health and wellness

Join us for our May events!

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AMPHS In-House Health Screening

When: Saturday, May 10th  |  11PM – 5PM

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

Screening Services: Blood Pressure, Mammograms, Vision Testing, Dementia Screening, BMI Screening, Prescription Assistance, Health Insurance Assistance, Free/Low-cost Corrective Lenses, Health Education Material, Lifestyle Counseling, and More!

For appointments: call (212) 256-9036

 

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz Sunset Park Annual Health Fair

When: Saturday, 5/17/2014  |  12pm – 3pm

Where: Sunset Park Recreation Center, 43rd Street and 7th Avenue

Screening Services: Memory Screenings, CPR Demonstrations  

Walk-ins welcome; no appointment needed

 

Cholesterol Nutrition Workshop

When:Friday, 5/30/2014  |  10:30am – 11:30am

Where: United Sunset Senior Center, 475 53rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Schedule a Health Event with AMPHS at Your Center!

screening 3Community organizations are invited to schedule health events with us this spring. Here at AMPHS, we make our biggest impact by providing individuals the opportunity to interact with our clinicians and social workers as a group and one-on-one. While we hold monthly in-house screening events, much of our work takes place outside of our facilities with our community partners.

Organizations can choose among the following services that AMPHS routinely offers:

Health screenings, including BMI, blood pressure, vision, memory, HIV and hepatitis C screenings.

Health workshops related to disease, health and wellness, conducted in three languages (English, Spanish, Chinese).

Lifestyle plan and social service counseling, where clinical volunteers and social work staff will sit down with community members to evaluate and their lifestyle behaviors and social situations and provide the best lifestyle plan and health insurance, prescription, and vision assistance options.

screeningHealth-related services are desperately needed in communities like Sunset Park, where many people have not seen a healthcare professional in years. In addition, many are unwilling to see a doctor because they haven’t seen one in years, and are afraid of costs that might incur or potential deportation if they are undocumented. Issues like mental health are highly stigmatized and people are not motivated to attend counseling sessions or workshops. To help deal with some of these issues, AMPHS offers its services in a safe, comfortable environment. AMPHS is blind to identification and insurance status and offers its services to the community at large, regardless of whether or not community members can afford them.

Mon Yuck Yu, AMPHS’ Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, has volunteered at several such events at hewett w CMUnited Sunset Senior Citizens Center in Brooklyn. Yu believes that “it is incredible the amount of impact we are able to make. Although many of the seniors have health insurance (like Medicare due to their age), there are many who fall through the gaps, and are unable to afford certain procedures or whose primary care physicians don’t communicate with them in the right ways. Our counseling has really helped them discover the path to better health. Some people would come up to us after the workshops to ask questions that don’t even get answered by a regular physician. For example, one person from a previous screening had extremely low blood pressure and after speaking with one of our clinical volunteers, was told that he needed to simply drink more water to alleviate his condition, which his doctor did not inform him about because he did not look close enough at his diet and lifestyle behaviors…Clinical Staff Member Takes BPin fact, many people have trouble believing that we are offering all of these services for free.”

Kathleen Tam, who has served as the Chinese translator for a number of health screenings recalls: “Older community members are eager to participate in the health education sessions. They usually gather and listen to us. I think they learn something new about how to stay healthy every time we go in. They also take our handouts home and share with their family and friends.”

Community members who attend screening and healthcare-related workshops will return to AMPHS for longer follow-up care and to seek additional social services. While AMPHS does not substitute a regular provider, it attempts to be the intermediary providing community members with the knowledge of their health risk factors, prevention methods, and resources for health access.

Caring for Seizures: First Aid Tips

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Photo credit : The Epilepsy Foundation

Seizures (colloquially known as ‘fits’) can be caused by a variety of reasons, and can have a wide range of symptoms. Some seizures can cause the person to fall on the floor (generalized tonic-clonic seizures), whereas in others, the individual can have staring spells (absence seizures).

Seizures and epilepsy are not the same thing! A seizure is an abnormal movement or behavior caused due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, whereas epilepsy is the presence of spontaneous, unprovoked seizures. People of any age can have epilepsy – the causes and symptoms of epilepsy are varied, as are the treatment options. 1 in 26 people in the US have epilepsy, so it’s better to educate oneself about seizures and epilepsy. 

How should you react and provide care if you encounter someone experiencing a seizure?

  1. First, keep calm!
  2. Help prevent injury by removing sharp objects around the person, and by putting something soft and flat under the person’s head. Remove eyeglasses and loosen ties.

TIP: Contrary to popular belief, do not place anything in the person’s mouth, as this can cause injury to the jaw, teeth or tongue.

3.  Time the seizure! Call 911 in the following situations: if the seizure continues for more than five minutes, if the person has been injured or is in pain, or if the individual is pregnant.

TIP: Do not hold the person down or try to stop his/her movements. This can cause injury to the person. If the person is thrashing around, there is no need for you to restrain them. Remember to consider your safety as well. 

4.    Turn the person gently to one side to keep airway clear.

5.    Stay with the person and reassure him/her once the seizure is over.

For more information, visit

http://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/basics/first_aid.htm

http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/firstaid

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/epilepsy/epilepsy.htm

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Check Out AMPHS’ February Programs!

Blood pressure screening

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) invites you to attend our February screening events. Appointments are preferred for all in-house screenings. Make sure you reserve your spot well in advance for priority service!

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Heart Awareness Month AMPHS Health Screening

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014  |  1pm – 5pm

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

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. Given that February is Heart Health month, we will also be distributing resources related to a healthy heart.

Diabetes Foot Care Workshop

When: Friday, February 21st, 2014  |  10am – 11am

Where: United Sunset Senior Center, 475 53rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220

No appointments necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

AMPHS will be providing a free workshop on proper methods for podiatric care among diabetic patients. Come learn about the proper lifestyle behaviors you need to follow!

Feeling down this winter?

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Just as there are ailments of the body, there are some ailments that affect the mind. Seeking help from a doctor for mental health issues is just like going to the doctor for pain and aches, so do not hesitate to consult your doctor if you suspect you or a loved one in need of mental support.

However, be aware some medical conditions like thyroid issues and anemia can also cause symptoms similar to those of depression. Ensure that you speak with your doctor about the conditions you are experiencing so he can prescribe the appropriate plan of action.

Another phenomenon to remember, especially in these frigid winter months, is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is normal to feel the ‘winter blues’ once in a while, but do see a doctor if feelings of hopelessness, depression, loss of energy, change in sleep patterns and appetite last for days, and if you can’t seem to motivate yourself to participate in activities you usually enjoy. SAD is believed to be caused by the lack of sunlight, which affects your regular circadian rhythm and create chemical changes in the serotonin in your body that regulates your mood. Generally, your physician will prescribe light therapy as treatment, where you will use a special lamp designed to adjust your mood for a couple of hours each day.

Here are more ways for maintaining a healthy and active mind:

Meditating in an urban environment Photo Credit : Wikimedia Commons

Meditating in an urban environment
Photo Credit : Wikimedia Commons

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Learn to relax!
  • Laugh everyday.
  • Help others.
  • Make time for fun.
  • Learn how to manage stress.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Be physically active.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.
  • Appreciate nature.

For more information, visit

http://www.mhcgm.org/uploads/pdfs/mental-wellness-tips.pdf

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/index.shtml

Contributors: Sloka Iyengar, Ph.D., Alice Bonner, RN

Protect yourself from the flu this winter!

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Effects of the influenza virus on various systems of the body.
Photo Credit : Wikimedia Commons

Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a serious, contagious viral infection that causes symptoms such as chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. The most common ways of transmission of the virus are through aerosols (coughing, sneezing), or through contaminated surfaces. Since the virus can be inactivated by soap, frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the flu. If you have unfortunately contracted the virus, stay home so as not to spread the virus to others.

It is important to remember that the flu is not just a bad cold – it can be a threatening condition with grave consequences. Vaccination for the flu is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. High-risk populations (children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and health care workers) should get vaccinated every year.

To find out where to get your flu shot this season, visit:  http://flushot.healthmap.org/#

For more information about the flu and influenza vaccinations, visit

http://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/flu-season-time-to-get-vaccinated-2013.html

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

AMPHS Partners with Latino Commission on AIDS to offer Hep C Screenings

latino aids logoAMPHS is honored to announce that beginning November 2013, it will initiate a partnership with the Latino Commission on AIDS to provide community members with Hepatitis C and HIV/ AIDS screenings during AMPHS’ in-house events.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 with the goal of preventing and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community—one of the primary populations that AMPHS serves. Founded in New York, the Commission is now active in 40 US states and Puerto Rico. Recognizing that factors such as social stigma, language barriers, immigration status, and accessibility are preventing people from seeking care leading to higher infection rates, the organization offers a range of services to address these issues:

  • Access to knowledge – Organizing campaigns that educate the general public about HIV prevention and treatment.
  • HIV prevention Working closely with organizations serving women, adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community to implement programs for HIV prevention.
  • Advocacy – Organizing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, a country-wide event for HIV testing, prevention and education.
  • Research – Collecting, analyzing, and publishing data in peer-reviewed journals.
Hep C Fingerstick Test Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hep C Fingerstick Test
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hepatitis C is a disease closely linked to HIV/AIDS that is caused by the hepatitis C virus and primarily affects the liver. Infection with the virus can lead to illness that could be very mild to a condition that is very serious, leading up to liver cancer and cirrhosis. In a manner similar to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, so prevention is the best cure.

Working closely with the Hispanic population of Sunset Park, AMPHS recognizes that hepatitis is a common, but under-diagnosed disease affecting a number of community members in the area. The two organizations hope that the partnership will help address invisible cases of the disease and provide community members with the proper treatment options, regardless of health insurance and documentation status.

Screening for hepatitis C consists of fingerstick blood tests to determine whether a person has the hepatitis virus and measure the quantity of virus in the blood and its genetic makeup. It is usually conducted alongside a HIV oral swab test. Results for both tests are ready after 20 minutes. Individuals tested positive for Hepatitis C will be referred for follow-up testing and treatment with a primary care physician.

For more information about the Latino Commission on AIDS, visit

http://www.latinoaids.org/.

Stay Prepared during National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month! Last year, Hurricane Sandy took 286 lives, destroyed 15,000 homes, and incurred over $68 billion in damages. With hurricane season rolling in, how are you and your family staying prepared? Take this time to review your emergency plans; whether it’s a natural disaster or house fire, having an emergency plan in place ensures that you and your loved ones stay safe and have a place to turn in times of crisis. Here are some tips to get you started:

DSC_01421. Get Trained in CPR/AED and First Aid

Did you know that 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, especially in the times of natural disasters? Natural disasters also escalate environmental hazards, such as poisonous gases from leaks, electrical hazards from fallen power lines, proliferation of stray animals from the wild, and fallen debris. These can cause serious injuries if you do not take the proper level of caution and care. Get trained to prepare yourself to care for others who may be victims of heart attacks or injuries from natural disasters. Take an American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid class with AMPHS to get trained in the necessary skills to protect you and your family. We offer classes in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

2. Prepare a Shelter-in-Place Emergency Supply Kit

Because public assistance may not be available in all areas following a disaster, emergency supply kits are important to help families ensure self-sufficiency during that period. Not only are kits essential to shelter-in-place at home, they are also helpful for staying in a public shelter or workplace that lacks important necessities. While it is possible to purchase a pre-packaged kit with basic survival items, such as food, water, and first aid supplies, a level of personalization is needed to ensure that your kits are set for any disaster. Here are some recommended items to consider:

Emergency Shelter Kit (Photo Credit: LifeSource)

Emergency Shelter Kit
(Photo Credit: LifeSource)

Basic

  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.

  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, ready-to-eat food for the entire family.

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries.

  • Phone that does not require electricity and/or cell phones with chargers.

  • First aid kit.

  • Whistle or bell to signal for help.

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air.

  • Ear plugs, for noisy environments.

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.

  • Moist towelettes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

  • Tools, such as wrench or pliers, to turn off utilities and to fix damaged items.

  • Hand crank can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).

  • Map of the local area.

  • Photocopies of identification documents and ATM/credit cards in waterproof, portable containers.

  • Extra sets of house and car keys.

  • Paper and pencil.

Bedding/Clothing/Eating Needs

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.

  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Kits that contain paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

  • Poncho for rainy weather, blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

General Health Needs

  • List of medications members of household take and their dosages; copies of prescription slips.

  • Prescription medications, glasses, and contact lens solution.

  • Iodine tablets or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper.

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items (e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, etc.).

Children Needs

  • Infant formula and diapers.

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities.

  • Pediatrician contact information.

For Elderly or Disabled Family Members

  • Back-up medical equipment and supplies (e.g. medication, scooter battery, hearing aids and batteries, oxygen, facemasks, gloves). If a family member usually uses a motorized wheelchair, try to have a standard wheelchair for emergencies.

  • Style and serial numbers of medical devices (e.g. pacemakers) and usage instructions.

  • Spare cane or walker, for use especially if one gets lost or broken during an emergency.

  • List of family members’ medications and special medical conditions and/or prescription slips, if available.

Financial / Business Needs

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. Also consider putting these items in bank safe.

  • Cash or traveler’s checks and extra rolls of change (especially quarters).

  • PDA, laptop, or tablet with chargers.

  • Office telephone /fax/email contact list and personnel roster.

  • Back-up hard drive or USB. Also consider backing up documents in cloud-based systems.

Supplies for Your Vehicle

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Maps and/or GPS system (rely on this only if car charger works).

  • CPR and first aid kit and manual.

  • White distress flag.

  • Tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump and flares, extra tires.

  • Lightsticks and emergency candles.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods such as granola bars; water purification tablets.

  • Seasonal supplies: Winter – blanket, hat, mittens, shovel, sand, tire chains, windshield scraper, florescent distress flag; Summer – sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater), shade items (umbrella, wide brimmed hat, etc).

  • Car phone charger.

  • Crank radio (ideally with phone charging and lantern light); solar radios.

  • [Duplicate] emergency contact lists, medication lists, provider contact information.

3. Pack a Go-Bag

Go-Bag  (Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

Go-Bag
(Photo Credit: Freebies2Deals)

Go-bags are portable packs that contain a collection of things you will need in case you or your family needs to leave in a hurry. Each member of your family should pack a go-bag. Go-bags should be sturdy and easy to carry, and heavy items should be left at home. Go-bags are available for purchase, but just like emergency supply kits, would benefit from some level of customization. Dig out a couple of old backpacks and start with the following items:

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)

  • Extra set of car and house keys

  • Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash, especially in small denominations. We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand. Keep a roll of quarters at hand as well.

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars

  • Flashlight (LED flashlights preferred since they have longer life spans)

  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio

  • Extra batteries

  • List of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages.

  • Medication information and other essential personal items. If you store extra medication in your Go Bag, be sure to refill it before it expires.

  • First-aid kit

  • Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map

  • Child care supplies or other special care items

  • USB drive or hard drive with important back-up documents (or consider cloud storage options like Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, or Google Drive)

4. Develop a 5-Step Family Preparedness Plan

Emergency Evacuation Plan (Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Emergency Evacuation Plan
(Photo Credit: Emergency Plan Experts)

Sit down with your family to create a preparedness plan. Make sure that everyone is aware of it and practices it constantly. Here are the five basic steps to a preparedness plan:

1) Do your homework. Research local hazards in your area and resources to keep you prepared.

2) Create a family disaster plan. Decide on the best escape routes from your home, where to meet, and who you can stay with. Consider creating a “Family Emergency Response Team.”

3) Make a preparedness checklist and periodically update it. Items on the checklist should be done on a regular basis, and can include: teaching family members how to use a fire extinguisher, learning basic first aid, and conducting a home hazard hunt.

4) Practice and maintain your plan. Schedule evacuation drills every six months and replace expired items in your emergency supply kit and go-bag(s).

5) Get involved. Become apart of community preparedness teams like CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or the Medical Reserve Corps.

5.  Stay Notified.

If you are a NYC resident, here are some ways to keep up-to-date with local emergency notifications.

  • NotifyNYCnotifynyc. Notify NYC is New York City’s emergency messaging program and official source for information about emergency events and important City services.  Sign up to receive free emergency information via email and text.

  • New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM). NYC OEM releases preparedness tips and up-to-date information on disaster relief efforts and evacuation zone maps. ready.govStay updated by regularly visiting their website.

  • Ready.gov. Learn to stay prepared and sign up to receive preparedness notifications online.

  • 4FEMA Text Messages. Receive monthly text messages from FEMA on how to stay prepared when emergencies strike.

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat can you do to get a better heart?

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.

Lending a Helping Hand, One Community Member at a Time

AMPHS is pleased to announce that over the course of the past three months, it has worked with ten community partners to hold and participate in twelve health awareness events and perform over 150 community health screenings. Screenings include cardiovascular screenings (blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, etc.), vision screenings, dementia screenings, and HIV testing. A number of community members have also participated in the AMPHS prescription, health insurance, and vision assistance programs.

Screening events have included in-house events at the AMPHS Headquarters and events sponsored by and held in collaboration with Affinity Health Plan, National Action Network, City Tech, Renaissance Men’s Residence, Offices of Assemblymembers Felix Ortiz and Annette Robinson, Shorefront Y, HealthFirst, Interfaith Medical Center, and Family Services Network of NY.

AMPHS is excited to continue partnerships with these organizations. Below are some highlights from recent summer events:

Renaissance Men’s Residence AMPHS Health Screening Event

The Renaissance Men’s Residence, a shelter for low-income male residents recently invited AMPHS to their location to perform health screenings for their residents and employees. The event, which took place between 12pm and 4pm on June 21st,  involved a full-scale AMPHS health screening that included screenings for vision, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. Other organizations, including Interfaith Medical Center and PSI were present to offer HIV testing and vaccinations. AMPHS volunteers, including Chief of Staff Mon Yuck Yu, President & CEO and Clinical Volunteer Hewett Chiu, Clinical Volunteer Alice Bonner, and summer interns Georgina Muri, Alexandra Lacqua, and Lisa Rennels, were present to distribute health materials, take health surveys, and perform clinical testing and counseling. AMPHS clinical volunteers Hewett Chiu and Alice Bonner performed 23 screenings and offered vision assistance for free/low-cost corrective lenses to 7 community members, making the event highly successful.

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Assemblymember Felix Ortiz Senior Health Day Event

AMPHS participated in NYS Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz’s First Annual Senior Health & Educational Resource Day, sponsored by HealthFirst, on Saturday, June 22nd  at the Sunset Park Recreation Center on 43rd Street in Brooklyn. Approximately  ten community members took advantage of the free and confidential AMPHS health screening services and received blood pressure checks, memory screenings, and counseling on how to stay healthy from AMPHS’ attending clinical volunteer, Tess Aldrich. AMPHS also distributed educational flyers and materials health topics including diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension. Senior Health Day was a day for both seniors and families. There was music and instructors leading tai-chi and zumba sessions, in addition to a free shoulder massage station for all participants. Other vendors included Prudential, TD Bank, Walgreens, and Grow NYC. Earlier in May, AMPHS also participated in Councilman Feliz Ortiz’s Women’s Empowerment Event, where it offered free health screenings and distributed health education materials to women and families alike.

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See May 11, 2013 Felix Ortiz Women’s Empowerment Event, a set on Flickr.

June Men’s Health Month & July Hepatitis Month AMPHS Health Screenings

AMPHS holds health and wellness-themed in-house screenings at the AMPHS office the third Saturday of every month. During June and July, AMPHS celebrated Men’s Health Month and Hepatitis Awareness Month with in-house health screenings, where it offered comprehensive screenings that ranged from measuring blood pressure for cardiovascular disease to memory screenings for dementia to counseling and referrals. AMPHS was able to successfully conduct screenings for nine community members, each appointment lasting approximately 40 minutes, compared to the nationwide average of 21 minutes for a doctor’s visit. Eight of the nine community members did not have health insurance.

According to attending clinical staff Hewett Chiu, “our screenings are unique because we are able to spend a considerable amount of time with each community member to understand their problems. We do not ask for documentation or insurance, so community members feel comfortable disclosing their health information to us. During one of our screenings, for example, one community member told us about the distress that she was feeling because her husband was suffering from chest pain. We referred her to visit the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a HHC member which offers cheaper co-pay options to undocumented immigrants. They ultimately had to pay only $15 for their clinic visit. For another community member, we found out that he had considerably high blood pressure and recommended lifestyle changes to ensure that he pursued healthier diet and lifestyle behaviors moving forward. We were also able to help some community members with poor vision obtain free glasses. With the rising costs of healthcare and the limitations of the Affordable Care Act, these services are extremely valuable for the undocumented and uninsured community that cannot afford frequent visits to health professionals.”

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AMPHS Chief of Staff Mon Yuck Yu with community member Jorge, who underwent the AMPHS vision assistance program to receive free prescription glasses. Jorge has had blurry vision for many years, but never had the resources to visit a doctor. This is the first time he has been able to actually see clearly–at almost no cost to him–because, ultimately, the right to see and the right to live healthy is a basic human right–a basic human right that AMPHS tries to achieve for all its clients.