Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, MetroPlus, and NYC Department of Health Partner to Offer Free Community Health Screenings and Tuberculosis Testing in Sunset Park
Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS)（安服心公共健康服务中心）, a nonprofit organization that works to provide free and accessible health and education services to immigrants in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is partnering with MetroPlus Health Plan to offer a series of community "pop-up" health events throughout the Sunset Park neighborhood in 2019.
The health screenings will involve exams for cardiovascular and respiratory disease, vision deficiencies, behavioral health conditions, and nutritional needs with a doctor or registered nurse. The clinician will also provide a general health and wellness consultation, while a social worker will be available to help answer questions and provide referrals for public benefits, health coverage, and immigration assistance. MetroPlus will also be available to answer health insurance questions. The next screening date is Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11 AM to 3 PM at 807 48th Street, 2nd Floor, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
This month, NYC Department of Health (DOHMH) will be conducting a free and confidential tuberculosis (TB) testing during the event, in response to the tuberculosis outbreak in Sunset Park that was announced in 2015. NYC Department of Health works with the community and other stakeholders to detect, treat and prevent tuberculosis (TB) throughout NYC. Testing in Sunset Park has been one of the agency’s biggest priorities; according to a recent DOHMH report, the rate of tuberculosis in Sunset Park, at 17.9 cases per 100,000 people, is still the highest of any NYC neighborhood and two times higher than the citywide rate.
The Department of Health recommends that residents get tested if they have had a cough for longer than 2 weeks, spent time with a person who may have had TB or lived in or visited a country where there is a lot of TB. They should also get tested even if they don't feel sick because they may still have TB germs in their body and be infected with TB. TB is preventable and treatable, and TB testing is an important first step in protecting your health and preventing TB disease. TB testing event is made possible through funding from a grant from The Stony Wold-Herbert Fund.
All services will be provided in full confidentiality and are free of charge, regardless of documentation or insurance status and ability to pay. No one will be asked about their immigration status and everyone is welcome to attend.
Individuals interested in making an appointment should call Academy of Medical & Public Health Services at (212) 256-9036, Tuesday to Saturday, from 10AM - 6PM.