Brooklyn

Join us for our April In-House Screening Event!

Clinical Volunteer Alice Bonner, RN provides BMI assessment

Clinical Volunteer Alice Bonner, RN provides BMI assessment

When: Saturday, April 19 from 1pm – 5pm

Where: AMPHS Headquarters, 5306 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (between 53rd and 54th Streets)

Who: Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred for priority service. Appointments can be scheduled by calling: (212) 256-9036

What: AMPHS will be offering free health screenings for BMI, blood pressure, vision, and memory along with healthy lifestyle counseling and information about health insurance, prescription assistance, and vision assistance. HIV and Hep C screenings will be provided by the Latino AIDS Society. Resources related to a healthy lifestyle will be distributed.

Vision screening

AMPHS Health Events – March Nutrition Month

Vision screening

AMPHS clinician performing macular degeneration screening for a community member.

.Nutrition Month AMPHS Health Screening

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 1pm – 5pm

Where: AMPHS Headquarters, 5306 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred for priority service. Appointments can be scheduled by calling: (212) 256-9036

AMPHS will be offering free health screenings for BMI, blood pressure, vision, memory screenings along with healthy lifestyle counseling and information about health insurance, prescription assistance, and vision assistance. HIV and Hep C screenings will be provided by the Latino AIDS Society. Since March is Nutrition month, we will also be distributing resources related to a healthy lifestyle.

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A Big Welcome to Councilman Carlos Menchaca to Sunset Park!

City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca Taking Oath of Office Photo Credit: William Alatriste

City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca Taking Oath of Office
Photo Credit: William Alatriste

AMPHS is pleased to welcome Mr. Carlos Menchaca – the first Mexican American member to be elected to public office in New York – as a Council Member for the 38th district which includes Bay Ridge towers, Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook and Windsor Terrace. Menchaca was officially sworn into office at a symbolic inauguration ceremony at Sunset Park High School on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

AMPHS was delighted to be in attendance to witness the historic ceremony, which was joined by a number of public officials including: Public Advocate Letitia James; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Councilmembers Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, David Greenfield, Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso and Jumaane Williams; Assemblymember Felix Ortiz; and Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The ceremony, hosted by Linda Sarsour, featured inspirational speeches by community leaders, praising Carlos’ continuing dedication to advancing the public good. It was a time of mixed emotions that emphasized the importance of diversity and community support.

Thirty three year-old Menchaca grew up in El Paso, Texas, after which he came to Brooklyn, New York and started his political career as a community organizer. Carlos has been active in super-storm Sandy recovery efforts as well.

As compared to other ethnic populations, a greater proportion of Mexican Americans are in the US on less than stable legal grounds; hence Carlos’ presence in city council will prove to be extremely beneficial.

Growing up in public housing and attending public schools, Carlos has had first-hand experience in the inequalities of life and promises to work hard to give opportunities to immigrants who may not have the same resources as others. His efforts as Councilmember will include:

  • increasing community health and wellness,
  • improving the community’s resilience to disasters,
  • making affordable housing more accessible,
  • improving the quality of public schools and after-school programs, and
  • training residents with new skills, and providing them with living wage salary.

We would like to welcome Carlos to the community, and look forward to working with him to increase health care accessibility in Sunset Park and the rest of New York City.

AMPHS Collaborates with Sunset Park Agencies for Referrals and Education Services

We are excited to announce that AMPHS is partnering with Turning Point and Atlas DIY to better serve communities in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

turning point logoTurning Point provides community members holistic support through education, health and social services programs. Its programs include:

  • Outreach and Testing Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health Services
  • Scattered Site Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Educational and Vocational Services

A hugely successful endeavor of Turning Point is its Shower Project, where individuals in transitional housing are provided with shower and a change of undergarments.

AMPHS will be working to complement Turning Point’s services through free health screenings and social assistance referrals for individuals with health and healthcare concerns. Additionally, it will be working closely with the Shower Project to offer regular screenings to community members lacking health insurance and healthcare.

atlas diyAtlas DIY is an organization that empowers undocumented youth by providing them with education, and a sense of community. Some of its programs are:

  • Legal help for Immigration issues
  • Career club
  • Assistance with college applications
  • Mentorship sessions

By partnering Atlas DIY, AMPHS expects to reach out to a larger population of undocumented immigrant families and provide them with the necessary resources to stay healthy while pursing their American Dream.

To learn more about Turning Point and Atlas DIY, visit

http://turningpointbrooklyn.org/about-us/

http://www.atlasdiy.org/

AMPHS brings free health screenings to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Above Assemblyman Feliz W. Ortiz (Center) AMPHS Stuff (Left/Right)

Assemblyman Feliz W. Ortiz (Center) AMPHS Staff (Left/Right)

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a healthcare non-profit organization located in Brooklyn, NY, participated in the Health, Resource & Job Fair, hosted and organized by NYS Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz on Saturday, November 10th in Red Hook, Brooklyn to provide free health screenings to all community members, but especially to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz leads a distinguished career in public service, public health and safety issues.   He is a nationally and internationally recognized leader, who has fought for legislation supporting children, families, and immigrants. As leader of Assembly District 51 and Chair of the Mental Health Committee, he has organized the fair in the effort to advance health awareness among underprivileged Latino communities in Red Hook and assist with Post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The event was attended by many important institutions and non-profits such as Rite Aid, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York City’s YMCA, NYS Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, The Brooklyn Free Clinic, The Fresh Air Fund, New York Labor Department, New York City College of Technology, New York City Family Justice Center, American Diabetes Association, HealthFirst, Fire Department City of New York, TheraCare, MTA NYC Transit, among others. Each attending organization distributed informational resources and giveaways according to their missions and attendees’ needs. All participating institutions and organizations, including AMPHS, distributed informational resources on education, healthcare, employment, and security. Nonperishable food and blankets were distributed as well. The participation and commitment of the many organizations and volunteers were extremely important for the Red Hook community, bringing hope and healing to the post-disaster victims there.

AMPHS clinical volunteers performed free health screenings such as blood pressure measurements, heart rate assessments, and memory and cognition screenings. AMPHS distributed literature and healthcare insurance options and gave relevant information to community members affected by Hurricane Sandy. Health information distributed ranged from resources on high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes to diet and heart disease.

AMPHS’ participation in the health event has made a significant impact on the Red Hook community. “We are so grateful to all of the organizations/agencies and the individual representatives for taking time out of your busy schedules to table at this event. Your support and the services that you provided are immeasurable,” commented Sara Jacobs, Community Liaison at the Office of Assembly Member Felix W. Ortiz.

“AMPHS is making a difference in the lives of these people, many who were hurricane victims and had a great need for our services,” said Mon Yuck, Chief of Staff at AMPHS. “This is a very tough time for residents in the area and they are the ones who need our services most.”

AMPHS will continue offering free comprehensive health screenings to all community members who need it. AMPHS welcomes everyone who wants to attend to its in-house health screenings, which are offered in its office in Sunset Park once a month. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential.

AMPHS Brings Healthcare Services to Underserved Brownsville Church & Food Pantry

September 23, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) held a large health screening on Saturday, September 22 at Mount Hebron Church of Christ in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, a predominantly African American community. Mount Hebron Food Pantry is connected to the Church. Bishop McDonald Moses, David Moses, Executive Director of Mount Hebron Food Pantry, and Shirlene Canady, Director of Health and Wellness helped organize the event.

AMPHS clinical volunteers performed comprehensive screenings including: Body-mass index assessments, visual acuity, pupillary reflex, and oculomotor function testing, blood pressure measurements, heart rate assessments, respiration rate assessments, oxygen saturation assessments, memory and cognition screenings for detection of Alzheimer’s, HIV testing (oral swabs conducted by Interfaith Medical Center), nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations, and resource and network referrals to free community clinics for follow-up.

AMPHS also distributed supplements from the Vitamin Shoppe to promote health and wellness.

Big Apple Rx distributed prescription assistance cards and MetroPlus Health came on board to help enroll people in affordable public health (Medicaid and Medicare) insurance plans.

AMPHS screened a total of 46 people, and others stopped by the Community Resource table to pick up health brochures.

Mon Yuck Yu, Clinical Volunteer at AMPHS commented on the health profiles of the community members seen.

“Many of the people we screened had drug, smoking alcohol issues, as well as bad diets,” Yu said. “It was an interesting experience working with this population, but most of all, we were thrilled to have been able to serve this community and provide them with much needed educational information and healthcare services.”

Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS, sentimented that AMPHS services are needed in the most underserved communities.

“This health screening was one of our most successful events to date. We saw just how many underserved community members are illiterate and really needed our help understanding the basics of healthcare,” he said.

Event pics will be available soon!

AMPHS Health Screening a Big Hit at Stuyvesant Gardens Senior Housing

July 31, 2012

The staff at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) completed its first health screening among several slated this summer at the New York City Housing Authority Centers in Brooklyn.  On this past Saturday, July 28, they visited the Senior Center at Stuyvesant Gardens located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

AMPHS took their stethoscopes, screening surveys and equipment to serve the elderly community of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.  The clinical staff saw a total of 26 seniors ranging in age from sixty (60) to ninety (90), and performed blood pressure, vision acuity, memory screenings, and HIV swab screenings.  Many of the seniors who participated resided in the complex, others were referred by friends and family, and others learned of the screening while attending a barbeque function at the facility.

Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales, AMPHS helped
welcome the seniors and helped them complete their surveys.  “The seniors were very open and receptive to participating in the screening,” she said.  “For the most part, they knew exactly what they wanted to be screened for” she continues.

A range of issues came up with the seniors such as Stage 2 hypertension and risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.  The clinical team was prepared and was able to provide advice and resources.  Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, and a clinical staff member commented, “We were able to catch two community members with very high blood pressure who we were able to alert, give resources and advice to.”  Mon Yuck Yu, a clinical staff member, shared the same sentiments,

“I was amazed to hear from a number of the seniors that even though they have personal doctors, their physicians only gave them very limited options and advice.  It was extremely gratifying to be able to speak with seniors and provide the proper advice to help them lead healthier lives.”

Chiu also spoke about an experience the team had with a difficult case,

“We also had a particular senior who could not speak, eat, swallow, or sleep at night, and we were able to connect him to centers nearby who can help treat his condition – and for that, he was so extremely grateful that we made a difference in his life for him to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.”

After their screenings, all of the seniors had great things to say about their experiences with the staff.  All thought that their screeners treated them with respect, care, and helped them answer their questions and concerns.  Many indicated that they would return for another screening if one were offered, and refer their friends and family.  “Everyone had a great time and left with smiles on their faces.” Latesha Richards said.

Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS and a clinical staff member made sentiments of how proud and fulfilled he was serving the healthcare needs of seniors:

“It was another fulfilling experience, where we were able to screen the elderly for cardiovascular risk factors and risk of dementia.  Many of the elderly were very grateful we came out and took our time to listen, care, and help them as best we could.”

Mon Yuck Yu, also commented on her experience,

“Participating in the event really made me feel like I was helping the seniors obtain a very important and personalized service – something that is often lacking when we look at today’s healthcare system.  It was extemely touching to listen to the stories that the seniors had to say; it is evident that they have gone through so much in their lives, and that they deserve a greater level of care.  That is something we strive for at AMPHS.”

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.

The AMPHS Team with Renee Carr

AMPHS Team with Mr. John Liu, NYC Comptroller

AMPHS Partners with Project Renewal for Mammogram Screening on June 23rd

April 23, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is partnering with Project Renewal to conduct mammography screenings for eligible women during its “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Among other partnerships built for conducting specific medical screenings, this is AMPHS’ first partnership with a mammography screening service.  Mrs. Adriene Clark, V.P., Community Engagement, AMPHS says, that “we [AMPHS] are moving forward as a health organization in building relationships with community non-profits and organizations dedicated to providing needed healthcare services.  We are working hard to continuously identify the changing healthcare needs of the community and filling in those needs with organizations that share our same mission.”

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AMPHS Clinical Volunteers Trained to Serve Our Communities

Date: March 21, 2012

Seeing our first community member coming up the steps, eyes open wide and expecting, we rush to help.  We know we can make a difference and we are eager to.  Hello sir, my name is Barbara and I am a volunteer here at AMPHS.  Now that is one statement we will never get tired of saying.”  – Ms. Barbara Olivier, Coordinator of Youth Programs and Clinical Volunteer, AMPHS

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has been committed to rigorously training their clinical volunteers to provide the highest standard of healthcare services to community members.  Through a combination of lecture sessions, recitation sessions, laboratory sessions, and clinical rotations, volunteers have been trained in matters relating to community members’ confidentiality such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, initial encounters, communication and referral, as well as areas in medicine such as general screening procedures, optometry, cardiology, respiratory, and memory and cognition.

AMPHS performs the majority of their health screenings, as part of the Community Health Project, in the Sunset Park neighborhood, a large immigrant community of Brooklyn.  AMPHS makes significant effort during its training program to expose and educate volunteers on regulatory requirements such as HIPAA to ensure every community member’s information is kept confidential, in fostering a diversified volunteer staff to meet the ethnicity demands of New York’s melting pot of community members, and train and provide understanding around the religiosity impact on healthcare decisions.

Mrs. Adriene Clark, Vice President of Community Engagement, AMPHS says,  “AMPHS ensures that these [above] important community concerns are upheld through continuous training efforts that are in place at the beginning as well as during each volunteer’s time spent working at AMPHS.”

She goes on to say, “AMPHS seeks to be all inclusive in its approach to ensuring that there exists qualified and competent volunteers to attend to those community members we serve by applying a multifaceted approach to the volunteers’ experience.”

The clinical training program, a mandatory program for all individuals interested in becoming an AMPHS clinical volunteer and taking part in the organization’s Community Health Project, requires volunteers to be dedicated and motivated to learn and study the subject matter, and are tested on the  information acquired in the program.  Volunteers must obtain 36 hours of clinical training and score a minimum of a B average in the program before being able to offer non-evasive heath screenings.

Mr. Jonathan Gettinger, Coordinator of Community Health Services, AMPHS and a clinical volunteer gave an account of his experience in the clinical training program, “The clinical training program, as taught by Hewett Chiu, has provided me with the essential skills necessary to help further AMPHS’ mission of providing free health services to the community, as well as all those who need it.  I now feel confident in my ability to provide the medical services that AMPHS regularly delivers.”

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

To get involved with AMPHS and become a clinical volunteer, please contact Mon Yuck Yu at: mon.yuck.yu@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