Community Health Screenings

AMPHS Offers Memory Screenings and CPR Demonstrations this Summer

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We are delighted to announce that AMPHS has been invited to participate in a number of screening events this summer! In partnership with the Chinese-American Planning Council, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and CAIPA (Chinese-American Independent Practice Association), AMPHS will help increase awareness among seniors of dementia risk and to enhance community preparedness.

Please contact Ravi Joshi, our Chief Operating Officer, at ravi.joshi@amphsonline.org if you would like to schedule demonstrations and screenings at your organization.

We also offer group certification course. Please contact faculty.resources@amphsonline.org if you are interested!

 

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Join us for Women’s Health Month!

pink ribbonAMPHS offers a host of health screening facilities for women in Brooklyn. These include a physical exam, screenings for blood pressure, heart abnormalities, vision, memory and sexually transmitted diseases. In collaboration with Project Renewal and Latino Commission on AIDS, we will also be offering free mammograms, HIV, and Hepatitis C screenings this month at our monthly in-house screening event on May 10, 2014 between 1pm and 5pm.

Please be on the lookout for our newsletters for more screenings; and do not hesitate to contact us at clinical.services@amphsonline.org or (212) 256-9036 to schedule a health screening at your institution!

 

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Love to snack? Make it a healthy one.

applesAlthough you may feel bad about eating between meals, snacks are not necessarily bad. In fact, well-planned weight-loss programs allow for snacks to help manage hunger between meals and reduce binge eating. For instance, eating fruits, nuts or raw vegetables can curb your hunger without ruining your appetite for the next meal. The most important thing to keep in mind while choosing snack items is balance and moderation. 

Use this list of healthy snack items as a start:

1. Low-fat bran muffin with low-fat yogurt

2. Fresh berries with soy milkalmonds

3. Bananas and pistachios

4. Apple wedges and raw almonds

5. String cheese and seven-grain bread

For more healthy snacking options, visit:

http://www.cancercenter.com/community/nutritional-support/healthy-snacking/?source=OUTBRAIN

 

 

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/

It’s Heart Health Month! Tips to maintain a healthy heart

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1) Get screened!  You never know what conditions you may have if don’t find out. Many cardiovascular conditions are asymptomatic (you can’t really tell you have them).  Some screenings to consider: Blood Pressure, BMI, Cholesterol, and if you know you have a heart condition, an EKG or Stress EKG screening. Call us at (212) 256-9036 to schedule a screening appointment.

2) Get Trained!  You don’t want to be stuck figuring out what to do when an emergency strikes. Learn how to appropriately respond to heart attacks and other medical emergencies. You can truly save the life of a loved one one day. At a minimum, consider CPR/AED and First Aid trainings. AMPHS offers trainings in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Register today!

3) Know the Signs!  Know what the signs are for heart attacks so when it happens to you, you can take action. This includes pain in the center of the chest spreading up to the jaw, shoulders, down the arms, and even down to your abdomen; shortness of breath; dizziness; profuse sweating; and a feeling of doom.  If you ever have any of these feelings, don’t ignore them!  Take them seriously and call 9-1-1.  If you have an aspirin handy, take one and chew it while waiting for EMS.  If you are on nitroglycerin, take it according to your doctor’s recommendations. This is really serious, and can mean the difference between life and death!

If you follow these three steps, you are on your way to better heart health.

AMPHS Receives Barman’s Fund Donation to Support Community Health Project

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(3) Barman's Fund PhotoThe Academy of Medical and Public Health Services recently received a generous donation of $1,865 from the Barman’s Fund. The Barman’s Fund is a diverse assortment of bartenders who pledge one shift a month for charitable organizations. Each bartender donates every dollar they make on from that particular shift to a charitable organization. The Barman’s Fund also contacts not-for-profits to find needs that need to be fulfilled, whether on the programming or administrative end. The Barman’s Fund was founded by Brian Floyd and currently has donated over $100,000 to various organizations, with chapters in New York City, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

AMPHS plans to use this donation to buy glucose testing machines and more advanced screening equipment, giving AMPHS the opportunity to improve the capacity of its current services and to start screening community members for diabetes. More advanced screening equipment will include balance beam scales, blood pressure cuffs, eye charts, and vaccination tools. The donation from The Barman’s Fund further opens the door for new medical screenings and allows AMPHS to better help the Sunset Park community. So have some fun at your local bar and “drink with a purpose!”

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 Partners with Vision USA to Offer Free Ophthalmology Check-ups

November 5, 2012

By Adriana Cardenas

Image Source: Eye Doctor Guide

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has partnered with Vision USA to help  eligible individuals apply for ophthamology check-ups at no cost to Brooklyn residents. AMPHS is the only organization authorized to offer Vision USA services in Brooklyn.

During our in-house screenings, clinical volunteers will continue to offer the routine Snellen eye checks but if they find that the community member needs prescription glasses, they will assist them in applying for VisionUSA service and professional follow-up.  To apply for these free ophthamology services, a community member must work with a charitable organization (such as AMPHS), a social worker, case worker, or a community health agency to submit an application.

Vision USA was created in 1991 by The Optometry Cares and the American Optometric Association (AOA) Foundation to provide basic eye examinations to low income Americans across the U.S. Vision USA is currently available in 40 states.

“We are delighted to partner with Vision USA,” Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS, said. “Their commitment to provide free eye examinations to people in need was a perfect fit for our community members in Sunset Park.” 

All community members who need vision examinations and cannot afford health insurance are very welcome to apply through AMPHS at anytime. AMPHS also provides health screenings once a month which include: body mass index assessment, blood pressure measurement, heart and respiration rate, oxygen saturation, memory and HIV screenings, nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations. All screenings are FREE and strictly confidential.

We are continuously working hard to identify the healthcare needs of this community,” Chiu said. “This is one of many services that we’re adding to our growing list of preventative healthcare offerings.”

About AMPHS

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.

About Vision USA

Vision USA is a program created by The Optometry Cares and the AOA Foundation.  This foundation was incorporated as a non-profit and strives to expand eye health and vision care access to everyone in the U.S. Vision USA was created in 1991 to provide basic eye examinations to low income Americans across the U.S, and is currently available in 40 states.

Enroll in health insurance at AMPHS’ Health Screening on Nov 17th

November 5, 2012

For those of you who wish to sign up for healthcare insurance or have family, friends, and neighbors who need insurance, you can enroll in affordable healthcare insurance at Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS’) healthcare screening on Saturday, November 17th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM!  A facilitated enroller will be present to hand out information, answer your questions, and enroll you, your loved ones, and neighbors in affordable public healthcare plans.

Enrollment will be done by appointment only!  Please call to make an appointment:

English & Spanish speakers, call (646) 543-8830

Chinese speakers, call (646) 543-3018

Image Source: Pathology Project Files

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, AMPHS will be screening for risk factors for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. You don’t have to be 65 years of age or older to get screened!  Risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, Type-2 diabetes, genetics, and other risk factors may contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease or early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Because early-onset Alzheimer’s can happen before 65 years of age, we encourage community members as young as 21 years of age to screened, especially if the disease runs in the family.

Alzheimer’s Disease Screening and Public Health Insurance Enrollment

Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 1:00PM – 5:00PM

5306 Third Avenue at 53rd Street, 2nd floor,

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Screenings offered:

  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Body Mass Index Assessment (Height and Weight)
  • Dietary Consultation
  • Heart & Respiration Rate Screening
  • HIV Screening (Oral—Offered by Interfaith Medical Center)
  • Memory Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • Prescription Assistance (Offered by Big Apple Rx)
  • Public Health Insurance Enrollment *Appointment Necessary*

For health insurance enrollment, please call:

English & Spanish speakers, call (646) 543-8830

Chinese speakers, call (646) 543-3018

NO Insurance or ID Required!  Anyone of any age can get screened!  All screenings and consultations are free, strictly confidential and performed with your consent.

AMPHS National Brings Health Screenings to Faith Baptist Cathedral on May 27th

May 28, 2012

 (Above: AMPHS Clinical Volunteer Team)

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) attended its first health fair hosted by Faith Baptist Cathedral yesterday, Sunday, May 27th in Hempstead, Long Island, where members of the church’s congregation picked up free health resources information, healthy snack giveaways, dental kits, and signed up for various health screenings conducted by AMPHS clinical volunteers.

At the fair, AMPHS clinical volunteers conducted blood pressure screenings, height and weight measurements, visual/oculomotor screenings, and memory screenings.  Also represented at the fair were representatives from Interfaith Medical Center who conducted HIV screenings, Educational Alliance who distributed information on seeking help for alcohol and substance abuse, nurses from Nassau Community Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering, and United Family Dental, a dental office located just next door to the Cathedral.

Health information ranged from cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure to diet, eating healthy, and various women’s reproductive issues.

Over 20 church congregants and community members were screened.

“In an economy where worrying about job layoffs are common and healthcare is a secondary concern, I’m happy there’s a place of refuge that can fill the gaps in my general healthcare.  Having high blood pressure and being able to obtain a free reading was such a blessing,” commented a Faith Baptist Church congregant.

“Those who completed their screenings left with smiles on their faces having

been informed and even relieved about their health” said Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing and Sales, AMPHS.  I was speaking with a church congregant who completed all of the screenings, and he commented that the health screening fair for the congregation was an excellent idea, and that it was important for people to know their health status even between regular doctor visits, health check-ups and physicals.  He seemed quite impressed and happy about the professional interactions, treatment and knowledge of the clinical volunteers.”

Mrs. Adriene Clark, VP, Community Engagement and member of Faith Baptist said, “I am honored to have been a part of the efforts AMPHS put forth at the Faith Baptist’s Health Screening.  I was greeted by members of the church congregation who praised our volunteers for their mannerism, professionalism, and ability to respond to their questions and concerns.  I would like to personally thank each member of our staff for a job well done.”

According to the results of the satisfaction surveys, church congregants and community members rated the services, knowledge and attentiveness of staff very good to excellent, and some even commented that the volunteers were very caring, nice, courteous; they felt warm and welcomed; they were able to get a lot of helpful information for themselves and their families; and they want AMPHS services to be available to them more often.  Those of whom who were screened commented that they are likely to attend another health screening conducted by AMPHS and invite/refer their friends and family.

Reverend Joe Brown, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church weighed in, “Free healthcare services in the community are truly making a difference in the lives of many less fortunate and financially struggling members of the community who are faced with decisions of obtaining healthcare versus feeding their families.  Volunteers such as those I’ve witnessed at the health fair who are passionate, committed and dedicated are so hard to come by.  It is one thing for people to give money, but to give selflessly of their time, talents, and gifts truly speaks volumes.”

Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS said “I would like to personally thank Reverend Brown and Faith Baptist Cathedral for their monetary generosity and inviting us to be a part of the wonderful event.”

AMPHS received over $200 in donations from the church congregation.  All proceeds will be used toward the Community Health Project and organizing more health screenings.

Based on the results of the Faith Baptist Health Screening survey, would you be interested in having AMPHS conduct a free health screening in your neighborhood/community, at your school, organization or place of worship?

AMPHS invites you to attend their next health screening on Saturday, June 23rd held:

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

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