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Dear AMPHS Family,

Somehow it’s already September, which is both National Hispanic Heritage Month and National Preparedness Month! This month, we will be celebrating the contributions of Latinos to U.S. history and culture, creating a Sunset Park emergency plan to implement in the event of a disaster, conducting safety programming, and launching our Immigrant Resource Guide.

Last month, AMPHS centered community wellness at our Sunset Park Wellness Celebration, which drew over 1,000 community members for free health resources, food, cultural performances, and wellness activities like yoga and gardening. As exciting and special as this event was, centering our own and our community’s wellness can and should be a daily practice. As we transition from summer to fall, we’ll be continuing to provide services and events that promote wellness.

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.


Upcoming Opportunities

Free Mental Health Services

Have you faced a traumatic incident? Experiencing feelings of sadness or hopelessness? Would you like to speak with someone? AMPHS now offers FREE mental health therapy in English and Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and Taishanese! If you’re uninsured or underinsured and seeking mental health assistance, reach out to our licensed mental health counselor, Margaret Mui, to schedule an appointment by calling (917) 426-1406 or filling out this interest form: bit.ly/amphswellness

Free English Classes

We’re still accepting registrations for ESOL classes for the next school year, which will run from September 2022 to June 2023. We’re offering four classes of English instruction—Beginner, High Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced—as well as computer classes. Register here: bit.ly/ESOLAMPHS2022-23

Fall Safety Trainings

AMPHS will be hosting another free self-defense training at Sunset Park (44th St and 6th Ave) on Saturday, September 17th from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Learn simple blocks and jabs to protect yourself in case of an attack. This training is for newcomers and previous participants alike! Sign up using the registration link here. Look for a table with a dark red table cloth when you arrive!

Call for Community Safety Volunteers

In response to rising safety incidents in Sunset Park, AMPHS is starting a new “Safe Zones” community safety project, and we need volunteers! The goal of the project is to create a network of businesses, faith-based organizations, and other institutions throughout Sunset Park that are trained in bystander intervention and de-escalation, so community members can feel safer while traveling through the neighborhood.

We will need volunteers on 9/21, 9/22, and 9/24 from 10am-1pm to walk to various storefronts with us and recruit participants for the program. All volunteers will receive a brief orientation to prepare them for the canvassing session. Sign up here, and direct any questions to Kanako Kawabe, Coordinator of Community Safety Initiatives, at kanako.kawabe@amphsonline.org.

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. We are partnering with various organizations to offer COVID-19 and NYC Care information sessions led by our Community Health Partners trained by 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.

Join the AMPHS Team!

We have positions open for Executive Assistant, Community Health Partner (Chinese-speaking), Social Worker, Manager of Community Engagement, Manager of Development, Program Director, and Mental Health Therapist (Spanish-speaking). Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org.


Public Health Updates

Monkeypox

  • The rate of Monkeypox infections has decreased significantly, to an average of 9 cases per day.
  • The monkeypox vaccine can now be administered in a smaller dose in between, as opposed to underneath, the skin and be just as effective! A second dose would be required at least 28 days following the first dose. Vaccines are available to high risk individuals ages 18 and older.
  • To stay up to date on the latest Monkeypox information in NYC, visit this website.

Long COVID

  • Long COVID is a range of new or ongoing health problems people can experience 4 or more weeks after being infected with COVID.
    • Symptoms include difficulty breathing, difficulty thinking, cough, fatigue, joint/muscle pain, headache, fast-beating heart, and depression.
  • Anyone can get Long COVID, but it’s more common in people who had severe COVID illness.
  • For more information on Long COVID and treatment options, call 212-268-4319 and press 4, or visit https://covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/AfterCare.

COVID-19 Rates

  • COVID infection rates in NYC are decreasing—the daily average is currently about 1,900 new cases.
  • As you send your child back to school, strongly consider getting them vaccinated to protect against COVID, if they aren’t already. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been approved for children ages 6 months to 17 years.
  • To find a vaccination site, call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) or check this website. For testing locations, call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319), text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or check this website.
  • Also make sure you and your family are wearing masks in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings, as advised by the NYC Health Commissioner.
    • 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 or a COVID test kit? Visit the AMPHS office during our open office hours Wed-Fri, 10AM-6PM to pick some up for free!

Other Resources

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! We encourage you to make an emergency plan with your family today at on.NYC.gov/myplan. To receive free emergency alerts and updates in your language, sign up for Notify NYC by visiting NYC.gov/notifynyc, calling 311, or following @NotifyNYC on Twitter. Finally, visit NYC.gov/npm for more info about National Preparedness Month!

COVID Funeral Assistance

If you are covering the cost of a COVID funeral, you may qualify to receive up to $9,000 to cover the funeral’s cost. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified non-citizen; and the death had to occur in the U.S. and be caused by COVID. Call 844-684-6333, Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm, to learn more and apply for assistance. Multilingual support is available.