A Message from Our President & CEO
Dear AMPHS Community,
As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to take a step back and reflect on this historic year we have had, and outline how we will build off of our successes to make 2016 an even stronger year.
On December 17, we held our first annual Holiday Party, Appreciation Awards Dinner & Town Hall at The Torch Club in Manhattan. The theme was "A Celebration of Community Health." We had recognition from NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for being named a rising star in the NY nonprofit industry, in addition to our state legislature and Assembly Assistant Speaker who presented a NYS Citation resolving that for "ensuring disadvantaged individuals can enjoy access to healthcare with dignity, empathy, and respect", AMPHS is an "outstanding institution, one that certainly merits recognition for superb work and contributions to community." As a prelude to the event, we started the evening with a press interview, and highlights of the event will be published in the regional press to generate more widespread publicity for AMPHS. We ended the evening with breakout group discussions between AMPHS Partners / Supporters and AMPHS Volunteers to discuss challenges and opportunities for developing community public health strategies.
We also introduced the first annual AMPHS Community Health Awards. Congratulations to our 2015 honorees. We hope you enjoy the awards and the gift certificates as a small token of our appreciation for your tremendous dedication and passion to advancing community public health. And we thank all of our volunteers for the hundreds of hours that went in to building AMPHS what it is today.
We are very thankful to end the year by hosting such a unique event for such a diverse range of stakeholders to all engage together in open discourse on AMPHS' future, and to candidly speak with all those present to understand your AMPHS experience. The leadership and board is committed to bringing the discussion a step further by supporting the development of programs, systems, and solutions that address challenges at AMPHS today so that they will not be challenges tomorrow.
Finally, while we had a great time celebrating our accomplishments and success, we should also not forget those who are suffering. From the recent attacks in Paris and Mali to San Bernardino to even our neighbors here in New York City, there are individuals who don't have shelter, who can't afford to visit the doctor, who have to spend the holidays in pain and suffering. AMPHS remains committed to serving those in need, and we hope the Town Hall is only just the beginning of many more conversations to come. I encourage everyone to continue the dialogue with us beyond just the breakout discussions but into next year and the years ahead, whether in person, virtually, or out in the community.
And of course, if you have any further questions, comments, or feedback, we want to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to me or the entire Board of Directors directly at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
On behalf of the AMPHS Board of Directors and our leadership team, I thank you for being a member of the AMPHS community, and I am excited about what we can do together in 2016.
Yours in service,