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Dear AMPHS Family,

Another month has already flown by. We hope you have been enjoying the warm days we’ve been having here and there—we certainly have! Even as we look to the future, anticipating the arrival of spring and a host of services and events we’re planning, the AMPHS team is focusing on doing our best every day to meet the Sunset Park community’s healthcare and education needs. We continue to hold regular food, PPE, and COVID test kit distributions and provide up-to-date information about COVID testing and vaccinations. Our ESOL instructors are hard at work leading our spring semester of English classes, which just began. And we have been advocating for immigrants’ rights through both in-person actions and the Know Your Rights workshops we provide.

As a reminder, the AMPHS team is in the office Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Make an appointment to receive a health screening, get help navigating social services, or learn more about how to keep you and your family healthy.


AMPHS Updates

Get vaccinated TODAY at a vaccination van!

While the COVID-19 pandemic may seem to be slowing down, this is only possible if we all take the necessary precautions. In addition to providing at-home COVID test kits, AMPHS will also be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination van TODAY, March 10 from 10am-6pm outside our office (5306 3rd Avenue)! Whether you need to complete your first series or are in need of a booster, come by our office and get yourself protected.

Biweekly food distributions

We held two successful Lunar New Year food distributions in February with the support of Send Chinatown Love, Melonpanna Tea & Shot, NYIC, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and SBKMA. AMPHS food distributions occur every other Saturday from 3-5pm outside AMPHS’ office. Our next one will take place this Saturday 3/12! We will contact members on our food interest list when the registration form is available to make an appointment. If you are interested in being added to our food distribution contact list, please email estela.cohetero@amphsonline.org.

COVID-19 Test Kit Thursdays

We are holding weekly COVID-19 test kit distributions throughout the month of March! Each Thursday in March from 3pm-5pm, our office will be open to community members interested in picking up rapid COVID-19 test kits. No appointment necessary! Limit of 2 kits per person while supplies last. If you have any questions, you may reach us at 212-256-9036.

Know Your Rights workshops

In the past month, AMPHS has offered four Know Your Rights workshops, in which we help connect immigrant community members with resources and accurate information about their right to healthcare, how to interact with immigration enforcement, and ways to advocate for themselves. We will be holding our next Know Your Rights workshop—which will cover workers’ rights, housing rights, and tenant assistance—on March 23 at 6:30pm. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for more information! Interested in requesting a workshop for your group? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

PPE and COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

Last Saturday, we held a PPE and COVID-19 test kit distribution event in Sunset Park alongside our very own Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes and members of her team. We provided over 150 families with 500 test kits, 2000 masks, 150 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 2000 disposable gloves—helping families continue to protect themselves against COVID-19. Stay tuned for additional distributions!

#Coverage4All

AMPHS continues to fight on the frontlines for the Coverage 4 All bill, which would create a state-funded health coverage option for New Yorkers up to 200% of the federal poverty line regardless of immigration status. The bill passed out of both Houses’ Health and Finance committees last month, but Governor Hochul has yet to sign it into law. Last Wednesday, we rallied and helped stage a die-in with The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and Make the Road NY, along with other coalition members, at the State Capitol in Albany to advocate for the bill.

Want to help? Call Governor Hochul and your legislators and demand they sign on to the bill. Visit this link for call information and the call script.

AMPHS is hiring!

AMPHS is expanding its programs and seeking new members like you to join its team! Become a part of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff working towards expanding healthcare access among our most vulnerable communities. Below is a list of open positions. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org by March 20.

COVID-19 & NYC Care Workshops 

AMPHS continues its efforts to inform the public on COVID-19 updates, particularly addressing COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among our communities. To that end, we are partnering with various organizations to offer COVID-19 and NYC Care information sessions led by our community health partners, who have undergone training through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. If you are interested in requesting a session, please fill out this form or direct any questions to estela.cohetero@amphsonline.org.

Request a CHW for your COVID-19 vaccine event! 

Our trained CHWs are also available to help answer vaccine questions and assist with translation at your next COVID-19 vaccine van event. Languages spoken include Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin. Email estela.cohetero@amphsonline.org for more information.

Spring semester English classes

Our spring semester English classes are full, but you can still fill out this year’s registration form to be placed on the waitlist! We offer four proficiency levels: Beginner, High Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Access the form here: www.bit.ly/esolamphs

And the winning project is…

Between December and February, AMPHS led a participatory budgeting process to allocate $40,000 in city funding to a mental health project in Sunset Park. Votes have been counted and residents have voted to bring Sunset Park Wellness Month to our neighborhood! Over the course of a month, we will work with community partners to coordinate events featuring mental health, wellness, and education programming at organizations throughout the community, such as multilingual workshops on mental health awareness, wellness and coping strategies, yoga and meditation workshops, and theater performances centering mental health stories. The project will culminate into a multi-block outdoor event where organizations can share mental health and social support resources, hold multicultural performances, and share diverse meals to build cross-cultural solidarity and understanding. Stay tuned for updates!


COVID-19 Updates

Mandate changes:

Masks

  • With the recent decline in COVID-19 transmission levels, NYC has lifted its mask mandate in NYC public schools as of Monday, March 7. Children in K-12 schools run by the NYC Department of Education no longer have to wear masks indoors; the mandate remains in effect for classrooms that serve kids younger than 5.
    • Kids of kindergarten age or higher or staff who return to school after testing positive for COVID or experiencing symptoms are still required to wear masks until 10 days have passed since their diagnosis or symptoms.
  • While masks are no longer required in most indoor settings, New Yorkers must continue using masks while on mass transit (bus, subways, and taxis), Broadway theaters, healthcare facilities, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and at individual businesses that choose to mandate masks.

Despite these changes, we strongly recommend that you continue wearing masks, especially in public indoor settings where vaccine status is not known. When wearing masks, upgrade to higher-quality masks, including KN95, KF94, N95, or a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask. Need a mask? Visit the AMPHS office during our open office hours Wed-Fri, 10AM-6PM to pick some up!

Indoor Dining

  • As of Monday, March 7, the Key2NYC program requiring businesses to check vaccine status for customers has ended, however businesses can continue to do so if they choose. The city’s vaccine requirement to work among private sector workers continues to be in effect.
  • In spite of this, we suggest that you get your vaccine and get boosted to keep you and your loved ones safe.

New Alert Level System

The NYC Health Department will now be using an alert level system that tracks COVID-19 transmission and health care capacity in the city. These levels will help you understand what precautions you need to take and how to best protect yourself and others based on each level.

  • Red (Very High Alert): There is high community spread of COVID-19, and health care services are overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.
  • Orange (High Alert): There is high community spread of COVID-19 and substantial pressure on the health care system.
  • Yellow (Medium Alert): There is high community spread of COVID-19 and substantial pressure on the health care system.
  • Green (Low Alert): There is lower community spread of COVID-19.
  • NYC is currently at the green (low alert) level.

At-Home COVID Test Kits

  • At-home test kits are available for pick-up from the AMPHS office Thursdays in March.
  • Residential households in the U.S. are eligible for TWO orders of 4 FREE at-home tests. Order your test kits at https://special.usps.com/testkits.
  • As of last month, the NYC Test & Trace Corps has partnered with City cultural sites and 27 branches of The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library to distribute at-home COVID-19 test kits to give to New Yorkers free of charge. Our local Sunset Park branch (4201 Fourth Avenue) is one of the distribution sites. Tests are limited to one per individual on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. For a full list of pick-up sites visit: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/#brooklyn.

Other Resources

New Mental Health Directory for Asian Americans

The Asian American Federation recently released a Mental Health Directory in 17 Asian languages that will help you and your family find a mental health services provider that fits your needs. Access the resource here: https://mhd.aafederation.org/?mc_cid=12b5f2a170&mc_eid=1c9c20a0c2.

Excluded Workers Fund forum on 3/12

Join Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes this Saturday, March 12, at 12pm for a community forum about the future of the Excluded Workers Fund. The forum will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Upper Church), which you can access from the entrance on 5th Ave between 59th and 60th. No registration necessary!