Monday, April 25, 2016

Hewett Chiu (LS ’11, CAS ’14, Wagner ’15) on Making Healthcare More Accessible and Influencing Public Policy

Can you tell us about your work?

I am President and CEO of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS), a not-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, where I am from originally. We work to de-institutionalize and de-stigmatize the access of much-needed healthcare to vulnerable populations, particularly the immigrant population of New York City. These communities experience barriers to medical care for a variety of reasons, and AMPHS aims to create a safe haven and a comfortable environment for these individuals to access healthcare.

You are also co-founder of AMPHS. What motivated you to create the organization?

It started during my freshman year at NYU.  I was the president of a club that I also founded, the Emergency Health Education club. Our mission was to bring public health awareness to students at NYU.