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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

   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   |   Human Resoures, U.S. Veterans Health Administration

   Pablo Sadler, MD, MPH   |   Member   |   Medical Director, NYC Department of Health

   Indu Berman, MBA, MPH   |   Member   |   Strategic Development Manager, UCLA Health

   Scott Manson, JD, CPA   |   Treasurer


2019 Report  |  2015 Report  |  2014 Report  |  2013 Report  |  2012 Report  |  2011 Report  |  2010 Summary


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.

Executive Management

    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

Medical Services

    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

Dental Services

    Jie J. Sun    |    Coordinator, Dental Health Services

Psychological Services

    Jill Miller, PhD    |    Psychologist

Social Services

    Sheila Raj, LMSW, CASAC-T    |    Social Worker

    Kathleen Iverson, LCSW    |    Social Worker

Public Health & Research

    Pensri Ho, PhD    |    Coordinator, Community Health Research

Cultural Competency & Interpretation

    Maria Aguilar, PhD    |    Coordinator, Cultural Sensitivity

Communications & Systems

    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.  


In 2012, we were named a Nonprofiteer of the Year finalist, standing among the likes of President Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative.


In 2013, we were named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, being described as a high-impact, on-the-ground organization.


In 2014, we were awarded GuideStar Gold-level Charity status for our commitment to upholding the highest levels of accountability and transparency in the not-for-profit sector. Furthermore in 2014, we were given our second consecutive Top-Rated Nonprofit status, achieving a 4.7 Star out of a 5 Star rating by GreatNonprofits.


In 2015, we were awarded the Emblem Commitment to Care Award for eliminating barriers to clinical health care services for underserved immigrant populations.


In 2016, we achieved GuideStar Platinum status, received the Harvard Medical School Dean's Service Award and NYU Community Fund Award; and was recognized by the New York City Public Advocate for our community public health efforts.