer of the Year Award is presented to a young nonprofit professional who has exemplified the values of the social sector and have made significant efforts in making their organization, and the sector as a whole, a better place.

Mon Yuck joined AMPHS in 2010, shortly after the organization was founded. In her time at AMPHS, she has been responsible for ensuring the stability of the nascent community organization by means of resource development, programming, and coordination of complex inter-departmental projects. As such, she has overseen the grants acquisitions, community engagement and public affairs, talent acquisition, staff engagement and satisfaction, and staff retention functions at AMPHS. Over the past three years, Mon Yuck has organized a number of successful staff engagement processes, such as the initial orientation session, volunteer outings, volunteer awards, the AMPHS “miniversity” workshop series  and the annual summer internship program. During this time, she has also single-handedly spearheaded a number of new clinical programs, including the highly successful vision assistance program, where AMPHS is now able to provide underserved community members with free and/or low-cost ophthalmological examinations and corrective lenses. In addition, she has worked to conduct community health research and needs assessments with her anthropological background and established a number of community partnerships. In the words of her nominee, “She takes on the challenges of the organizations as those of her own; and continually strives to deliver results at a higher standard each time through challenging herself.”

All five finalists were honored at YNPN-NYC’s anniversary event on June 27th during the YNPN-NY Annual Gala at the Center for Social Innovation and were asked to give inspirational speeches to attendees with career advice.

AMPHS congratulates Mon Yuck for receiving this prestigious nomination.

AMPHS Receives Barman’s Fund Donation to Support Community Health Project


(3) Barman's Fund PhotoThe Academy of Medical and Public Health Services recently received a generous donation of $1,865 from the Barman’s Fund. The Barman’s Fund is a diverse assortment of bartenders who pledge one shift a month for charitable organizations. Each bartender donates every dollar they make on from that particular shift to a charitable organization. The Barman’s Fund also contacts not-for-profits to find needs that need to be fulfilled, whether on the programming or administrative end. The Barman’s Fund was founded by Brian Floyd and currently has donated over $100,000 to various organizations, with chapters in New York City, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

AMPHS plans to use this donation to buy glucose testing machines and more advanced screening equipment, giving AMPHS the opportunity to improve the capacity of its current services and to start screening community members for diabetes. More advanced screening equipment will include balance beam scales, blood pressure cuffs, eye charts, and vaccination tools. The donation from The Barman’s Fund further opens the door for new medical screenings and allows AMPHS to better help the Sunset Park community. So have some fun at your local bar and “drink with a purpose!”

AMPHS Welcomes New Summer Interns Aboard!

AMPHS would like to offer a warm and fuzzy welcome to its new summer interns, Alexandra Lacqua, Georgina Muri, Karen Ouyang, and Lisa Rennels, who completed the new volunteer orientation this past weekend on June 15th. The four interns have been assigned to work on projects in the divisions of Medical and Public Health Services and Community Engagement. Each intern will have a chance to work on a group project and independent project specific to their divisions, with the overall goals of consolidating screening data, developing community partnerships, assessing community needs, and conducting follow-up with community members. Additionally, interns will be focusing on independent projects that include the coordination of a Healthy Eating Discounts program, development of health education materials, health policy analysis, and social media research and outreach.

In addition to their assigned projects, summer interns will also have a chance to participate in health screening events, Miniversity workshops, and other events throughout the summer.

AMPHS welcomes the following interns to our team:

Alexandra LacquaAlexandra Lacqua, Community Engagement Associate

Alexandra is a rising sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, currently pursuing a premedical curriculum. Alexandra is passionate about social entrepreneurship, and in the course of her academic career, has been involved in an Entrepreneur Boot Camp, where she worked with a toy designer to market a new toy, and was selected to participate in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where she learned to create a business plan for budding companies. Outside of school, she has been highly involved as founding member and Secretary/Treasurer in Healing Hands Abroad, an organization that provides volunteer surgical care to to underserved communities throughout the world. Some of Alexandra’s main goals this summer are to learn how to effectively educate the communities on health initiatives, understand the Sunset Park community and how to identify needs/improvements, and further develop her skills in making connections and maintaining contact with other organizations.

Georgina MuriGeorgina Muri, Medical and Public Health Services Associate

Georgina holds a MA in European Politics and Policy, and a BA in European Studies from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Founder’s Day Award for Scholastic Achievement and Honors in 2012. Georgina is trilingual in German, French and English and has a diploma in Professional and Business French level B2. She would like to pursue a career in international policy and is particularly interested in public health, including issues of nutrition and obesity. Outside of the workplace, Georgina enjoys leaning new languages, swing dancing and cooking. Some of Georgina’s goals this summer include learning about database use and management, data analysis and synthesis, and project development and management. She is also interested in understanding the AMPHS health screening process and how data is gathered and analyzed for community assessments.

Karen OuyangKaren Ouyang, Medical and Public Health Services Associate

Karen Ouyang is a rising junior at Binghamton University, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Karen has a wealth of experience volunteering with nonprofit organizations and working with social enterprises. In the past, she has worked as a docent at the New York Aquarium, PR and marketing intern at Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, and Teacher’s Assistant with Best Prep Academy at PS 22 in NY. In addition, Karen is highly involved in the microfinance connection club and science club at Binghamton University. Her main interests lie in exploring real-world applications of mathematics, especially in medical and public health fields. Some of Karen’s main goals this summer include learning how to apply mathematics to public health, learning how AMPHS assesses community needs to deliver solutions, and understanding career opportunities and skills required to advance in the nonprofit sector.

Lisa RennelsLisa Rennels, Community Engagement Associate

Lisa is a rising senior at Dartmouth College, pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Studies while also working to complete the requirements for medical school.  She is interested in the nexus of public health and environmental science, which is especially obvious in the context of drinking water scarcity and quality.  At school Lisa is a member of KDE sorority, a chair of the Dartmouth Special Olympics organization, and a captain of the Dartmouth Women’s Water Polo Club.  She loves to travel, and so far has spent three months in Barcelona on a transfer term program and three months in southern Africa on Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program.  Lisa was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, where she picked up an insatiable appetite for the sun, the ocean, and water polo.  Some of Lisa’s learning objectives this summer include understanding the non-profit work environment, community health problems most pertinent to the New York area and the United States, and the challenges and possible solutions to reaching hard-to-find populations with basic and necessary healthcare.

Welcome aboard!

AMPHS to Offer Summer Miniversity Workshops for Volunteers

Hewett TeachingBeginning in June, AMPHS will be offering a series of continuing education Miniversity workshops to interested volunteers in a variety of topics related to nonprofit management, clinical skills, and administration. These Miniversity workshops will be taught by other AMPHS volunteers and are designed to offer staff members a broader look at the public health nonprofit landscape that defines AMPHS. All volunteers are welcome to attend. Here is the current line-up:

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd  | 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Neurology of Brain Disorders

Instructor: Hewett Chiu

This workshop will cover the neuroscience behind two of the most devastating brain disorders plaguing humans today–Parkinson’s Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease. Concepts of cellular neuronal exictation and inhibition; recurrent, inhibitory, and feedforward networks; neuropharmacology; neuroanatomy and neurophysiology will be emphasized. By the end of this workshop, participants should have a basic idea of how the brain functions normally on a cellular level and the conditions leading to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Qualitative Research I: Surveys, Interviews, Observations, Mapping

Instructor: Pensri Ho

This introductory workshop is the first in a two-part series on qualitative research methods. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for conducting in-person surveys, brief open-ended interviews, relatively unobtrusive participant-observations, and environmental mapping. The workshop format is a combination of lecture and technique implementation through role-playing and observation scenarios within and outside the classroom.

SATURDAY, JULY 13th  |  11:00AM – 12:00PM

The American Healthcare System: Policy and Reform

Instructor: Hewett Chiu

This workshop will cover the history of the American Healthcare system and discuss the factors affecting healthcare reform today. Participants will explore the different aspects of the Affordable Care Act in the context of past reform efforts and gain an understanding of how these policies and regulations are affecting different populations, and in particular, the undocumented immigrants in Sunset Park.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17th | 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Qualitative Research II: How to Elicit Candid Responses and Building Better Rapport

Instructor: Pensri Ho

This introductory workshop is the second in a two-part series on qualitative research methods. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for conducting follow-up interviews and focus groups. The workshop format is a combination of lecture and technique implementation through role-playing within the classroom.

TUESDAY, JULY 23rd | 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Effective Presentation Design

Instructor: Mon Yuck Yu

This workshop will offer a comprehensive understanding of strategies for effective presentation design. Participants will learn to use Microsoft Powerpoint and other online resources in the design of presentations for business and academic settings.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th | 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Grantseeking for Nonprofit Organizations

Instructors: Mon Yuck Yu

This introductory workshop will explore the grant research and grant writing process. It will cover how to use grant research databases, how to approach a foundation, and how to create a grant proposal and budget. Participants will have the opportunity to examine samples of past program proposals and budgets.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th | 1:30PM – 6:30PM

CPR/AED Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers

Instructors: Hewett Chiu, Mon Yuck Yu

This is an American Heart Association course for the Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers certification. It is a detailed, comprehensive, life support course designed to develop and hone CPR skills and techniques of using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will learn how to recognize an emergency; stabilize and maintain stability of an emergency scene; perform a full initial assessment on a patient; perform rescue breathing, CPR, conscious choking, and unconscious choking; and use an AED. Care for adults, children, and infants are taught and emphasized equally.