CHN has been committed to providing access to quality healthcare services for low-income and uninsured New Yorkers for more than 30 years.
Our story begins in the late 1960’s, when a group of storefront clinics in NYC began dedicating themselves to offering family planning services. In 1981, to strengthen management and administration of these twelve community-based health care centers, the Community Family Planning Council was established.
The clinics soon expanded to include primary care, mental health and social services. In 1998 the name was changed to Community Healthcare Network to better reflect our comprehensive array of services.
Since its inception, the agency has grown tremendously in response to such social crises as unequal distribution of medical care, adolescent pregnancy, AIDS, inner city poverty and homelessness. Here is a glance at our history:
1981: Founded as the Community Family Planning Council
1986: Became first provider in NYS to offer prenatal care to shelters on the mobile health clinic
1987: Offered HIV counseling and testing
1991: First family planning agency in US to offer comprehensive HIV primary care to HIV infected women
1994: Granted Article 31 license in Brooklyn
1996: Began transitioning to full primary care including adult medicine, adolescent care, pediatrics and well-baby care
1998: Helen B. Atkinson Health Center became first 330 New Start health center
1998: Name changed to Community Healthcare Network
2000: Transition to comprehensive primary care complete at all centers
2001: Opened first dental clinic at HBA
2004: Became one of the first in nation to adopt HIV rapid test
2006: All centers designated Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
2007: Assumed management of the Downtown Health Center, now the Catherine M. Abate Health Center
2008: Adopted Electronic Health Records
2009: Assumed management of the Long Island City Health Center
2010: Received NCQA Recognition for Level 3, Patient-Centered Medical Home
2011: Assumed ownership of the Tremont Health Center and the Family Health Center
2014: Opened the new Community League Health Center
2015: Opened school based health center at the Seward Park Campus
2015: Inaugurated the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program
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