To launch the New York Children’s Health Project (NYCHP) in 1987, Children’s Health Fund created the first mobile medical office on wheels. The NYCHP “Blue Van” made regular rounds to the city’s shelters, ensuring access to health care by bringing care to homeless children. Today, NYCHP is among the nation’s largest providers of health care services to homeless children, offering an oasis of hope for New York’s neediest.
NYCHP’s health care team serves 13 locations across the city. Patients in homeless and domestic violence shelters, drop-in centers and residential facilities for runaway street street youth find a "medical home" in caring relationship with our skilled and sensitive medical professionals.
The South Bronx Health Center (SBHC) is CHF’s first community-based health center in New York. It serves a community where there were few existing comprehensive health services before CHF’s facility was established in 1993 in partnership with Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The health center provides a medical home for underserved children and families. With 12 exam rooms, two treatment rooms and a public meeting room, it is a thriving hub for health care and education in the community.
New York Programs' newest health center, the Center for Child Health and Resiliency (CCHR), opened in 2011 and is dedicated to improving the health, cognitive and emotional development, resiliency, and life prospects of vulnerable children and youth. The center employs a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary team of pediatricians, women's health providers, mental health providers and evaluation specialists. CCHR incorporates the science of early childhood development into the medical home model, helping parents build up protective factors against toxic stressors (such as poverty and environmental challenges) and ensuring that they feel equipped to raise healthy, well-adjusted children.
The Starr Center for Preventive Health and Special Initiatives coordinates and supports the development, implementation and administration of Special Initiatives, which focus on health issues that disproportionately affect the patient population. The Starr Center's research/evaluation team is dedicated to continuous quality improvement, health outcomes surveillance and program evaluations, as well as development and dissemination of best practice models. Additionally, a key component of the Special Initiatives is to develop culturally appropriate patient education and health promotion materials.