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ACTION PERFORMANCE COMMITMENT (APC) COMMUNITY SERVICES, Inc.
WHO WE ARE?
Action Performance Commitment (APC) Community Services, Inc., is a community-based Organization in Brooklyn, New York. This organization began in 1996 as a for-profit private consulting partnership, providing academic guidance to graduate students. Since then, it has evolved into a not-for profit agency encompassing social, economic, and educational components.
The mission of APC is to provide high quality services in the areas of health and wellness, advocacy, domestic violence prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, youth, mentorship and day care services to foster the empowerment of residents in underserved and other communities.
Realizing that by giving to the poor we are lending to God; APC Medical Mission provides free comprehensive medical care in the promotion of health and wellness to underserved peoples of the world. It is in this vein that APC is committed to travel wherever God leads, to seek out and serve without regards of ethnicity, religious persuasion and socioeconomic status of the recipients.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Yvonne Peters……………….………….Board Chairperson
Dr. Janice Emanuel McLean, Ph.D, ND.............……..President
Naomi Modeste DrPH........……..........…………Vice President
Hildegarde Reimers………….................………….. ..Secretary
Claire Patterson-Monah……....................………… ..Treasurer
Dr. Orin Douglas…………….…….......……..Medical Director
Dr Alan Woodson………………….........……. Dental Director
Dr. Illouise Tucker Dr. Gordon John
Jean Pickering Stephen Isaacs
Vernel Jacob Nia Mendonca
APC MEDICAL MISSIONS
APC has been conducting Medical Mission trips annually, to the Caribbean and Africa since 2011.
The impact has been tremendous to communities served in Guyana, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Ghana with over $.5 Million (USD) worth of medicine, equipment, glasses, and supplies distributed to the people of these regions. During these mission trips APC and their volunteers provide free Medical. Podiatry, Pediatric, GYN, Vision (cataract surgery), dental, mental health services and health education.
DIABETES PREVENTION and MANAGEMENT
APC Community Services has been conducting Diabetes Prevention and Management classes in the community. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is an interactive workshop for people who are at risk for developing diabetes.
NDPP is a CDC-Recognized program with a scientifically proven record of helping people living with Pre-diabetes to reduce their risk of developing the disease by up to 60%. Participants will learn skills to eat healthy, become physically active and manage daily stress. Workshops are held 1 day a week for 16 weeks (1st 6 months) - and 1 day per month for 6 months. APC has conducted 8 classes and hundreds have benefited from these. This was made possible because of a Grant from the Centers of Disease Control.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a six weeks evidence based, interactive program designed by Stanford University for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. This program is to help individuals manage their diabetes. APC has conducted classes at churches and Community Based Organizations.
APC has been recognized in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control as a provider of Diabetes Prevention and Management classes.
CARIBBEAN HEALTH SUMMIT
Program Description: Health care statistics show that Caribbean populations living in Brooklyn suffer disproportionately from a variety of health care concerns, including Autism, Mental health, opioid epidemic and immigration issues. Health care literature shows that medical providers have not always been trained to provide comprehensive, culturally competent care to their Caribbean patients, so that these health disparities may be reduced. This Health Care Summit will address these practice gaps for medical practitioners who provide care to Caribbean populations. The conference will focus on the above mentioned topic.
Target Audience: This program is designed for health care providers; physicians, mid-level clinicians, nurses, and allied health professionals in the NYC metropolitan area who provide medical care to Caribbean and Caribbean American populations.
This was a collaboration of APC Community Services, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital Center, My Time Inc and Bronxville Multi Service Family Health Center.
COMMUNITY WELLNESS DAY
APC Community Services has collaborated with Council Members Jumaane Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene for the last 8 years to host the Community Wellness Day at the Perdergat Park. This is an event that attract over 20 vendors of health services. Individuals receive free Blood Pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, BMI, vision, dental, stress risk assessment and other services. Hundreds of individuals receive services each year. They also receive free fruits and vegetables.
These are individuals that makes APC run like a well oiled machine.
Janice Emanuel McLean Ph.D, ND is the Founder and CEO
Janice Emanuel McLean is the Founder and CEO of APC Community Services. She is currently a Professor at University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies; Academic mentor at Andrews University in the Leadership Program and President of Uzima Life Style Center. She is a mentor, health and lifestyle coach. She is currently conducting Diabetes Prevention and Management classes in the community. She served the Seventh –day Adventist church for over 25 years in various capacities. She also worked at Cicitalli & Associates as the Coordinator of the AIDS Education Center. She served as Policy Analyst at the Haitian centers Council. Each year Dr Emanuel McLean leads a team of Doctors, Dentists, Nurses and other professionals on Medical Missions in different parts of the world. June 14-29 she led a team of 34, Doctors, Dentist for Loma Linda University, Nurses and other Health Professionals on a Medical Mission to Ghana, where over 6,000 individuals received care. She has completed her requirements for the Naturopathic Doctors Degree in 2018 and has launched the Uzima Lifestyle Center in Kalamazoo Michigan. Her goal in life is to serve others and bring glory to God.
Naomi Modeste, DrPH - Vice-President
Dr. Naomi Modeste is a retired Professor Emeritus of Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, California, where she served for 25 Years in several capacities – directing a doctoral program, teaching, researching, mentoring doctoral and master’s students, and chairing the department of Health Promotion and Education for 6 years. She has an earned doctorate in Health education, is an author and researcher with over 70 articles published in peer reviewed and lay journals and a seminar presenter both nationally and internationally. She has experience in directing health education programs at various levels for over 18 years in the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Dr. Modeste has experience as a grant reviewer, health education program evaluator, and volunteers in professional organizations as well as local community organizations.
Board Chair - Dr. Yvonne Peters
Dr Peters has been teaching for the past 47 years. Her career began in the beautiful country of Guyana at the St. Aidan’s Anglican School. Her teaching experience spans various levels of education from Elementary School to University, some of the institution that benefited from her expertise in Guyana were: Tucville Government School, St Phillips and Queens College... In the United States St Marks Day School, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Jon Hus Moravian Church School, Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers. Dr Peters also served as an examiner for the Caribbean Examination Council, at present she is a certified ACT Reader. She also serves as Assistant Chief Borough Reader for the ACT Reading Examination.
Dr Peters is a Poet and a Writer, she is the co Author for a text book used in the CUNY system entitled Preparing for the CUNY-ACT Reading and Writing Test. She is the mother of four adult children Brian, Lester, Roger and Dionne, and grand mother of fourteen grand children. For Dr Peters teaching is her life passion and her goal is to help student realize their full potential and succeed in life. Dr Peters serves as the Secretary of the Board of Director of Academic professional Consulting Inc. She served for some time as secretary of APC Community Services.
Secretary – Hildegarde Reimers
Hildegarde Reimers was born and raised in Port-au-Price, Haiti and migrated to the United States in 1982. She credits her drive to be an active and involved member of the community to her late mother, Marie Ange Puzo. From a very young age, she attended many community and health care events focusing on health disparities among women. She found her passion in public health when she began working at Kings County Hospital Center as an HIV Services Administrator. Ms. Reimers believes that by working in partnership with medical facilities and Community-Based Organizations, we can raise awareness on the health needs of the community, provide quality care and improve the health outcome of children, youth, adults and their families. She has worked for over 20 years with community based organizations and collaborated on numerous HIV/AIDS, mental health and chronic diseases awareness activities.
She is currently the Co-Managing Director of Quality and Value Based Initiatives at Brownsville Multi-Services Family Health Center (BMS). Prior to that, Ms. Reimers was the Sr. Associate Director of HIV Services at Kings County Hospital Center.
Ms. Reimers has been a resident of Queens for the past 35 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from The City University of New York, York College. Ms. Reimers has one son, Olivier Boigris.
Treasurer – Claire Patterson-Monah
Claire Patterson-Monah was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. She is the current treasurer of APC Community Services Inc. Claire has served for years as the clerk of the cooperation, Trustee, Assistant Treasurer of St Albans Congregational Church UCC and Financial Director of Guyana Cultural Association of NY Inc. Claire is an accomplished transformative servant leader with over four decades of exemplar academic and professional accomplishments in the fields of Healthcare Administration and Food and Nutrition administration. She is dedicated to serving the Lord by volunteering and serving on several boards and committees in her community.