National Action Network

AMPHS Heads Uptown for National Action Network Health Fair

September 10, 2012

National Action Network’s (NAN) Headquarters in Harlem, New York City.

Volunteers of Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) made their way to National Action Network’s (NAN) headquarters in Harlem, New York to participate as a vendor at their 2nd annual community health fair on Saturday, September 8th.  The event marks the second time this year AMPHS has been involved in NAN’s health-related activities. The event was scheduled to take place outdoors but moved indoors due to heavy rains.  It was also open to the public.

The heavy rain didn’t stop the health fair or AMPHS volunteers from traveling from Brooklyn to provide the much needed healthcare services for the community, primarily comprised of African Americans. AMPHS had a total of six volunteers, two of which were members of the clinical team who provided community members with blood pressure, memory and cognition, heart rate and respiration screenings, and nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations.

Twenty community members were provided with Community Health Resource session and healthcare overview, and many members received free Big Apple Rx cards that provide discounts for brand name and generic drug prescriptions. AMPHS screened a total of 26 people.

NAN’s 2nd annual community health fair was organized by Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson of the Health & Wellness Committee of NAN.

“Free music, Dancing Popcorn, ice cold juices, water and over 150 community members. If this sounds like a good time it was,” said Sandra George, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations. “Now add blood pressure screenings, nutritional counseling, health care resource information and a team of healthcare clinical and administrative staff. AMPHS was pleased to partner with NAN and offer health Screenings and provide healthcare resource information and counseling to the community.  Participating and having the opportunity to provide these important and needed services to the Harlem community was inspirational and fulfilling. More important was being able to provide these services in an atmosphere that was cheerful, comfortable and inviting to the community. AMPHS looks forward to a long relationship with the NAN Health and Wellness Committee.”

Latesha Richards, Director of Marketing, concurred. “We were so happy to have had the opportunity to bring our services to Harlem, work with the Health and Wellness Committee at NAN, and the Harlem community,” she said. “Based on the number of people who attended, and came to us to get screenings, we could tell that the need for healthcare services is great, and people are very interested in learning their healthcare status. All in all, we felt right at home there and had a wonderful time at the event.”

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Children’s Defense Fund, National Action Network, and Raising Women’s Voices to Participate in AMPHS’ June 23rd Health Fair

June 12, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), a non-profit healthcare organization, is pleased to announce that Children’s Defense Fund, National Action Network, and Raising Women’s Voices will be participating in its “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Health Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit organization in lower Manhattan that serves children and youth from impoverished families in the areas of justice, healthcare and education, will be providing needy families in Sunset Park with valuable information and resources to healthcare and healthcare insurance for their children.

Raising Women’s Voices is a national initiative working to ensure women’s voices are heard and their concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action.

Registered nurses from National Action Network”s Health and Wellness Committee, led by Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson, will also be in attendance to lend a helping hand to AMPHS in anticipation of the large turnout expected at the event.  Ms. Lisa Williams, RN will be one of the nurses present at the event.

“We expect this to be a wonderful event full of health screenings, health and wellness consultations, access to public healthcare resources, information, healthcare policy, fun and giveaways for the community of Sunset Park,” says Mr. Hewett Chiu, President & CEO, AMPHS.  “There is something from which every community member can benefit at this health fair, whether it be for themselves, their friends, relatives or children” he continues.

The event will be held on:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11220

9:00 – 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.

AMPHS Meets with National Action Network Leaders

March 22, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has been in preliminary talks with leaders from the Health & Wellness Committee of National Action Network (NAN).  These talks have been focusing on how the two organizations will partner together to further broaden the coverage of its healthcare services, and make an impact in the underprivileged communities of New York City that are in need of free and affordable healthcare access.

National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation, with 44 chapters throughout the U.S. and headquarters in Harlem, New York City.

Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Sandra George, Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, AMPHS and David A. Miller, Coordinator of Government Affairs, AMPHS, have been in meetings with Ms. Dominique Sharpton, NAN’s Director of Membership and the daughter of President & Founder of NAN, Reverend Al Sharpton and with Ms. Queenie Huling, Chairperson of the Health and Wellness Committee.   Ms. Huling is assisted by Co-Chair Ms. Lisa Williams, RN, and other committee members.  NAN’s Health and Wellness Committee organizes annual events such as the Annual Health Fair in August, mammogram screenings, flu shots, free dental van for children, and mental health seminars.

Mrs. George states, “We [AMPHS] are very excited about an opportunity to partner with National Action Network’s Health and Wellness Committee.  There are many opportunities available working with the Committee on health initiatives that will have a great impact on our local community at large.  They are also very excited and eager to work with us, and involving us jointly with their annual health events.  We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with NAN to further the organization’s mission and goals of making healthcare a right, not a privilege and making it available to all who need it.”

There is a need for healthcare services within New York City.  According to 2009 data released by the United Hospital Fund, approximately 16% of all New York City residents (including the 5 boroughs) who are considered non-elderly are uninsured.   Among the highest among the five boroughs were Queens with nearly 19% of non-elderly population is uninsured and the Bronx with 18%.  Manhattan comes in at nearly 13%.

Representatives from AMPHS will be attending and participating in NAN’s 14th Annual Convention held on April 11 – 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.  The conference will address issues in healthcare and other political and social issues affecting Americans today.

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

References:

  1. The United Hospital Fund. 2011.  Health Insurance Coverage in New York, 2009.  http://www.uhfnyc.org/assets/936.