Sunset Park

AMPHS is Hiring!

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AMPHS is expanding its programs and seeking new members like you to join its team! Become a part of a dedicated team of volunteers and staff working towards expanding healthcare access among our most vulnerable communities.

Part-Time Positions 

Program Coordinator
Program Assistant
Social Worker
Community Health Worker
Nurse Practitioner (Volunteer)
Chinese/Spanish Translator


Program Coordinator

Position Description

AMPHS seeks a passionate and skilled professional to join the operations team. The Program Coordinator plays a key leadership role in integrating clinical and social services and ensuring the smooth coordination of all Community Health Project programming activities among AMPHS staff and partners. The ideal candidate is a seasoned program manager and exceptional communicator, relationship manager, trainer and coach. He or she will identify and contribute to the development and execution of innovative solutions to grow program capacity and expand outreach within vulnerable immigrant populations. The Program Coordinator reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Primary Responsibilities:

Coordinate weekly program operations

  • Oversee, train and coordinate schedules and responsibilities among program staff, including clinicians, social work staff, and Program Assistant.
  • Coordinate client services with specialty service partner providers.
  • Ensure EMR patient schedules and profiles are complete and accurate.
  • Build an outreach system for maintaining a consistent client base of new and returning community members.

Build and maintain strong volunteer/staff and partner relationships

  • Train clinic staff to screen for social determinants of health and refer patients to the social work team in a streamlined manner.
  • Create strong and healthy relationships with clinical volunteers, nurse practitioners, case managers, referring providers, and other clinic staff in an effort to build a strong team of community advocates.
  • Work with Social Worker to consolidate and maintain a local network of resource providers.
  • Meet with primary community stakeholders and attend community events to spread awareness of AMPHS services.

Ensure and track high-quality service delivery

  • Ensure the accuracy of programmatic outcomes as reported by the client management database, including data review for grant reporting.
  • Report data outcomes to program team on a monthly basis.
  • Use program data to manage program milestones, related metrics and improve AMPHS operations.
  • Engage in group planning, evaluation and problem-solving, while contributing to highly collaborative projects, meetings and trainings.
  • Work with senior management to analyze program design, strategy and program vision.

Ensure program sustainability

  • Work with senior management to identify funding opportunities and submit funding proposals.
  • Devise and implement strategies to continuously engage a return client base.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in case management and/or client services with a vulnerable population required; advanced degree in management or health-related field desirable (e.g. MPH, MSW, MPA).
  • At least two years of program management experience required and previous experience with program start-up preferred. Previous experience in a hospital or clinic setting a plus.
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish and/or Chinese desirable, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading and managing a team of young staff or volunteers.
  • Strong track-record working with community agencies and/or performing case management in clinic or other setting.
  • Proven knowledge of landscape of public benefits and community resources and how to facilitate individuals’ access to those resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage and work closely with a wide range of constituents including AMPHS clients, staff, volunteers, and partners.
  • Strong organizational, time management and self-management skills, outstanding attention to detail, and high degree of flexibility and self-direction.
  • Ability to excel in a highly dynamic, diverse and entrepreneurial environment.

Time Commitment:

  • 10-15 hours per week. Position requires Saturday availability and occasional weekday mornings or evenings for community meetings. Remote weekday work permissible.
  • The agreement for this position is effective until 06/30/2016 with the opportunity for renewal thereafter.

To Apply:

Please submit a copy of your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and most recent transcript (if still in school or recent graduate) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis until March 18, 2016.

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Program Assistant

Position Description

The Program Assistant is responsible for assisting in the implementation and administration of the health screening, education, and training programs at the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services. Responsibilities include event coordination, outreach, client communication, and basic reception and clerical duties. The candidate will work directly with Executive Management staff to ensure that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Respond to client inquiries via phone and email, screen and direct calls, and relay messages
  • Schedule appointments and appointment reminders for screenings, workshops, and trainings and maintain the organization’s events calendar
  • Serve as program coordinator for quarterly Clinical Practice Training Program, responding to student inquiries, coordinating program logistics, and conducting university outreach
  • Assist in the coordination of annual Sunset Park community health and wellness event
  • Manage and maintain contacts database for volunteers, partners, and donors
  • Assist in coordinating logistics for in-house health screenings, including event outreach (flyering) and pre-screening patient intake
  • Assist in the preparation of outreach and educational materials
  • Work with Executive Management to send program updates to clients and volunteers
  • Prepare letters to stakeholders, including supporters and clients
  • Conduct outreach to community-based organizations and businesses for partnerships and awareness-building
  • Monitor the use of office equipment and supplies and maintain office inventory
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Preference given to candidates with a bachelors degree or higher. College juniors and seniors also considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures.
  • Previous experience in an office environment.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with basic computer programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and email systems.
  • Demonstrated competency in writing and communication.
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish and/or Chinese preferred.
  • Knowledge in graphic design a plus.

Time Commitment:

15 hours per week; Saturday availability required.

To Apply:

Please submit a copy of your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and most recent transcript (if still in school or recent graduate) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis until March 18, 2016.

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Social Worker

Position Description

The Social Worker is responsible for providing high-level oversight over the organization’s culturally-sensitive social service counseling program and presiding over the organization’s weekly Saturday health screenings. AMPHS’ unique, integrated clinical-social service program enables community members to receive direct social service counseling to connect them to the needed care immediately following each clinical encounter. The Social Worker is responsible for managing client cases and assisting community members in navigating resources in coordination with recommendations from the clinical team. The Social Worker is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a community referral network, facilitating workshops and overseeing a team of community health workers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate client navigation of the healthcare system, especially for patients moving among different health care levels.
  • Provide culturally-appropriate direct services, such as social service counseling, social support, care coordination and case management, working closely with clinical staff to address health risk factors and other social determinants of health, including, but not exclusive to domestic violence and child abuse, housing, end-of-life issues, living conditions, etc.
  • Provide ongoing follow-up, basic motivational interviewing, and goal-setting with community members and their families, especially those with complex conditions, while monitoring and evaluating clients’ progress and modifying treatment plans accordingly.
  • Coach patients in effective management of their chronic health conditions and self-care.
  • Develop literature for social service outreach and education.
  • Facilitate education and support programming (e.g., health education, parenting classes, domestic violence support programs, self-care classes, health access workshops) for individual and groups.
  • Conduct outreach and coordinate with other community resources and agencies to provide community-level advocacy on behalf of patients and families and refer clients to specialized services, such as drug and alcohol treatment, legal services, financial and employment counseling, and housing support.
  • Assess and intervene in domestic violence and child abuse situations.
  • Identify, assess and treat mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety (LCSWs only)
  • Oversee and train team of Community Health Workers.
  • Manage a regularly assigned caseload of community members at AMPHS open hours and record care management information in EMR system no later than 24 hours after contact.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school; Master’s degree in social work; LMSW credential or higher is required. Proof of licensure is required at time of application.
  • Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English and/or Chinese and English preferred.
  • Prior experience serving as a social worker in a community-based setting for at least 1-2 years.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Knowledge of some medical terminology preferred, but not required.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge in Microsoft software.
  • Good communication skills, such as listening well, and using language appropriately.
  • Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement and motivation to patients.

Time Commitment:

  • 7-10 hours per week; Saturday availability required.
  • The agreement for this position is effective until June 30, 2016 with the opportunity for renewal thereafter.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and a copy of your social work license to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis until March 18, 2016.

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Community Health Worker

Position Description

The community health worker (CHW) is responsible for providing culturally-sensitive health navigation services to help patients and their families navigate and access community services and resources within the healthcare system, while guiding them to adopt healthy behaviors. CHWs will work primarily with immigrant families in Sunset Park, many who have limited access to healthcare. The CHW supports clinicians, the supervising social worker and program coordinator by providing an integrated system of support services that promotes and maintains healthy behaviors and addresses the social determinants of health affecting the local community. Primary function areas include social service counseling, advocating for individuals and community health needs, and facilitating community outreach workshops.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide culturally-appropriate direct services, such as social service counseling, social support, care coordination and case management under the supervision of Social Worker and working closely with clinical staff.
  • Provide ongoing follow-up, basic motivational interviewing, and goal-setting with community members and their families.
  • Advocate for individual and community needs by locating support and needed services and articulating those needs to partner organizations.
  • Coach patients in effective management of their chronic health conditions and self-care.
  • Provide culturally-sensitive health education, information and outreach in community-based settings, including, but not exclusive to the AMPHS center, schools, community centers, senior centers, community board meetings, local businesses, shelters, etc.
  • Organize community presentations and workshops on health access.
  • Conduct outreach and presentations to spread awareness about AMPHS services.
  • Research and develop multilingual materials on disease prevention, wellness, nutrition, and health access.
  • Organize and/or facilitate peer support groups.
  • Build organizational capacity to expand resource network and address social determinants of health.
  • Manage a regularly assigned caseload of community members who attend AMPHS open clinic hours once per week and record patient care management information in EMR system no later than 24 hours after contact.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Preference given to candidates with a bachelors degree or higher.
  • Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program such as from a college or other education institution is preferred, but not required. AMPHS will provide initial training and CHW is also expected to participate in additional training during their tenure.
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English and/or Chinese and English required.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Experience working in a community-based setting for at least 1 to 2 years preferred.
  • Knowledge of some medical terminology preferred, but not required.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge in Microsoft Office.
  • Good communication skills, such as listening well, and using language appropriately.
  • Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement and motivation to patients.

Time Commitment:

  • 15-20 hours per week; Saturday availability required.
  • The agreement for this position is effective until June 30, 2016 with the opportunity for renewal thereafter.

To Apply:

 Please submit a copy of your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and most recent transcript (if still in school or recent graduate) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis until March 18, 2016.

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Volunteer Nurse Practitioner

Position Description

The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services offers free weekly Saturday health clinics for low-income, uninsured community members in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Screening participants often lack health insurance or experience language barriers that prevent them from accessing available health resources; for many, it is their first time receiving a health assessment in many years. During the clinic, AMPHS clinicians perform health screenings while partner healthcare agencies offer free specialty services, such as HIV and Hepatitis C testing, mammograms, and flu shots. AMPHS may also offer specialty theme-based services each month. At the beginning of the screening, AMPHS volunteers distribute health surveys through which it collects health data used to analyze community health trends and develop education programs.

The Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for presiding over AMPHS screenings to conduct basic and specialty screenings, provide long-term medical counseling, and facilitate health education workshops. The NP will identify risk factors and lifestyle changes that the community member should pursue, as well as follow-up treatment. He or she will then work collaboratively with the Social Assistance team to connect community members to the relevant services based on treatment recommendations from the clinical encounter. The ideal candidate is passionate about working with immigrant communities and has significant experience working with low-income populations who have had little or no access to care.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Obtain and record client health history; perform comprehensive medical evaluations for biological, social and psychological needs, including screenings for BMI, blood pressure, heart and respiration rate, oxygen saturation, visual acuity, macular degeneration, oculomotor function, pupillary reflex, dementia, glucose and cholesterol, and mental health.
  • Educate and guide patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Provide group, individual and community education classes on disease prevention and management, wellness and nutrition.
  • Design curricula and education materials for public health education workshops.
  • Manage a regularly assigned caseload of community members at AMPHS open clinic hours and record care management information in EMR system no later than 24 hours after contact.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of nursing; Master’s degree in nursing; completion of a state acceptable Nurse Practitioner’s program; a minimum of one year’s experience is desirable. National certification in specialty is preferred. Proof of licensure is required at time of application.
  • Thorough knowledge in nursing techniques and procedures, medical and lab equipment, testing procedures, medications, and interviewing and counseling techniques.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language (in particular, Spanish and Chinese) a plus.
  • Previous experience working in a community-based, multi-cultural public health setting.
  • Ability to work independently; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; deal tactfully and patiently with clients and other social work case managers.
  • Basic computer skills required.

Time Commitment:

  • At least one shift per month; Saturday availability required.  However, we are flexible with volunteer scheduling.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and copy of your nursing license to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Candidates will serve independently; that is, providing a broad range of clinical services based on their own scope of practice, comfort, and level of licensure as an independent clinician volunteering at AMPHS sites and events. Candidates will be asked to submit proof of current professional liability coverage prior to commencing the position.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis.

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Chinese/Spanish Translator

Position Description

The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) works with a predominantly Latino and Chinese community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, bringing them accessible healthcare through free health screenings and education workshops. At the beginning of each screening, AMPHS staff collects demographic data from each participating community member to conduct analytical research on predominant health trends in the local community. AMPHS also holds public health workshops that educate community members in health access, disease management and prevention, nutrition and wellness. We are seeking fluent or highly proficient Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin speakers to interpret for AMPHS constituents during open clinics and events.

Translators will also have the opportunity to engage in other community fieldwork projects that include conducting interviews and focus groups and community outreach alongside our community engagement team. Additionally, they will be responsible for assisting with other administrative projects, such as recording Chinese/Spanish segments for educational videos, translating educational literature, brochures, flyers, and other outreach material, and writing Chinese/Spanish blog posts for our online news portal.

AMPHS screenings take place Saturdays on a weekly basis; workshops take place on weekends and select weekdays. Translators will receive training in medical terminology, patient history-taking, and HIPAA prior to engaging in a service role.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Interpret communication between AMPHS staff and non-English speaking AMPHS clients.
  • Translate written educational materials and documents in accordance with readability guidelines.
  • Work with social service team to follow up with non-English speaking population to inquire about individuals’ status and answer questions.
  • Assist non-English speaking population in completing documentation and forms.
  • Translate for facilitators in 3-4 community public health education workshops per month.
  • Assist Program Coordinator and senior managers in design of culturally-sensitive health services.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Native Chinese or Spanish speaker and/or advanced degree or training in the Chinese/Spanish language. Strong oral and written proficiency required. Applicants will be asked to submit a bilingual writing sample to demonstrate written and oral competency.
  • Prior knowledge of medical terminology preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and communicate information in an unbiased, clear and concise manner with clients, families, and providers.
  • Ability to work independently in an efficient, productive manner while maintaining composure and sensitivity in accordance with the environment of health care services.
  • Basic computer skills and competency with Word processing systems required.

Time Commitment:

  • 7-10 hours per week; Saturday availability required.
  • The agreement for this position is effective until June 30, 2016 with the opportunity for renewal thereafter.

To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample in English and Spanish or Chinese, and transcript (if current student or recent graduate) to personnel.resources@amphsonline.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling first-come, first-serve basis until March 18, 2016.

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AMPHS Collaborates with Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School to Offer Internship Placements

interns wantedThe Academy of Medical and Public Health Services is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Center for Family Life at Sunset Park High School to offer high school students job-training opportunities through term-long internships as a part of its 12th grade internship program. The Center for Family Life (CFL) is a family and social services based organization with its roots deep in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Its mission is to “promote positive outcomes for children, adults and families in Sunset Park through the provision of a comprehensive range of neighborhood-based family and social services.” By partnering with community centers, CFL facilitates access to opportunities that encourages students to develop into confident, capable adults.

AMPHS will be selecting 1-2 student interns to join its program from the CFL Internship Fair on February 27th, 2014. Student interns will have the opportunity to assist with coordinating AMPHS’ health activities and engaging the Sunset Park community through active outreach to local residents and organizations. They will also have the opportunity to participate in AMPHS health events throughout the month. This will be a significant learning opportunity for young adults with aspiring careers in public health, medicine, and nonprofits.

For more information on CFL, visit

http://sco.org/programs/center-for-family-life/


AMPHS Collaborates with Sunset Park Agencies for Referrals and Education Services

We are excited to announce that AMPHS is partnering with Turning Point and Atlas DIY to better serve communities in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

turning point logoTurning Point provides community members holistic support through education, health and social services programs. Its programs include:

  • Outreach and Testing Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health Services
  • Scattered Site Housing
  • Transitional Housing
  • Educational and Vocational Services

A hugely successful endeavor of Turning Point is its Shower Project, where individuals in transitional housing are provided with shower and a change of undergarments.

AMPHS will be working to complement Turning Point’s services through free health screenings and social assistance referrals for individuals with health and healthcare concerns. Additionally, it will be working closely with the Shower Project to offer regular screenings to community members lacking health insurance and healthcare.

atlas diyAtlas DIY is an organization that empowers undocumented youth by providing them with education, and a sense of community. Some of its programs are:

  • Legal help for Immigration issues
  • Career club
  • Assistance with college applications
  • Mentorship sessions

By partnering Atlas DIY, AMPHS expects to reach out to a larger population of undocumented immigrant families and provide them with the necessary resources to stay healthy while pursing their American Dream.

To learn more about Turning Point and Atlas DIY, visit

http://turningpointbrooklyn.org/about-us/

http://www.atlasdiy.org/

Air Pollution in Sunset Park & How to Live with It

(2) 4th Avenue

Air pollution in urban areas is almost always a health problem and Sunset Park is no exception. According to the EPA, the six most common air pollutants are: ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and lead. [1] The summertime exacerbates the negative health effects of these pollutants; children, the elderly, and people with asthma and heart disease are shown to be more vulnerable. [3] What are these pollutants, their health effects, and ways to reduce our exposure to and personal emissions of them? Sunset Park is on the top five Brooklyn communities with the highest lung cancer rate, according to a 2010 cancer report by SUNY Downstate. [7] It also has a high respiratory and cardiovascular hospitalization rate due to particulate matter exposure compared to most of Brooklyn. Asthma emergency hospitalizations due to particulate matter in adults is also high compared to most of Brooklyn. [3] Although air pollution is not the only cause for these news, it definitely plays a large role in the health of community members.

(2) Gowanus Expressway

Gowanus Expressway, 3rd Avenue

Sunset Park is the site of a considerable amount of industrial activity, including construction, dry cleaners, electronics manufacturing, food manufacturing, and more. They contribute to sulfur dioxide, particulate matter (airborne particles), and other harmful emissions. Moreover, the vehicles on the Gowanus Expressway, which runs right down the middle of Sunset Park, and the busy avenues are heavy sources of pollutants such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and benzene (a carcinogen also found in cigarettes). [1] All these pollutants irritate the lungs and some affect the heart too by changing heart rhythm and increasing blood pressure. In the summertime, ground level ozone can be a serious problem in Sunset Park because it is produced by the interaction of sunlight with nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are released by vehicles, industrial activity, and volatile organic compounds (e.g. paints, pesticides, and building materials). Ozone can irritate lungs, cause coughing and wheezing, worsen asthma and lower resistance to lung infections. [3]

(2) Side Street

Side Street on 49th Street

Contrary to what many people think, ozone levels may be higher in more low-traffic areas of Sunset Park because of ozone scavenging. [3] Ozone scavenging actually destroys ozone and happens when a large concentration of nitrogen oxides, mainly released from vehicles in this case, interacts with ozone and forms different compounds. [3] Therefore, areas in Sunset Park with less vehicles may actually have higher ozone level concentrations. Studies also show that parallel side streets (e.g. 53rd and 54th street) may have up to four times as much carbon monoxide than on main streets (e.g. 3rd Ave and 5th Ave) because there is not enough air flow on the side streets and pollutants tend gather up there. Pockets of air pollutants can collect on tight and sheltered streets, making them as unhealthy as being on busy streets. [5] Indoor air pollution is also a problem. Buildings in Sunset Park built before 1978 may still contain lead. Outdoor air pollution can easily get into and stay inside homes. Cooking with gas or electric appliances without a good venting hood can generate a lot of indoor air pollution, including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds [4]. Here are some tips to reduce attracting air pollution indoors and keep indoor air fresh:

  1. Have a floor mat at the entrance.
  2. Take off shoes at the entrance.
  3. Mop floors and keep them clean.
  4. Open windows at night to let air circulate.
  5. Get your home checked for radon, a colorless and odorless gas that can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer.
  6. Keep a healthy humidity level to prevent mold and dust mite growth.
  7. Use more natural detergents, fragrance products, and cleaners.
  8. Get a good venting hood for cooking. [2], [4]

It is important to note that the health effects of air pollution are usually combined with other factors, including noise pollution from the honking cars, diet, and other preexisting health conditions. There is little sense in avoiding air pollution altogether, but here some ways to reduce your exposure and to live with it:

  1. Energy StarDo your exercise routine in the morning or at night, not in the sunny afternoons when ozone levels are highest.
  2. Don’t smoke or smoke less.
  3. Avoid streets that are surrounded by buildings, which can be “pockets” for air pollutants.
  4. Save electricity by unplugging unused appliances and buying Energy Smart appliances.
  5. Carpool or use public transportation; avoid traffic by planning ahead.
  6. Conserve water.
  7. Recycle.
  8. Have a garden or grow plants both indoors and outdoors. [1]

You can check your air quality forecasts and health risks at www.airnow.gov. [6]

Written by Karen Ouyang.

Works Cited

1. What are the Six Common Air Pollutants?. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/airquality/urbanair/

2. Davis, J. Breathe Easy: 5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/lung/features/12-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality?page=3

3. Millay, S. Air Pollution and the Health of New Yorkers:The Impact of Fine Particles and Ozone. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/eode/eode-air-quality-impact.pdf

4. Smith, P. The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard. Retrieved from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/the-kitchen-as-a-pollution-hazard/?_r=2

5. Underwood, K. Want to Reduce Your Air Pollution Exposure? Cross the Street. Retrieved from http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/want-to-reduce-your-air-pollution-exposure-cross-the-street.html

6. Today’s AQI Forecast. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/airquality/urbanair/

7. LaRose, J. Brooklyn Community Health Report. Retrieved from http://www.downstate.edu/bhr/reports/Cancer-Report-2010.pdf

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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!

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

AMPHS Partners with Project Renewal for Mammogram Screening on June 23rd

April 23, 2012

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) is partnering with Project Renewal to conduct mammography screenings for eligible women during its “Know Your Health Status” Awareness Day on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Among other partnerships built for conducting specific medical screenings, this is AMPHS’ first partnership with a mammography screening service.  Mrs. Adriene Clark, V.P., Community Engagement, AMPHS says, that “we [AMPHS] are moving forward as a health organization in building relationships with community non-profits and organizations dedicated to providing needed healthcare services.  We are working hard to continuously identify the changing healthcare needs of the community and filling in those needs with organizations that share our same mission.”

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AMPHS Clinical Volunteers Trained to Serve Our Communities

Date: March 21, 2012

Seeing our first community member coming up the steps, eyes open wide and expecting, we rush to help.  We know we can make a difference and we are eager to.  Hello sir, my name is Barbara and I am a volunteer here at AMPHS.  Now that is one statement we will never get tired of saying.”  – Ms. Barbara Olivier, Coordinator of Youth Programs and Clinical Volunteer, AMPHS

The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS) has been committed to rigorously training their clinical volunteers to provide the highest standard of healthcare services to community members.  Through a combination of lecture sessions, recitation sessions, laboratory sessions, and clinical rotations, volunteers have been trained in matters relating to community members’ confidentiality such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, initial encounters, communication and referral, as well as areas in medicine such as general screening procedures, optometry, cardiology, respiratory, and memory and cognition.

AMPHS performs the majority of their health screenings, as part of the Community Health Project, in the Sunset Park neighborhood, a large immigrant community of Brooklyn.  AMPHS makes significant effort during its training program to expose and educate volunteers on regulatory requirements such as HIPAA to ensure every community member’s information is kept confidential, in fostering a diversified volunteer staff to meet the ethnicity demands of New York’s melting pot of community members, and train and provide understanding around the religiosity impact on healthcare decisions.

Mrs. Adriene Clark, Vice President of Community Engagement, AMPHS says,  “AMPHS ensures that these [above] important community concerns are upheld through continuous training efforts that are in place at the beginning as well as during each volunteer’s time spent working at AMPHS.”

She goes on to say, “AMPHS seeks to be all inclusive in its approach to ensuring that there exists qualified and competent volunteers to attend to those community members we serve by applying a multifaceted approach to the volunteers’ experience.”

The clinical training program, a mandatory program for all individuals interested in becoming an AMPHS clinical volunteer and taking part in the organization’s Community Health Project, requires volunteers to be dedicated and motivated to learn and study the subject matter, and are tested on the  information acquired in the program.  Volunteers must obtain 36 hours of clinical training and score a minimum of a B average in the program before being able to offer non-evasive heath screenings.

Mr. Jonathan Gettinger, Coordinator of Community Health Services, AMPHS and a clinical volunteer gave an account of his experience in the clinical training program, “The clinical training program, as taught by Hewett Chiu, has provided me with the essential skills necessary to help further AMPHS’ mission of providing free health services to the community, as well as all those who need it.  I now feel confident in my ability to provide the medical services that AMPHS regularly delivers.”

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

To get involved with AMPHS and become a clinical volunteer, please contact Mon Yuck Yu at: mon.yuck.yu@amphsonline.org.

About AMPHS Community Health Project:  The Community Health Project has been created to meet certain defined needs within several communities. The ultimate goal is to integrate the main core principles and concepts of education, research, and public service together to supplement the healthcare system in providing services to underprivileged populations.   At the end of the day, we are filling in the gaps of healthcare.

This project consists of 5 components:

– Free community health screenings:
– Health Access & Coverage Assistance Coverage Program
– Prescription Assistance Program
– Community Education Seminars
– Public Health Research

For more information about our Community Health Project, please visit us at: http://www.amphsonline.org/national/chp.htm