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Dear AMPHS Family,

This month, we are focusing on our community’s diverse voices and the stories they tell. Through October 29th, HERE AND NOW, an exhibit featuring community members’ recorded stories, will be open to the public in the Sunset Park Library at 4201 4th Ave.

We celebrated the exhibit last Saturday in an opening reception in which four of the exhibit’s participants told their stories to a room full of supportive listeners. The event was an opportunity for community members to not only make genuine, face-to-face connections with each other, but also validate each other’s heightening anxiety about violence and bigotry in Sunset Park. Be sure to stop by the exhibit sometime this month before October 29th, and look out for a second reading by exhibit participants later in the month. The library has also curated a selection of books about Sunset Park and our immigrant history, available all month—check it out!

AMPHS has a lot of other opportunities this month: mental health services, English classes, safety training, health events, and more! Keep reading for more information.

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 Events and 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

October Safety Trainings

AMPHS hosted a self-defense training in Sunset Park on a lovely day in September for over 15 community members, helping them learn how to protect themselves and others in violent situations. See the photos below!

We have two free safety trainings for community members this month:

  • A self-defense class in Sunset Park this Saturday, October 15th from 11:00am-12:30pm. Learn basic strikes and blocks to protect yourself from physical attacks. Register here.
  • A bystander intervention training at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (552 59th St entrance) on October 22nd from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Learn how to safely step in and address potentially threatening situations before they escalate. Register here.

Hot Meal Distribution on 10/21

AMPHS is partnering with Send Chinatown Love to provide a hot meal distribution on October 21 from 11:30-1 at AMPHS’ office, located at 5306 3rd Ave. Come pick up delicious hot meals, while supplies last!

Spooky and Healthy! A Health Screenings and Vaccination Event

On October 29 from 11am to 3pm, AMPHS and other community partners will be holding Spooky and Healthy!, a free health screenings and vaccination event open to everyone. We will be offering health information, help signing up for low-cost health insurance and mental health services, Hepatitis B testing and information, flu and COVID vaccines, and free safe sex supplies and menstrual products.

Better Together: An AMPHS Fall Fundraiser

Join us at Better Together, AMPHS’ fall fundraising event, at Five Boroughs Brewing Co. on October 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm! The event will include local foods and drinks, raffle prizes from local businesses, and lots of good conversation and company! Tickets are $50 each and there are only 50 available, so get yours today! We’re looking forward to celebrating Sunset Park, AMPHS and the incredible growth we’ve had together.

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. Sign up to volunteer here. Please note that you must attend a bystander intervention and de-escalation workshop through AMPHS in order to partake in this initiative. 

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.

Join the AMPHS Team!

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

Public Health Updates

New Omicron Vaccine

  • At the end of August, the FDA approved a vaccine called Bivalent, available from Moderna or Pfizer, which helps protect against the worst symptoms of the Omicron COVID variant.
  • Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 account for most COVID infections across the U.S. right now.
  • Omicron is expected to spread more this fall and winter, so this vaccine will help stem that spread.
  • The Moderna Bivalent is approved for people ages 18 and up, and the Pfizer Bivalent is approved for ages 12 and up.
  • You can receive the Bivalent vaccine two months after your last dose of a COVID vaccine.

COVID-19 Rates

  • COVID infection rates in NYC have stayed about the same since last month—the daily average is currently about 2,040 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!

Monkeypox (MPV)

  • Moving forward the NYC Health Department will refer to the virus as MPV instead of Monkeypox.
  • The rate of MPV infections has decreased significantly, to an average of 4 cases per day.
  • Starting Thursday 10/6, the City is adopting a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) model for MPV vaccination. This means that in NYC, everyone who is at risk, may be at risk, or suspects they may have been exposed to MPV is now eligible to get vaccinated. That being said, the Health Department is making recommendations for who should especially seek vaccination. Full eligibility criteria and recommendations are available at NYC.gov/monkeypox.
  • About 30K new vaccination appointments will be made available under the new eligibility.
  • Appointments are available on the city’s vaccine portal: vax4nyc.nyc.gov/monkeypox and by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).
  • Walk-ins for first and second doses are welcome at all City-run sites, though making an appointment in advance is still recommended.
  • As a reminder, people who have already received their first dose, are strongly advised to get their second dose 28 days after their first.

Other Resources

Make a Voting Plan for November 8!

The November 8 election is just weeks away. Make a voting plan now to ensure your vote is counted!

  • Check your registration status using this website or call 1-866-868-3692.
  • Register to vote by October 14 (this Friday!). Visit this site to download an application to register by mail, this site to check locations to register in person, and this site to register online.
  • Early voting will take place between Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, November 6, and election day is Tuesday, November 8. Check your polling location here.
  • Every voter has the right to vote in their language. Check which polling locations will offer language support here.

Hurricane Ida Damage Support

If your home was damaged by Hurricane Ida flooding in September 2021, you can get free help with case management, FEMA appeals, financial assistance, repair quoting, and more by calling (332) 400-1957 or (332) 400-1967, or visiting this site. Translation services are available!