Fundraising

Support us in protecting our environment and the health of fellow New Yorkers!

Calling all recycling lovers, environmentalists, and those who are interested getting rid of old stuff!  We have an exciting program that all of you would appreciate and find useful in your personal lives.  Our partnership with the Funding Factory Recycling Program has given us the opportunity to recycle empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.  We invite our supporters and loyal followers, like you, to participate!  With over 300 million cartridges thrown away last year alone, your participation in this program will help protect our environment.  Recycling these items will help raise funds to provide community healthcare programs for underprivileged New Yorkers we serve, such as the Health Heart & Healthy Mind programs under the Center of Health and Wellness.  100% of the funds we redeem from this program will go toward ensuring that New York City’s underserved neighborhoods have access to preventative and life-saving healthcare services such as blood pressure, vision, mammogram, and HIV screenings. The funds will also be used to establish more preventative screenings and educational programs for the community.

Let’s make this recycling program a huge success by working together to donate and collect as many electronic devices and printing cartridges as we can. The program is FREE and simple, and anyone can get involved.

Get involved in this great cause! You can donate by either dropping off your cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops at:
AMPHS Brooklyn Office
5306 Third Ave, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11220

OR

Mail To:

Sandy Truong
2202 Mermaid Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11224

If you have any questions about this great opportunity, please feel free to e-mail us at sandy.truong@amphsonline.org. Thank you in advance for your support!

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AMPHS Health Fair – Saving Grace for Sunset Park Community

June 26, 2012

Brooklyn, NY – Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) in partnership with Pastor Jonathan Bream hosted its first health fair called “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day Fair at First Church of the Brethren in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, this past Saturday, June 23rd.

The AMPHS clinical staff provided free preventative health screenings such as: body mass index assessments (height and weight), visual acuity, pupillary reflex, and oculomotor function testing, blood pressure measurement, heart rate and respiration rate assessment, oxygen saturation assessment, memory and cognition screenings, nutrition and lifestyle consultations, and healthcare referrals.  Brochures, information and other materials were also available in Spanish and the AMPHS team was also staffed with Spanish speakers who assisted with taking medical history and translating between the community member and clinical volunteer.

The officiating Pastor of the church, Jonathan Bream, who by his own admission, prayed about offering a health fair for his church congregants and the Sunset Park community commented, “It was an honor and a blessing for the Brooklyn First Church of the Brethren to open its doors and heart to AMPHS and the community for this very important and vital health screening. The members of First Church who participated in the health screening have expressed their heartfelt thanks for this service and asked when we will be doing it again.  The health screening and mammography van have been an answer to prayer for those with limited access to preventative health care.  Thank you so very much and may all God’s children continue to be blessed through your caring.”

The Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, characterized by largely Hispanic/Latino and Asian immigrants, has the highest percentage of residents who reported that they do not have healthcare insurance or a personal primary care physician, and the second highest that can not afford to pay for their prescriptions, according to SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Community Health Report 2007 (1) and Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Progress Report 2008 (2).  The majority of community members perceived their health as fair or poor according to the same report.  24% of Sunset Park residents live in poverty, including 34% of children and 33% of senior citizens (2).  Many residents have a fair or no command of English, and almost half of the population have not received a high school diploma (1).  Hispanics overall continue to be highly underserved in the healthcare arena.

AMPHS screened a total of 28 Sunset Park community members, many of whom were Hispanic, unemployed and not having access to healthcare or healthcare insurance. “To be a part of the free health screening was truly special and reinforced the need for AMPHS to continue its mission to serve the underprivileged community,” said Mrs. Adriene Clark, V.P., Community Engagement, AMPHS.

Many community members were made aware of the event that day and came in to have their mammograms done and other screenings taken.  Ms. Mon Yuck Yu, an AMPHS clinical staff  member, recalled a community member saying, “I just passed by, worrying about what to do about my health status, myself being uninsured–and I came upon your screening!  This is truly God’s blessing.”

Among the vendors who participated were New York City based organizations such as Educational Alliance, Sunset Park Fitness Center who distributed free passes, Children’s Defense Fund, NYC’s Big Apple Rx who canvassed the neighborhood with discount prescription cards, and Project Renewal, who conducted free mammogram screenings.  Nurses from National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton’s civil rights organization, lended their helping hands in screening community members.

Products from the Vitamin Shoppe, the official in-kind event sponsor, such as immune balance lozenges and vitamin C chewy snacks, were made freely available to community members.  Healthy choices of snacks and fruit smoothies were also available for purchase.

Ms. Yu commented on her personal experience as a clinical staff member, “The screening was extremely successful. The sheer number of people without health insurance was staggering–almost all of the community members who I assisted indicated that they were without jobs and without access to healthcare, further emphasizing the importance of the work that we do. Many people try to keep healthy, but don’t have the guidance in doing so — one of the ladies I saw, for example, tries to keep a record of her weight each week to make sure that she is on top of her health. She emphasized the need to ‘know her numbers after the screening and to keep track of those numbers on a frequent basis. Yet, in that process, she still did not understand how to keep those numbers in check, how to maintain that balance, and what additional resources were available for her.  AMPHS answered those questions for her.”

Mr. Hewett Chiu, President and CEO, AMPHS, and a clinical team member also commented, “The entire day was fulfilling – on both a clinical level and a public service level.  We saw several community members who haven’t seen a physician in years, decades even.  We were able to provide immediate assistance to those who we found health concerns for – and we even potentially saved the life of a community member who was in a hypertensive crisis.  Perhaps the most moving part of the day was when we saw an immigrant community member with no insurance who was concerned about his memory.  He was young, didn’t speak any English, and consistently found himself getting lost walking around his own neighborhood.  He had an abnormal memory screening result, and we were able to sit down and guide him through follow-up care for him to lower his risk for developing dementia.”

There’s no question that healthcare insurance, resources for doctor visitations and crucial healthcare screenings are desperately needed in Sunset Park.  AMPHS is prepared to expand their service offerings, partner with area hospitals, and host many of these health fairs and community events to assist with these challenges.  The larger challenge and opportunity is marketing and promotion.

Ms. Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales said, “Sunset Park represents a large opportunity for us.  Hispanics generally are not informed about the healthcare options available to them.  Since many of them do not have healthcare insurance, and can not afford medical care, they are less likely to comfortably interact with the healthcare system.  There are also language barriers involved as well and our outreach must speak the same language.  Building a large team of Spanish speakers and a spanish infrastructure is crucial in communicating to this market.”

On the health screening feedback survey, community members indicated that AMPHS clinical volunteers behaved professionally towards them, spent sufficient time with them, and answered all of their questions and concerns.  All community members indicated that they would participate in a future screening, and refer their friends or relatives to participate, if another fair were offered.

“Saturday’s health event was an magnificent showing of the hands on approach and commitment that AMPHS has for promoting the health and well being of all community members,” said Sandra George, S.V.P, and Chief Operating Officer, Operations, AMPHS.  “AMPHS staff,  interns and volunteers from multiple organizations came together to support this amazing effort to embrace the underserved of our community.”

About AMPHS: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing free healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org.

References:

  1. SUNY Downstate Medical Center Community Health Report (2007).  Available at: http://www.downstate.edu/bhr/reports/Community-Health-Report.pdf
  2. Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Progress Report 2008.  Available at: http://www.cflsp.org/pdfs/CFL_ProgressReport08_Final.pdf

Photos from “Know Your Health Status Awareness Day” Health Fair – June 23, 2012

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AMPHS Selected as 2012 YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant Recipient

May 31, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, announced yesterday that they have been selected as the 2012 Bridging the Gap Grant Recipient from YouthBridge-NY, a non-profit organization in New York City.

“The committee was deeply impressed by the work [AMPHS is] doing to create positive change for youth in NYC.  [AMPHS’] work is important and inspiring”  said the YouthBridge-NY Youth Committee.

AMPHS has been awarded USD$650 from YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Fund to help fund the Community Health Project’s free health screenings and consultations.

YouthBridge-NY is a non-profit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.  YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap supports other organizations in three (3) areas including efforts made toward promoting and fostering individual and community health.

Ms. Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff, AMPHS, commented “We were attracted to Youthbridge because their focus was a great match for our organization’s mission.  As an organization run by young entrepreneurs, I believe that AMPHS exemplifies their mission to support young leaders in creating social change.  We will really be able to make great use of the fund to build our resource library and enhance the services that we provide during our health screening events.  I am extremely honored and excited to have been chosen for this award, and believe that this is the first of many grant awards we’ll be receiving.”

AMPHS has been invited to receive their award at YouthBridge-NY’s A Night of Celebration at the offices of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, June 6th.

About AMPHS: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing free healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

About YouthBridge-NY:  YouthBridge-NY is a non-profit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.  YouthBridge-NY is devoted to improving the atmosphere of respect and diversity in our city and the schools and community organizations in which our youth leaders live and learn.  YouthBridge-NY youth leaders are proactively involved in the leadership and diversity landscape of our city and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.

For more information about YouthBridge-NY, please visit: www.youthbridgeny.org

Bowl for a Worthy Cause!

April 25, 2012

ARE YOU A FREQUENT BOWLER?  IN THE MOOD TO BOWL ONE NIGHT?

Bowl for a Worthy Cause! The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services needs your help to raise funds for its Community Health Project to conduct health screenings for uninsured residents in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Enjoy unlimited bowling for 2 hours, shoe-rentals, food and drink and lots of fun.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 4-6PM
at Melody Lanes Bowling Alley
461 37th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Children ages 14 and under: $20 per person
Participants over age 14: $35 per person

This event is completely open to the public

Trains:   to 36th Street, Brooklyn

Bowling for Hearts Fundraiser – May 12, 2012

About AMPHS: The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

Help AMPHS Win $1,000 during the GoodApp Giveaway!

April 2, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) asks for your support in the month of April!  You can help us win $1,000 in the GoodApp Giveaway from April 1 – April 30th.   All anyone needs to do is download the GoodApp for Academy of Medical and Public Health Services.  http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/academy-of-medical-and-public-health-services

GoodApp empowers you to support our efforts every day just by searching the web and shopping online without spending an extra penny. 

The GoodApp:

  • Earns about a penny for us when you search the web
  • Earns AMPHS donations when you shop online at over 2,600 major retailers
  • Alerts you to money saving coupons when you shop online
  • Tracks how much you, a supporter, have earned for AMPHS.
  • Gives you access to GoodShop and access GoodCoupons to get BIG savings with coupons and deals

Please support our non-profit organization by downloading the GoodApp today and start searching and shopping!   http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/academy-of-medical-and-public-health-services

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About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

Search, Shop and Dine to Support AMPHS

March 31, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has an exciting and easy way for supporters to donate to their cause: the AMPHS toolbar on GoodSearch.

Once the toolbar is added to your internet browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), each time you shop at more than 2,500 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle), and/or dine at a participating restaurant, a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to Academy of Medical and Public Health Services, at no extra cost.  You may even save money as the toolbar provides coupons and deals as well.

The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to Academy of Medical and Public Health Services. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/academy-of-medical-and-public-health-services

   

Please pass this along to all of your friends. The two minutes it takes to add this toolbar to your browser can make a lifetime of difference!

Goodshop allows you to shop at your favorite stores while saving money and donating to your charity!  Shop at stores such as:

  • The Musician’s Friend
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • The North Face
  • McAfee
  • Staples
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Nordstrom
  • Kmart
  • 1-800 Flowers
  • Amazon
  • The Apple Store
  • Avon
  • Banana Republic
  • Barney’s New York
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Brookstone
  • Buy.com
  • CB2
  • Choice Hotels

And so many more!

To get the toolbar, please go to: http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/academy-of-medical-and-public-health-services

Watch a video on how GoodSearch works:

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org.

There are many other ways to donate to AMPHS’ cause, for more info, please visit us at: http://www.amphsonline.org/national/fundraising.htm

AMPHS Meets Fundraising Goal at Crepeaway

Date: March 25, 2012

On March 24th, AMPHS held a fundraising event at Crepeaway restaurant.  Crepeaway patrons including AMPHS staff attended the event to both celebrate AMPHS’ 2-year anniversary (on March 25, 2012) and to raise funds for the organization’s Community Health Project.  Crepeaway is a small french eatery located at the border of the Noho/West Village neighborhoods in Manhattan, across the street from New York University and Washington Square Park.  The restaurant specializes in serving crepes which are a very thin pancakes made from flour, milk, eggs, and butter, that are fun to eat, perfect for a light brunch or dinner, and can satisfy a savory or sweet taste bud.  As patrons enjoyed delicious savory crepes, such as “Mikey”, “South Beach” and “Big Papa”, and went back to order sweet crepes for dessert, AMPHS raised 30% of profits made on crepe purchases for their Community Health Project.

Sandy Truong, VP, Corporate Development, Head of Fundraising says “We are very happy to have accomplished our fundraising goal.  As a former NYU student, I always enjoyed hanging out at Crepeaway and thought this would be a great place to hold a fundraising event and an anniversary celebration for my AMPHS colleagues.  The event was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

About AMPHS: The  Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a humanitarian 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to providing healthcare services to underprivileged communities of Brooklyn and New York City.  From strengthening our foundation through the public trust, we work to integrate healthcare systems, education, awareness, and disease prevention such that all people can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

For more information about us, please visit us at: national.amphsonline.org

About AMPHS Community Health Project:  The Community Health Project has been created to meet certain defined needs within several communities. The ultimate goal is to integrate the main core principles and concepts of education, research, and public service together to supplement the healthcare system in providing services to underprivileged populations.   At the end of the day, we are filling in the gaps of healthcare.

This project consists of 5 components:

– Free community health screenings:
– Health Access & Coverage Assistance Coverage Program
– Prescription Assistance Program
– Community Education Seminars
– Public Health Research

For more information about our Community Health Project, please visit us at: http://www.amphsonline.org/national/chp.htm