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Academy of Medical & Public Health Services

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Disaster Aid, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public Health, Safety Education

Mission: AMPHS is a humanitarian 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operated solely by volunteers, dedicated to advancing the health care of underprivileged communities across the nation and around the world. We accomplish our goals by providing accessible community activities that forge a firm foundation for the improvement of health and well-being.

Results: We have held over 55 monthly free health screenings for underprivileged community members, partnering with local charities and organizations such as Interfaith Medical Center to provide HIV testing in addition to our standard risk factor screenings of BMI, blood pressure, visual acuity, and other vital signs. We have incorporated free prescription assistance, health insurance assistance, and corrective lenses assistance services into our programs to assist uninsured families. As an American Heart Association training site, we have trained over 300 people in emergency response skills, and are implementing a new Regional Community Training Program and Authorized Provider Program, which is anticipated to greatly increase the impact of our emergency preparedness courses.

Target demographics: Low-income community members who a) do not have healthcare access, b) do not have healthcare insurance, and c) have a language barrier that prevents them from understanding available resources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: a) Low-income community members located primarily in Sunset Park, Brooklyn who attend our health screenings and participate in our other programs; b) Children who attend Teddy Bear Clinic sessions; c) Students who take our emergency preparedness courses; d) Our volunteers who train with us and learn about public health and nonprofit management; e) Our partner institutions, which are able to make a greater community impact

Geographic areas served: Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Programs: Community Health Project Community Health Screenings Prescription Assistance Program Health Access & Coverage Assistance Program Vision Assistance Program Community Research & Resource Center Training & Preparedness in CPR/AED and First Aid

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AMPHS exemplifies what a non-profit organization should look like on the ground, in the trenches, in the belly of the community. What they offer the residents of Sunset Park Brooklyn and Brooklyn proper is a seamless, professional, sentient team of health centered change agents who are a force that staunchly combats the health care issues the plague the underserved residents in the community. Kudos to this awesome "keyosi" and cadre of health care professionals. Margaret Pemberton, Turning Point

1 Mencha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent service to the community. I was enticed by their objectives as they focus in helping people that can't afford visiting a Doctor.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The volunteers at AMPHS are great people, giving up large amounts of time and energy to help those who really don't have anywhere else to go. The amount of difference they're able to make in the lives of others, with a small staff and a grass roots approach, is amazing.

1 Cadac L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AMPHS is a great organization. The Volunteers and staff are extremely helpful and work with all of the communities.
They speak different languages that are in the community they serve.

There are not enought words to describe what a wonderful organization and how caring everyone is.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The best part about AMPHS is their dedication to their community and their volunteers. As a volunteer run organization it keeps the volunteers busy and motivated to work for the community. They always but the interests of those they serve first and always aim to shorten the health care gap that is far too large in this community. I am proud to volunteer my time with AMPHS and be able to see the benefits they make in people's lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working at the office of a local elected official, I have worked with AMPHS to provide important services for our community during our events. They have not only contributed to our programs by offering screenings and workshops, but have also provided essential information about health and health access to those who need it most. They have done so much for our community and our community needs AMPHS! Thank you to all the work that you do -- your clinicians, translators, researchers, and your many other volunteers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending this organization's health clinics for quite some time. I am low income and can hardly afford to pay for my meals and am also without health insurance. The volunteers here not only screened me, but connected me places where I could get further specialized treatment, my first pair of glasses to help me finally see clearly, as well as a food pantry, and places for free exercise programs. They are a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to AMPHS because I was uninsured and had a problem with a torn meniscus. I came to see the AMPHS clinicians and they gave me a full physical exam and the physician and social worker spent nearly an hour with me explaining my condition and the different treatment options. They are a very professional group, even though they are a small organization, making a true difference in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMPHS is doing a great job serving immigrant community. They provide essential health screenings and education many community members would not be able to get otherwise.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AMPHS has been collaborating with the Project Renewal Scan Van Program for the purposes of bringing free mobile mammography program to underserved women in the the Sunset Park Booklyn area for several years. AMPHS provides essential health edcation, counseling, and social services as well as other basic health screenings to a community with a large population of uninsured and poorly insured Asain and Latina people. This essential non--profit has been a very successful partner to our program. They help us to reach out and serve women who are generally unscreened or rarely screened for breast cancer. They are a trusted community organization b the people they serve. As such our collaboration has resulted in the screening of patients that were previously rarely screened or never screened. Now these patients return for routine screenings and are provided with the benefits that regular breast cancer screening exams provide. We are proud to be a partner with AMPHS. Together we are making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with AMPHS for several years now and while it is a volunteer organization, it makes you feel so good to be working with them because everyone is so committed to the AMPHS mission and you feel like you are part of a big family, all working towards making effective change in the community. Not only do the AMPHS volunteers make the experience personal for the community, providing culturally-competent translation services, they also try to understand community needs and develop workshops geared at addressing what the community needs. They are also very grassroots community-oriented, oftentimes working with many different parties to reach the populations who need their services most.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have worked over the last several years' with AMPHS. They provide a wonderful source of free service for our low-income community and information for other providers'. I will continue to support their agency in anyway possible.
Ileana M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AMPHS is an exemplary agency that I am happy to support. I work with adult, low-income students and thankfully, AMPHAS has volunteered at my school. The staff at AMPHS has always been thorough and engaged with each student they come into contact with. Can't recommend them enough!

isalom

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to have been a director of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services since its inception. As a student-led and staffed organization, it has served the public well with enthusiasm and passion - and a minimum of overhead.

I've had first hand experience of its work, including education in life saving techniques and health screenings. I've been impressed with the quality of its programs and the all-volunteer staff.

AMPHS has done much with little. My donations to it have been well spent. When I encourage others to support AMPHS I don't say, "Go there." Instead I say, "Follow me!"




Ira L Salom, MD, MSc(Med)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AMPHS since this past summer and I can truly say that it is very open to change and opportunities to grow and develop. I think that as a volunteer, my input is valued and there is a great appreciation for the commitments made.

Mon Yuck is absolutely great in being the to-go person for questions that need answering. Managers are very flexible as far as schedules go and very open to new ideas. I would highly recommend this charity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What drives a nonprofit is not just the mission they stand for, not just the good they do, but the level of passion and integrity of its membership: the lifeblood of the organization.

When AMPHS began just a few short years ago, we couldn't have imagined the level of impact we have accomplished, or the community we have brought together under a common goal. It is a pleasure and an overwhelming source of pride to be aligned with such individuals who make it their job on a daily basis to ensure the health and well being of those who can't for themselves, both in and out of our communities.

I support AMPHS' mission in all that strive for and cannot wait to hear of the continued successes of their passionate members.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been involved with AMPHS for about a year now, and it never ceases to amaze me the level of dedication of Mon Yuck and Hewitt. Whether weekend events or mid-week phone calls they are constantly working to reach as many people as they can. As a Public Health student and long time Sunset Park resident I realize how important and how much of a difference a health focused organization can make, especially for the often overlooked disenfranchised populations of Sunset Park.

Advisor

Rating: 4

I've been volunteering with AMPHS since the summer and am impressed by the organization's commitment and dedication to serve the health needs of undocumented and uninsured Brooklyn residents. The staff are amicable, energetic and tireless in their efforts to expand AMPHS' offerings, while mindful of their core competencies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am presently a partner with AMPHS and is one of the organizations that I have a great deal of respect. They are caring , and very dedicate to what they do. I am also very impress by how effective they work. on events. T he CEO goes out into the community and help those that are in need of Health screenings and are in need of information about health care .

We are happy and please to be partner with such a great organization, which I am sure will be making more than a difference in people lives whether its in their community or others.

Great Job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went to an AMPHS program and was very impressed by how effciently they worked and the high quality of the program. Everyone roled up their sleeves, including the CEO, who is smart and, later I learned, open to collaboration with other organizations. AMPHS does a lot with a little, and has the right spirit. Really exceptional.