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A Healing Community: The East New York Community Health Center

A Healing Community: The East New York Community Health Center

Dr. Martin-Naar welcomes patient to the East New York Community Health Center (photo courtesy of Jim Lafferty)

Our mission statement says it: Housing Works is a healing community. And we’re expanding that healing to all homeless people in East New York, with the grand re-opening of the East New York Community Health Center, which we’re celebrating the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility on April 4th at 10 a.m. The center has been renovated to serve the medical needs of all East New Yorkers, regardless of HIV status.

“Homeless people remain one of the most vulnerable populations to HIV infection and other chronic health conditions,” said Dr. Martin-Naar, Senior Vice President for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for Housing Works. “We’re happy to be able to offer high-quality health services to a greater number of people.”

Homelessness and HIV are critical issues facing the East New York community. East New York has the highest rate of home foreclosures in the city (16.8 per 1,000 homes were foreclosed in 2010), and has a 30% higher HIV diagnosis rate than NYC overall.

Housing Works’ ENY Community Health Center, located at 2640 Pitkin Avenue, has been operational since 1998 as a freestanding health and housing facility in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

The East New York Community Health Center will continue Housing Works’ commitment to a patient-centered, integrated health care model. The center will provide high-quality primary medical services that include prevention services, acute care, pediatric care, chronic disease treatment, care coordination and follow-up care. Patients will have access to transportation services to facilitate referrals and attendance at health care appointments. Other services will include mental health and substance use treatment, nutrition counseling, translation services, and health education.

“Housing Works has been providing services to people with HIV in East New York for 14 years, and we are looking forward to extending our hand to even more people in the community,” said Marylyn Martin-Naar, MD, Senior Vice President for Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for Housing Works.

The center has recently completed renovations by expanding from three examination rooms to five rooms. At full operating capacity, the expansion will support 2,600 new medical patients, 80% who will be homeless, in 10,552 medical visits annually.

General operating hours will be from Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm and with plans to include evening and weekend hours. Clients will not be turned away based on their immigration status, insurance status, or their ability to pay. East New York Community Health Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance and offers a reduced sliding fee schedule based on a person’s income and family size.

To see more photos of the facility, visit our online virtual tour.

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