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Community-based Centers of Excellence

The Community-based Centers of Excellence Initiative expands access to comprehensive, culturally sensitive health care for low-income people.

The Initiative sprang from our efforts to measure the quality of care our patients were receiving in New York. Our analysis showed Children’s Health Fund was exceeding the quality provided by private insurers. These measurements became a benchmark that has improved our ability to track and increase the quality of care throughout the National Network.

The Initiative has helped expand access at our New York City programs and has enhanced care in the areas of:

  • childhood asthma management;
  • child obesity management and diabetes type II prevention;
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and management; and
  • health care before, during and after childbirth.

Children's Health Fund uses a “medical home” model with a comprehensive approach to care. This includes access to mental health services, since depression and trauma are prevalent among our patients. Culturally-sensitive health education materials and low-literacy Spanish/English materials are being developed around these four areas of care.

A research team from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services determined that in 9 out of 10 clinical measures, the South Bronx Health Center for Children and Families outperformed local, state and national averages.  For example, 100% of children with asthma at the Center were on asthma medications and 98% of women receiving prenatal care at the Center were screened for HIV at their first or second prenatal visit.