Community Healthcare Network

Community Healthcare Network, a nonprofit provider based in Midtown, signed a 35-year lease to establish an expanded federally qualified health center in the South Bronx, the organization announced last week.

The lease, which was secured by advising company Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, will allow the Community Healthcare Network to build an expanded health facility at the 8,000-square-foot location at 1000 Westchester Ave. The FQHC will be about 50% larger than the existing location, said Robert Hayes, president and CEO of the nonprofit.

The building was leased to the Community Healthcare Network for approximately $45 per square foot, totaling $363,000 for the first year of occupancy, Hayes said. Rent costs will increase by 2% annually, he added.

The South Bronx FQHC will be able to accommodate an estimated 4,000 additional medical visits, totaling 16,000 visits a year, Hayes said. The facility will have the capacity for 2,600 annual dental visits. The opening of the new FQHC will mark the first time dental care is offered at the South Bronx location, Hayes added.

The additional space at the new facility will not add medical exam rooms and dental offices and include space for care navigators to support the social and economic needs of patients. Residents of the South Bronx have higher rates of chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease—all of which should be addressed through direct medical care and by directing resources for housing and economic support, Hayes said.

“Health care in a bubble is not very effective,” Hayes said. “You really need to connect the dots.”

The new building will be across the street from its existing location. Hayes said the new location would not change travel times for patients in the South Bronx, preserving continuity of care for its patients.

Christopher Turner, managing director of transaction services and principal with Denham Wolf, said it’s typically a challenge to find the right piece of real estate for FQHCs because they don’t want to disrupt patient care. The new facility’s location across the street eliminates any chances of disruption, he said.

The company configured the terms of the lease over 35 years so that Community Healthcare Network could apply for a tax waiver from the city through the 420C process. Typically, taxes would cost up to 25% of base rent, but this expense has been taken out of the deal and will help CHN save money, Turner said.

The new building will be delivered to Denham Wolf in September, Turner said. The Community Healthcare Network expects to occupy the building by early 2024, Hayes said.

Community Healthcare Network provides healthcare, dental, nutrition, wellness and other services to New Yorkers. The network consists of 14 federally qualified health centers across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, as well as mobile vans that bring care to under-resourced communities.—A.D.

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Community Healthcare Network Hosts 7th Annual Transgender Health Conference in New York at The New School 

Conference to focus on the Redefining Transgender Health 

(New York, NY) – Community Healthcare Network (CHN) will host its 7th annual Transgender Health Conference, in collaboration with The New School, New York City community health plan Amida Care, and the New York State Department of Health, on October 26th and 27th at The New School.

“The conference focuses the understanding of the journey of a person of trans experience—from the clinical obstacles they face to how they are affected by behavioral, societal and even legal challenges,” said Freddy Molano, Vice President of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs, Community Healthcare Network. “Although amazing advancements have taken place, there is a need for much more growth in the clinical and societal understanding of people of trans experience, and our conference seeks to address just that.”

Bamby Salcedo, the event’s keynote speaker, is an award-winning advocate for the Trans Latina community. She is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatina Coalition, and, in 2014, released the documentary Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story. Her keynote will focus on the TransLatina experience in the United States, and the issues affecting people of trans experience.

The conference covers a range of clinical and social topics including health insurance, medications such as PrEP and PEP, legal issues faced by transgender communities, and preparation for gender-affirming surgery. The conference’s second day (Oct. 27, 9 am – 12 noon), organized in partnership with Amida Care, focuses on information for licensed clinicians. Amida Care is New York’s largest Medicaid special needs health plan for people living with chronic conditions such as HIV and provider of high-quality comprehensive health care to its significant population of transgender plan members.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic has a disproportionate impact on the transgender community. People of transgender experience need and deserve access to comprehensive, culturally competent,

gender-affirming health care,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “We need to break down the barriers that keep health care out of reach for many in the transgender community, including violence, lack of employment opportunities, housing instability, and discrimination. This conference is an important, one-of-a-kind forum for ideas and solutions to address these disparities, and Amida Care is proud to be the lead health care sponsor.”

Presenters include representatives from the NYS Department of Health, including the AIDS Institute and Bureau of HIV Prevention and Control; Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Amida Care; and experts in clinical, behavioral and legal care for transgender individuals, among others. A full copy of the program agenda, and background on all speakers is available on the conference website at:

Transgender people have specific healthcare concerns and oftentimes face bias, discrimination, or ignorance when seeking medical care. CHN understands these concerns, and offers a unique and welcoming environment with high-quality medical care.

The organization, which founded its Transgender Family Health Program in 2004, is leading the field in transgender care. CHN is the first New York City-based Health Center to provide comprehensive services to patients of transgender experience in a family health setting. CHN serves nearly 450 transgender patients annually at their Bronx Health Center in the South Bronx, Family Health Center located in Jamaica, Queens and the CABS Health Center located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • Community Healthcare Network 7th Annual Conference on Transgender Health 
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 
  • 9am-5pm 
  • The New School- 63 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011 
  • Friday, October 27, 2017- FOR LICENSED CLINICIANS ONLY 
  • 9:00 am- 12:00pm 
  • The New School- 63 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011 
  • About Community Healthcare Network 

Community Healthcare Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit organization providing access to affordable, culturally-competent and comprehensive community-based primary care, dental, nutrition, mental health and social services for diverse populations in 12 underserved communities throughout New York City. CHN serves more than 85,000 individuals a year who would otherwise have little or no access to critical health care. CHN is composed of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and NCQA designated Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and a mobile health unit. To learn more about CHN visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Amida Care 

Amida Care Inc. is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders, and people who are homeless (regardless of HIV status). Amida Care has a wide network of top health care providers in the five boroughs of New York City and is the largest Medicaid special needs health plan (SNP) in New York State. For more information, visit