Among the benefits of running a community-based health center is the direct engagement that can be achieved between healthcare providers and the people they serve. The traditional barriers that pervade our American healthcare landscape—rising costs of care, varying degrees of access to insurance, institutional divides between medical professionals and the general public, economic and political turbulence—are stripped away. A dialogue takes place in which the members of the community and their healthcare providers take equal part, and the specific needs of that community can be voiced.
Among the challenges of running a community-based health center is the ease with which that very community of providers and recipients can become isolated, especially when those recipients are made up of people who have been excluded from the American healthcare system—namely our low-income, immigrant neighbors. While we can have a dialogue with these individuals, their needs cannot always be met locally.
This is a challenge AMPHS is eager to take on. No health system can exist off the grid but rather depends on the coordination of a broader system of care to satisfy the diverse needs of a given region. And in return, that broader system depends on the work of community-based centers like ours to understand the complexities of the demands for care and to provide that care more efficiently, equitably, and cost-effectively.
Volunteer Andreas conducts a hypertension workshop at The Temple of Restoration.
That is why AMPHS is getting out of its headquarters on 5306 Third Avenue and into the Greater Brooklyn community.
On February 7th, we hosted workshops and screenings at The Temple of Restoration in Prospect Heights as part of their first annual health fair. We also provided HIV and Hepatitis C screenings and mammograms in collaboration with Project Renewal, along with workshops on hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol management.
On March 21st, we collaborated with the Sunset Park Recreation Center to hold two workshops with a focus on women’s health.
Volunteers Mon Yuck and Jessica conduct women’s health workshops at the Sunset Park Recreation Center.
And we are currently organizing a Health Empowerment Fair to be held in Sunset Park on June 6th. We anticipate at least 500 guests and are working to engage as many Brooklyn-based businesses, health and fitness professionals, and immigrant rights advocates as possible to participate in the day’s events, and to become an essential part of Brooklyn’s healthcare landscape.
If you are interested in learning more about our community events, participating in June’s Health Empowerment Fair, or if you simply have ideas about health and wellness in Brooklyn, please reach out to us. Join the conversation. Let’s work together to make Brooklyn a healthier place!