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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!

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New Volunteers Join AMPHS

September 29, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services is happy to announce that the following volunteers have recently joined the team:

Shashank Agarwal has joined AMPHS as a Clinical Volunteer. Shashank is a doctor from India and is currently working as a Research Associate Intern in the Emergency Department at Bellevue Hospital. During medical school, he organized blood donations and polio immunizations. He planned to continue the same work when he decided to migrate to the U.S.. He discovered the work that AMPHS was doing, and wanted to contribute his clinical skills to improve health care for the underprivileged. Apart from work, he is passionate about sports. He plays volleyball and enjoys kayaking on the weekends.

Dewakie Guptar has joined AMPHS as Medical and Public Health Services Associate. She recently completed a term of service with Americorps where she was part of the second graduating class of the NYC Civic Corps. She completed her term of service at the Community Service Society’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) where she worked on program development. Prior to her work with RSVP, Dewakie was a recruiter for the 2010 Census, focusing her work in West Brooklyn. Given her background in science, passion for public health and community work, she believes AMPHS offers the perfect junction between her interests and aspirations of becoming a public health professional. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Leah Ratner has joined AMPHS as a Clinical Volunteer. She joined AMPHS to make access to health services and preventive health easier for the underprivileged community. Leah is currently a third year medical student rotating at Lutheran Medical Center.