Hewett Chiu

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.

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How will you spend your money this holiday? Your gift may be worth a life!

AMPHS Community Health Screening

AMPHS Community Health Screening

The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a nonprofit organization founded on the principle that healthcare is not a privilege, but a human right made freely available to anyone who needs it. AMPHS is dedicated to bringing healthcare access and resources to underprivileged community members across the nation, beginning with New York City. As the year comes to a close, AMPHS is striving  to keep its programs running and we are in great need for the financial support to help the thousands of community members who do not have access to healthcare.

This holiday season, please consider making a donation to AMPHS to ensure that we are able to do even greater things with our vision for increasing healthcare access and for continuing our programs and services, which have impacted the lives of nearly 1000 people. Consider the words of our President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, as he speaks about the significant impact of year-end funding for the organization: “As a fairly new organization with such potential, we are in great need of your donation to help us reach our humble fundraising goal of just $2,500…We are having difficulties maintaining our monthly expenses to keep our community facilities open for our screenings and for community members to use as a safe haven for seeking healthcare…We already have our volunteers standing by and ready to help–we just need your contribution to make it happen.” 

An Earnest Request from President & CEO Hewett Chiu

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President and CEO, Hewett Chiu

November 2012

Dear Family and Friends of AMPHS,

Heading into 2012, we at AMPHS told ourselves that this is going to be a game-changing year.  In many respects, we were right, and in many respects, we were not.

This year, we saw a absolute unimaginable growth in all aspects of AMPHS.  Just to highlight a few examples of our achievements:

  • We have developed full comprehensive family health screenings, with monthly disease-specific programming and testing
  • We have built a strong team of clinical volunteers including physicians, nurses, medical students, and general volunteers
  • We have a dedicated Language Support Services team and a Health Education team to provide culturally-senstive support and long-term health coaching to immigrant families, increasing patient compliance and health literacy
  • We have started on-the-spot enrollment for health insurance and prescription assistance programs with partnering organizations, helping underprivileged families break the barrier to healthcare access immediately
  • We have been recognized by major council members, assembly people, community boards, large local hospitals, and several other government offices for our work in the community
  • We have developed specific community prevention and disease management programs for Cardiovascular Disease and  Alzheimer’s Disease
  • We have built a Community Research & Resource Center in our Brooklyn Community Center where families are free to come in and access health resources, personalized disease and condition specific information, and perform medical research in a variety of languages
  • And of course, in terms of numbers, we have served 948 community members to date (almost reaching 1,000!!), with 423 free comprehensive health screenings completed

However, what hasn’t changed is the continual need for long-term supporters like you.  This year, more than ever, we are relying on your generous and unwavering support to keep our programs running.  As a fairly new organization with such potential, we are in great need of your donation to help us reach our humble fundraising goal of just $2,500.  How will your contribution help?

We are having difficulties maintaining our monthly expenses to keep our community facilities open for our screenings and for community members to use as a safe haven for seeking healthcare.  All our funds are diverted to meeting our monthly expenses while there are still so many community members relying on our current and new programs as their sole source of healthcare.  Your contribution, no matter how small or big, no matter a dollar or a hundred dollars, will help us mobilize our full community health programs – screenings, health coaching, health education and research – to the many other communities who need it more than ever, especially after recent disasters.  We too, have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Our major funding sources have retracted a large portion of our revenues for the rest of this year to divert to hurricane relief efforts, and we are trying so hard to patch up this funding gap of just $2,000.

I have seen and spoken to so many families in the past weeks who so desperately need assistance at this very moment, only to realize that we may not be able to help them.  We already have our volunteers standing by and ready to help – we just need your contribution to make it happen.  Please consider being one of our first supporters, and know that you made an immediate difference in the life of a neighbor today.  I personally thank you for your dedication and support in this great time of need.

I wish you and your family a warm and safe holiday season.

Hewett Chiu

President & CEO

P.S. To save time and resources donate online today @ http://bit.ly/amphsholiday!

Join AMPHS in Congratulating President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, for his 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year Nomination

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), President & CEO, Hewett Chiu, was recently nominated for recognition as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year.

Join AMPHS in congratulating him for his nomination.  Send Hewett your congratulatory note below!

AMPHS President & CEO Nominated as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year

June 21, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), announced that their President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, was nominated for recognition as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City’s 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year, and is one of the five (5) finalists.

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York City (YNPN-NYC) supports the professional development of the next generation of nonprofit leaders by providing opportunities for skill-building, information sharing, and networking.

“Hewett founded the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services as a college freshman to fill in the gaps of healthcare. He wanted to increase healthcare access to underprivileged community members, making healthcare not a privilege, but a basic human right. In just two years and devoting a minimum of 20 hours per week to the cause, he grew the organization to become a recognized leader in health access as a community referral center. Hewett built a strong team of over 40 volunteers, completed over 215 free comprehensive community health screenings for cardiovascular risk factors, developed and implemented a sustainable community health model, and opened a community patient library for health education and research,” said one of his supporters.

All five finalists will be honored and the 2012 Nonprofiteer of the Year will be announced at YNPN-NYC’s upcoming anniversary event on June 28th.

AMPHS congratulates President and CEO, Hewett Chiu, for receiving this prestigious nomination.

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.

AMPHS Celebrates Its 2 Year Anniversary!

Date: March 25, 2012

(AMPHS Leadership Team; From left: Sandy Truong, V.P. Corporate Development, Sandra George, SVP, Operations & COO, Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, David Fitzgerald, SVP, Human Resources & CPO, and Mon Yuck Yu, Chief of Staff)

On March 25, 2012, the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) celebrated the 2 year anniversary of its founding!  AMPHS was founded in March 2010 on the principle that healthcare should be a basic right to anyone who needs it. 

Since the organization’s inception, AMPHS National has accomplished a long litany of goals.  To date, AMPHS National has impacted over 600 community members with health education materials, screened over 200 community members during its health fairs and screenings, taught and trained more than 150 students in CPR and First Aid, and critical skills needed in the medical field during its medical bootcamp training courses, and other emergency preparedness programs.  AMPHS has also reached out to more than 30 donors and fundraisers.

In addition, AMPHS has expanded and continues to expand its the leadership team, management personnel, partners, associates and volunteer base with individuals who are passionate about social entrepreneurship, health and medicine, and making a real difference within their local communities.  AMPHS National is composed of a diverse, talented array of staff members who specialize in various fields of practice, from clinical medicine to research to project management and integration.

Since its founding, AMPHS has also reached several significant milestones, including:

  • the building of a team of over 20 volunteers;
  • holding over 15 comprehensive health screening events for more than 200 community members in Sunset Park, Brooklyn;
  • participating in three business plan competitions and winning over $20,000 in seed grants;
  • teaching over 15 life support classes in collaboration with medical specialists and professionals;
  • forming sixteen community partnerships with community organizations;
  • becoming nominated as finalist for the prestigious StayClassy New Nonprofit Philanthropy Award and for Ashoka Foundation’s Click 4 Change Challenge, Recipient of the Nissenson Family Foundation Grant (2010),  Grant Finalists of Catherine B. Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (2011) and winning the LEARN for Life Consulting Charity of the Month Award (2012)
  • networking and increasing our presence in the community among 89 religious organizations, as well as the National Action Network and Council Member offices.
  • publishing a bimonthly online medical humanities journal, the AMPHS National Pulse;
  • opening a Community Research & Resource Center to provide community members and AMPHS volunteers with a vast database of medical resources for research and self-help; and
  • becoming one of the first non-profits across the nation to adopt an Electronic Medical Record system, streamlining the productivity and efficiency of business operations, patient care efforts, and clinical programs.

    Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS

AMPHS’ President & CEO, Hewett Chiu reflects on the success of the organization in the past 2 years, “The core of AMPHS’ success is rooted in each and every individual’s commitment to the AMPHS pillars: Passion, Innovation, Leadership, Loyalty, Accountability, Respect, and Service.  This is what defines AMPHS’ unique corporate culture.” 

Mr. Chiu continues to shed light on the organization’s vision and 5-year goals, “AMPHS strives to be a premiere interdisciplinary medical and public health organization, building faith and transparency within our communities.  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.  We want to be recognized as a patient referral center for healthcare access by primary care physicians in the Sunset Park community by the end of 2012.  In 2015, we are looking to open another health and wellness center in NYC in addition to our current Brooklyn center and by 2017, we want to create a model healthcare system that can be implemented in any New York City community to meet the individual needs of that 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 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