Sunset Park Community Health

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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December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month – Knowledge is the best way to prevent HIV/AIDS, so read for more information!

AIDS or Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is caused by a virus called HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus). AIDS is associated with a progressive failure of the immune system which allows life-threatening infections and cancer to invade the body.

How does AIDS spread?

HIV infection can occur by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid or breast milk. Hence, bodily fluids are the main way by which HIV infection can spread. This is because the HIV virus can be present as both free virus particles as well as virus within cells.

Ways to diagnose HIV/AIDS

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that HIV screening should be part of one’s medical check-up, just to make sure you are healthy. Meanwhile, individuals that are at risk are advised to get tested for HIV/AIDS infection once a year; pregnant women are advised to get tested for HIV/AIDS during the course of each pregnancy.

The following are considered ‘at risk’ populations:

  • Individuals who share needles/syringes or other equipment for injecting drugs
  • Individuals with a history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Individuals who have had unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral) with multiple partners
  • Individuals who have had unprotected sex with a partner who did not know their own HIV status.

Testing for HIV/AIDS infection is relatively easy, and can be done using mouth swab, urine or blood sample. The virus (HIV) is called an antigen, and in order to fight it, the body produces antibodies against the antigen. Hence, HIV/AIDS testing could entail detection of the antibody or of the antigen.

Antibody tests

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These tests use blood, oral fluid or urine to detect antibodies to HIV. The results can be obtained anywhere from 10-20 minutes to two weeks. If the antibody test turns up positive, another test is needed to confirm the results. This test is called the Western blot test and takes up to two weeks to get a confirmed result.

Antigen tests

These tests require a blood sample, and can detect HIV infection earlier – from 1 to 3 weeks after infection with HIV. This test is done by a technique known as the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Preventing HIV/AIDS

The most effective way of preventing HIV/AIDS is to not engage in risky behavior. This includes the following:

  • Limiting the number of partners and avoiding sex with people whose sexual history is unknown.
  • Using condoms properly from start to finish when having sex.
  • Refraining from sharing needles with others.
  • Using clean needles
  • Purchasing new, sterile needles from pharmacies
  • (For pregnant women to decrease the risk of passing HIV to their unborn child) receiving appropriate medical care and taking prescribed medications.

Treating HIV/AIDS

Symptoms of HIV/AIDS include the occurrence of infections that are not observed in normal individuals. These infections can be pulmonary, gastrointestinal or neurological. Hence, the treatment of HIV/AIDS consists of keeping these infections at bay. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. The frontline of treatment consists of drugs called antiretroviral therapy (ART) – this consists of a combination of drugs that limit the HIV infection.

HIV medication consists of a variety of ARTs – these drugs attack the virus at a different stage in its life cycle, so it is important to adhere to the regimen and take all prescribed drugs religiously. One problem in treatment of HIV/AIDS is that of drug resistance – this happens when the virus replicates and makes copies of itself that do not respond to the drug the same way they used to. Following the 3-drug regimen is one way to stop drug resistance from taking place.

In addition, one should eat a nutritious diet, get plenty of rest and exercise and refrain from alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and get regular health check-ups.

AMPHS and HIV/AIDS

AMPHS clinical volunteers at past screening.

AMPHS clinical volunteers at past screening.

Over the last three years, AMPHS has mobilized forces to provide the Brooklyn community with HIV/AIDS testing during its monthly health events, partnering with organizations such as Interfaith Medical Center, Turning Point Outreach Center, and Latino Commission on AIDS. Because December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, annual HIV/AIDS testing and education services during its in-house screenings during the month of December. This year, AMPHS will be offering in-house screenings on Saturday, December 14th between 11am and 5pm. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, please call (212) 256-9036.

Since there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, the most effective way to prevent infection and spread of HIV/AIDS is education. For more information about HIV/AIDS, visit:

http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/en/

http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/treatment-options/overview-of-hiv-treatments/

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/

http://www.latinoaids.org/

National Nutrition Month: AMPHS March 16th FREE Health Screening & Health Insurance Enrollment

March 14, 2013

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In recognition of National Nutrition Month in March, Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) invites all Sunset Park residents and visiting New Yorkers to attend a FREE healthcare screening on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Sunset Park! Come learn how you can maintain good health and a balanced, nutritious diet. You can also enroll in affordable public healthcare insurance, if you are eligible!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Time: 1 – 5PM

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

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A facilitated enroller from Affinity Health Plan be there to tell you about free or low-cost health insurance options for your children and family.

If you are interested in enrolling in affordable healthcare insurance, here’s what you will need to bringhealthy eating 3 with you.

– Proof of address (e.g. recent electric, telephone bill, etc.)

– Proof of child’s age (e.g. birth certificate, passport)

– Proof of income (e.g., 4 recent paycheck stubs)

– Social Security Card (if available)

Please be advised: anyone seeking affordable healthcare insurance must be a LEGAL resident of the U.S.

Friendly staff that speak Spanish will be there!

If you know anyone who would like to attend, please refer! Please note: All healthcare screenings are optional and information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Here’s a copy of the flyer:

March 2013 – National Nutrition Month

March 2013 - National Nutrition Month

AMPHS Receives Its First Corporate Donation

February 1, 2013

As many of you know, over the 2012 holiday season, we (AMPHS) had a humble fundraising goal of $2500 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 to many people in need in our community. We are proud to announce that we received our first corporate donation from Chiu Consulting Group (CCG)!

CCG is a global strategic, marketing, and management consulting firm combining time-tested frameworks with implementing new customized systems and technology to drive sales, increase revenues and funding, carve niche markets, and expand customer base. CCG is focused on delivering innovative solutions built upon best practices in business to some of the most pressing concerns facing diverse organizations. CCG’s specialities include the Healthcare, Not-for-Profit, and Corporate sectors. Ingrained into the core of CCG’s foundation is a firm belief in philanthropy and as such, CCG frequently gives back to its communities through an active Social Responsibility Program.

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Website: http://www.chiugroup.com

General inquiry & client service: maito:service@chiugroup.com

NYC Office: 646-535-0602

We would like to thank CCG for their generosity and kindness in supporting us in our mission to meet our healthcare goals for the community, and improve lives in the process.

It is not too late to make a donation. Please consider donating to AMPHS to help continue meeting the healthcare needs of our community members. You can easily and safely make a donation on our website at: http://www.amphsonline.org/donate/ or click the “TAKE ACTION” button below!

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AMPHS Launches myamphs Community Membership Program

June 18, 2012

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) announced this week that they will be launching their new branded community health program called “myamphs Community Membership Program” at the Know Your Health Status Awareness Day Health Fair in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

myamphs Community Membership Program is part of a larger campaign the organization launched called “myamphs” that brings together all of AMPHS’ diverse programs and volunteer, donor, community member, professional member, and community and government leader stakeholders into one unified body.  The myamphs brand signifies a common experience that is personal to each and every contributor and participant of the AMPHS vision and mission.

So what does “myamphs”mean for community members? The newly branded “myamphs program” will have the greatest benefit overall for community members who do not have healthcare insurance and/or do not have access to medical services.

Any community member can continue to receive personalized and customized basic health care services under Academy of Medical and Public Health Services new branded community health program called the myamphs Community Membership Program.  Under the myamphs Community membership program, each individual community member will still receive their basic biometric healthcare screenings, nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations, in-depth individual evaluations, health access and coverage assistance (HACAP), prescription assistance, resources and referrals, and follow-up consultations, but now will be able to refer to the program by its new, more personalized name.

myamphs Community Membership program’s goal is to provide individuals and families living without access to healthcare and healthcare insurance with much needed healthcare services, resources, tools and incentives to empower and motivate them to care for and better maintain their and their family’s health and wellness.  The program seeks to retain all community members that have initially gone through healthcare screenings so they can receive better assistance with managing their health.

With the myamphs mywellness+ card, community members with or without healthcare insurance who want to participate in the program will have the opportunity to receive personalized follow-up consultations at AMPHS, take advantage of discounts at select merchants and other free or low cost incentives.

myamphs’ HACAP will also include an open access component whereby undocumented immigrants in New York City will be eligible to receive healthcare services.  This component of the program will be launching this summer.

So where ever you see the myamphs Community Membership logo, know that taking better care of your health and wellness is within your reach, no matter what your financial and economic circumstances are.

Detailed information about the program will be available at AMPHS “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day Health Fair on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and on the AMPHS National Website: amphsonline.org/national (on a near future date), at which time any community member can sign up to be a program member.  Ask any AMPHS staff member about the myamphs Community Membership Program for more information.  To date, the myamphs Community Membership program is only available to individuals who reside in select areas of Brooklyn and Queens.

The fair will be held at:

First Church of the Brethren

352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue), Sunset Park neighborhood

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Transportation: N or R train to 59th Street, Brooklyn

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.

Get FREE Health Screenings in Sunset Park this Summer

May 22, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) invites you to get free health screenings this summer at their free health fair called “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

AMPHS will be collaborating with several organizations including Project Renewal, a mammography screening service that serves women of all economic backgrounds with little or no access to breast health services and healthcare insurance.  Interfaith Medical Center and representatives from Pulse Fitness Club will be in attendance at the fair.

On Saturday, June 23rd from 9:30AM – 12:00PM, Project Renewal in partnership with AMPHS will be providing free, 30-minute, non-invasive mammogram screenings for women 40 years of age and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 2 years.  All screenings are scheduled by appointment by calling (800) 564-6868 and are strictly confidential.  AMPHS invites all interested women from the NYC metropolitan area and who fit this criteria to participate.

Trained AMPHS clinical volunteers will also conduct FREE:

  • Body Mass Index Assessment Screenings
  • Visual Acuity, Pupillary Reflex, and Oculomotor Function Testing
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Heart rate, respiration rate assessment
  • Oxygen saturation assessment
  • Memory and cognition screenings
  • Nutrition and lifestyle choices consultations
  • Resources and network referrals to free community clinics for follow-up.
Interfaith Medical Center will provide free HIV oral swab testing and Educational Alliance will provide free educational resources on alcohol and substance abuse.

The screenings will be held at: The First Brethren Church – 352 60th Street (near 4th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11220

Time: 9AM – 2PM

Trains:  to 59th street in Brooklyn

Admission is free.  All screenings are free and strictly confidential.

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