Family Medicine and Community Health

The Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

A collaboration between the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Institute for Family Health, the Department opened on July 1, 2012.

We are dedicated to developing an array of educational, research, and clinical care programs aimed at teaching, studying, and providing high-quality, patient-centered primary and mental health care. 

Our Mission

Educational Mission
We strive to ensure outstanding primary care educational experiences for students, residents, and fellows in both outpatient and inpatient settings, using an integrated family practice model.

Research Mission
Our goal is to develop evidence through clinical and health services research that advances primary care knowledge and practice, addresses barriers to health equity, enhances patient engagement, and informs health policy. We focus on several key research areas:

  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Patient-centered care
  • Health information technology
  • Integration of behavioral health care and primary care
  • Women’s health in the primary care setting

Clinical Mission
We endeavor to deliver high quality, patient-centered primary health care targeted to medically underserved communities. To support this clinical mission, we:

  • Work to refine models for delivering primary health care, behavioral health care, and social services for patients of all ages and backgrounds
  • Use health information technology to enhance the quality and efficiency of care, coordinate care with other providers within ISMMS, offer patients access to their health records, and interact with the public health care system
  • Maintain the highest levels of privacy and security of personal health information
  • Implement community-based health promotion and outreach programs

As a part of our overall mission, we are committed to: 

  • Promoting work force diversity
  • Providing a supportive work environment that encourages personal and professional development of our faculty and staff
  • Caring for those who experience difficulty accessing health care due to socioeconomic factors, disability, or other issues

About Family Medicine

Family medicine is a division of primary care that provides health care across the lifespan. It has a long history and was officially recognized as a medical specialty in 1969. The American Board of Family Medicine gives the following definition:

“Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences.”

Within our department, we see family medicine as comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally competent. The family practice model of care is based on a holistic approach to health that integrates psychological, social, economic, and environmental determinants of health with biomedical factors. We view comprehensive women’s health care, including a full scope of reproductive care, as an integral part of family medicine. Many of our doctors have additional specializations in fields such as HIV and geriatrics.

The Institute for Family Health operates the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in affiliation with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Institute, founded in 1983, is committed to high-quality, affordable health care and accepts all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, at all of its practices. The Institute uses its expertise and resources to address racial and ethnic disparities in health, advance use of health information technology, and find innovative ways to improve care for diabetes, depression, women’s health, HIV, and other priorities in the communities it serves. It is committed to improving the health care system, particularly for individuals and communities who historically have had limited access to care. It also engages in research to improve health care services and participates in policy development at local, state, and national levels.

The Institute for Family Health is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) network that holds both a New York State Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center license and an Article 31 Office of Mental Health license, providing medical, mental health, and dental services, as well as primary care training and education. The Institute operates 19 full-time and 8 part-time health centers serving low-income communities in New York City and the Mid-Hudson Valley. Across all of these sites, the Institute provides 575,000 visits to nearly 100,000 patients each year. As an FQHC, it meets national standards for affordable, accessible, comprehensive health care services. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level 3 patient-centered medical home, the highest recognition available.

For more information, please visit the Institute’s website

The integrative medicine program provides access to safe, evidence-based integrative primary care. We focus on prevention, wellness, patient health education and self-care, as we seek to understand and address the context of illness, healing and wellness in the patient’s life.

Learn more about the Integrative Medicine Program

Sponsored by the Institute for Family Health in affiliation with the Mount Sinai Health System, residencies in Family Medicine include the Harlem Residency in Family Medicine, the Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program, and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine. The Institute also offers fellowship programs for family physicians including the Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship, the Clinical Research Fellowship in Family Medicine, and the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship.

Learn more about our residency and fellowship programs