Founded in 2010, AMPHS strives to create a local system of making care more accessible to immigrant New Yorkers through culturally-sensitive intervention methods, de-institutionalized healthcare environments, and grassroots outreach.
Academy of Medical & Public Health Services is a not-for-profit health service organization with a triple aim to identify barriers to health and wellness in underserved immigrant communities; coordinate truly needed primary care with social assistance; and deliver care with dignity and empathy to marginalized New Yorkers. Through its community public health interventions, AMPHS lends to the empowerment of individuals and communities to create their own local and culturally-sensitive health and wellness paradigms.
AMPHS strives to be a premiere interdisciplinary health service organization, building faith and transparency within our communities. 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.
Through all of our actions and programs, we strive to uphold the AMPHS PILLARS:
Passion, Innovation, Leadership, Loyalty, Accountability, Respect, Service
AMPHS is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors who oversees the President & CEO, plans the strategic direction and vision, and provides capacity building and development support.
Hewett Chiu, MPA, FAHM | Chairman | Executive Director MHSC, NYC Department of Health
Margaret-Ann Cole, EMBA | Advisor, Former Vice Chair | Managing Director, Accenture
Scott Nolen, PhD, JD | Secretary | Director of Drug Addiction Treatment, Open Society Institute
Ira Salom, MD, MSc, MS, CPE | Member | Clinical Director, U.S. Indian Health Service
Mon Yuck Yu | Member | Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff, AMPHS
Robert Spellman, MHA | Member
AMPHS is led by a Senior Staff who oversees specific function areas. Our work is carried out by a passionate force of over 40 volunteer professionals with expertise in clinical medicine, public health, health policy, law, finance, compliance, social work and case management, counseling and mental health intervention, data science, communications, cultural anthropology, language interpretation, and other fields.
Hewett Chiu, MPA, FAHM | President & CEO
Mon Yuck Yu | Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff
Tuan Tran, MPA, RT(T) | Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Sandra George, JD, MBA | Senior Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer
Ira Salom, MD, MSc, MS, CPE | Clinical Director & Chief Medical Officer
Raoul Bhatta, MD | Coordinator, Community Health Services
Tony Schwartz, MD, MS | Advisor, Medical Affairs
Nadine Fraser, MD, MPH | Advisor, Medical Affairs
Jie J. Sun | Coordinator, Dental Health Services
Jill Miller, PhD | Psychologist
Sheila Raj, LMSW, CASAC-T | Social Worker
Kathleen Iverson, LCSW | Social Worker
Pensri Ho, PhD | Coordinator, Community Health Research
Maria Aguilar, PhD | Coordinator, Cultural Sensitivity
Nicholas Maistros, MFA | Coordinator, Social Communications
David Miller, MBA | Coordinator, Government Affairs
Peter Suib | Advisor, Data & Systems
AMPHS is proud to take in some of the most difficult cases in our immigrant populations, and offer all our services completely free of charge. We create a safe, open environment within indigent communities where local residents can discuss health concerns and seek care without regard to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, documentation status, and any other discriminatory factor. Even in the face of health reform and Medicaid Redesign in New York State, an estimated 250,000 immigrants still will have no means of accessing care. AMPHS is there for them.
We understand that health care is not exclusive to the clinic or hospital, but most of “real care” happens outside of the medical setting. That is why we not only strive to tackle community members’ current health issues, but also promote disease prevention and wellness related to other social determinants of health. AMPHS’ programs and services aim to offer an integrated, culturally-sensitive "one-stop-shop" health service center for immigrants. Ultimately, this means we are not just treating the body of a patient, but serving an individual human being.
We strongly believe that to be successful, we need to be integrated with our community and leverage the resources of our partners. We are proud to work closely with a strong number of community-based organizations, hospitals & health systems, corporate sponsors, and government offices to serve our community members. A few of the organizations in our partner network include: New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, Interfaith Medical Center, Turning Point Brooklyn, Duane Reade, Latino Commission on AIDS, Center for Family Life, Chinese-American Planning Council, World Journal, Catholic Charities, ArchCare, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and New York Immigration Coalition, among others.
Additionally, we hold academic affiliations as a community practice / training site for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, NYU College of Dentistry, and Hofstra University School of Law.
The below program model shows how by integrating (1) direct clinical & social service; (2) community health education; and (3) public health research & evaluation in a streamlined manner, we are able to lessen the burden on our community's healthcare system on a broader scale.
We are proud to have been recognized for our innovative service delivery model.