Month: October 2015

Congrats to Mon Yuck Yu, 40 Under 40 Rising Star

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Mon Yuck Yu, AMPHS Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff

We at AMPHS couldn’t be more proud of Mon Yuck Yu, AMPHS Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, for being selected as one of New York Nonprofit Media’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

The daughter of a first-generation immigrant, Mon Yuck has long been devoted to the causes of New York City’s low-income and immigrant populations, specifically through the advancement of equitable and accessible health care.

Through AMPHS, Mon Yuck has worked tirelessly to advocate for those without documentation, health insurance, the means, or perhaps the language skills to navigate the U.S. healthcare system on their own. She’s performed community needs assessments to guide the free health services AMPHS provides from their headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She coordinates with local government officials, partner organizations in health and immigrant justice, and AMPHS’ own volunteer force to provide these much-needed services, such as physical exams, Hepatitis C and HIV screenings, mammograms, blood testing, flu shots, dental services, eye exams, as well as health counseling and other social services.

On screening days, Mon Yuck often serves as an interpreter as well, speaking to community members in English, Chinese, and Spanish. She also conducts CPR, First Aid and emergency preparedness workshops. Her fundraising and outreach accomplishments include AMPHS’ first annual Health Empowerment Celebration this past summer, which brought hundreds of Brooklyn residents to Sunset Park for health-related activities, demonstrations, and information from a variety of local businesses and organizations.

Mon Yuck, whose father, an immigrant carpenter with meager benefits, passed away from cancer felt disempowered by the healthcare system and felt that people like him needed a voice. She was not alone. Brooklyn, New York 2015

Mon Yuck assists community members at AMPHS Headquarters.

Through her efforts, Mon Yuck has bettered not only the standing of this young healthcare initiative, only in its fifth year, but also the standard of care for the underserved communities she works with. We cannot think of anyone more passionate about nonprofit work or more deserving of this incredible honor.

In addition to her work for AMPHS, Mon Yuck has held various positions at American Red Cross, Chinese-American Planning Council, FEMA and New York State Assembly. She has a background in Psychology and Anthropology from Dartmouth College and NYU and is currently pursuing a degree in Public Administration at Columbia University. ‎

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Would You Like to Work at AMPHS?

AMPHS staff and volunteers convene before patients arrive in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

AMPHS Seeks Program Assistant

The Program Assistant is responsible for assisting in the implementation and administration of the health screening, education, and training programs at the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services. Responsibilities can include event coordination, outreach, client communication, and basic reception and clerical duties. The candidate will work directly with Executive Management staff to ensure that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Respond to client inquiries via phone and email, screen and direct calls, and relay messages
  • Conduct outreach to community-based organizations and businesses for partnerships and awareness-building
  • Coordinate logistics for the AMPHS Clinical Practice Training Program for pre-health students
  • Schedule appointments and appointment reminders for screenings, workshops, and trainings and maintain the organization’s events calendar
  • Schedule meetings and training sessions for volunteers
  • Manage and maintain a Salesforce contacts database for volunteers, partners, and donors
  • Assist in coordinating logistics for in-house health screenings, including event outreach (flyering) and pre-screening patient intake
  • Assist in the preparation of outreach and educational materials
  • Update organizational policies and procedures manuals as needed
  • Work with Executive Management to send program updates to clients and volunteers
  • Prepare letters to stakeholders, including supporters and clients
  • Monitor the use of office equipment and supplies and maintain office inventory

Qualifications:

  • Preference given to candidates with a bachelors degree or higher. College juniors and seniors also considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures.
  • Previous experience in an office environment.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with basic computer programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and email systems.
  • Demonstrated competency in writing and communication.
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish and/or Chinese preferred.
  • Knowledge in graphic design a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit a copy of your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and most recent transcript (if still in school or recent graduate) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org.

Commitment to Care in NYC

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AMPHS volunteers receive the 2015 EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Award

On Wednesday, September 30, AMPHS was honored to receive the 2015 EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Award alongside such admirable organizations as the Chinese-American Planning Council​ Nan Shan Senior Center and the Flushing Chinese Business Association.

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Councilman Peter Koo speaking at the EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Ceremony

Councilman Peter Koo, affectionately referred to as the “Mayor” of Flushing, spoke at the event about the rising costs of care in the U.S., something he’s uniquely qualified to speak to as a pharmacist. With the price of life-saving drugs skyrocketing and crippling bills being issued for even a two-mile trip in an ambulance (Councilman Koo sardonically advised the audience that they might be better off finding another route to the hospital), the councilman thanked the recipients of the award for their efforts to disrupt such an inequitable and unsustainable system.

Dr. Russell Petrella, EVP of EmblemHealth, says the following about AMPHS: “The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services is one of three distinguished organizations that will be honored for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in New York City. The Academy’s dedication to providing care, services, and support to the residents of New York is commendable. To celebrate this outstanding contribution, we would like to present [AMPHS] with the Commitment to Care Award for eliminating barriers to clinical health care services for underserved immigrant populations.”

Previous recipients of the award include the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chinese American Medical Society, National Council of Negro Women, Organization of Chinese Americans, Harlem Children’s Zone, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and University Settlement, among other notable organizations. We at AMPHS couldn’t be happier to be included among these important and influential ranks, and to work together to ensure the basic human right of quality healthcare for all NYC residents.

Our heartfelt thanks to EmblemHealth for this incredible honor, and to our volunteers who make the work we do at AMPHS possible.