Family Health Center of Harlem
The Family Health Center of Harlem provides primary medical, dental and mental health services and offers some specialty care, including pediatrics, OB/GYN, podiatry, cardiology, ophthalmology and HIV care. It also operates a nearby school-based health center. In December 2012, the Center moved to a new facility at Madison Avenue and 119th St. The new site boasts 37,000 square feet of brand new clinical space, including 28 primary care exam rooms, 14 dental operatory rooms, a 14-room counseling center, an eight-room medical specialty suite, pregnant and postpartum nutrition assistance program space and community rooms for health education classes and meetings. The Center utilizes a health care model that features electronic patient records linked throughout IFH’s clinic system and accessible, bilingual information and self check-in kiosks. The new facility will provide 85,000 visits to 10,000 patients annually.
The Center’s service area consists of Central and East Harlem, which are ranked among the poorest areas in New York City. It is federally designated as a Medically Underserved Area/Health Professionals Shortage Area. Community residents are primarily African American and Hispanic, and nearly one-quarter lack health insurance. Rates of diabetes and obesity are significantly higher than citywide averages.
Walton Family Health Center
The Walton Family Health Center, located in the west Bronx, just a few subway stops from the Harlem site, originally opened in 1998 in partnership with the St. Edmund Church. The center has recently expanded three-fold. A new wing and second story opened in September 2012, and renovation of the original space was completed in the spring of 2013.
The expansion increased the center from six to 18 exam rooms, from three to seven dental operatories, and from a single counseling room to a mental health suite with eight offices. It added a large conference room for prenatal and diabetes group visits, health education, mental health groups and staff training. At full operation, the facility will provide primary care, dental care and behavioral health services to 15,000 residents of Mt. Hope, University Heights, and West Tremont neighborhoods of the Bronx. The renovated building will be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and equipped with the Institute’s award winning electronic health record and practice management system.
The community served by the Walton Family Health Center is designated both a primary care and dental Health Professional Shortage Area. The residents of the surrounding neighborhoods are predominately low income African-Americans and Latinos. Approximately one quarter are immigrants, and the majority have only a high school education or less. Many suffer from high rates of diabetes, asthma, hypertension, depression, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Roughly 80 percent of the patients seen receive Medicaid, while the rest are uninsured.
Additional Training Sites
Residents may also elect to complete specialized rotations at primary care delivery sites operated by the Institute including:
- Two school based health centers located in New York City public schools: Washington Irving Campus (grades 9-12) and P.S. 57 (grades K-8).
- Eight part-time practices serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Seven of the sites serve adult populations and are co-located with soup kitchens or transitional residences; the eighth serves LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.