About us

About us

Our Vision

Ensure that everyone has full and equal access to the highest level of health care.

Our mission

Provide high-quality and affordable health care to all, building on our heritage of success in caring for underserved Asian Americans.

Our values

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We Put Patients First

We serve patients with respect and compassion, and put their needs first.

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We Work as One Team

We act with professionalism towards each other, value everyone’s contributions to the team, and support each other to achieve personal excellence.

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We Focus on Quality

We are committed to delivering high-quality health care and exceptional customer service, strive for continuous improvement, and hold ourselves accountable to our patients and community.

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We Act with Integrity

We use data and evidence to make decisions, and serve as stewards of resources that supporters and partners have entrusted to our care.

Our History

On July 31, 1971, the very first Chinatown Health Fair was organized by a group of volunteers to provide health education and screenings to the medically underserved Chinese community in New York City. Following the tremendous community response, the Chinatown Health Clinic opened its doors that same year, run entirely by volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and students.

The community health clinic was renamed the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in 1999. It has continuously expanded and grown to provide bilingual and bicultural health care services to underserved communities, and has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) since 2010. We have six sites in Flushing, Queens and Lower Manhattan, serving over 54,000 patients with more than 275,000 service visits in 2022.

Learn more about the Health Center’s history in this video, courtesy of The Philanthropy Initiative at the National Museum of American History.

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Awards + Recognition

In 2023, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center was again recognized with some of the highest awards bestowed by the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Our dedication to clinical quality earned us Health Center Quality Leader "Gold" recognition, an honor granted only to the top 10 percent of health centers nationwide.

As the sole health center in New York state to attain the National Quality Leader for Diabetes Health gold badge, and one of only six in the entire United States, we proudly showcase our commitment to world-class diabetes care. This exceptional recognition underscores our providers' and care teams' dedication to empowering patients in managing their diabetes through a combination of medication and sustained healthy lifestyle adjustments.

Furthermore, the HRSA acknowledged us for our strides in advancing telehealth, enhancing patient engagement, fostering interoperability, and addressing social determinants of health. By championing these initiatives, we aim to improve accessibility, enhance quality, and reduce health disparities within our community.

We have also been recognized with several quality incentive awards by a number of major health plans, including Healthfirst, Fidelis Care, UnitedHealthcare, and EmblemHealth.

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Expertise + Experience

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Our providers are board-certified or board-eligible and licensed to practice in the State of New York. Many of our providers are multilingual, to ensure that our incredibly diverse community has access to high-quality, culturally responsive, and affordable medical, dental, and mental health care, as well as health education, social work, and many support services. Our providers take a patient-centered approach by putting their needs first, providing them the highest level of care.

Our Leadership

Our mission is achieved through the leadership of a dedicated team of executives, staff, and board members comprising providers, healthcare experts and business leaders, many of whom come from the very community the Health Center has served for more than 50 years.

In the Community

Growing from a street fair providing free health education and screenings over 50 years ago, the Health Center is still here to serve the most diverse populations. With six locations in Flushing, Queens and Lower Manhattan, the Health Center continues our tradition of bringing health information and services to all through our newly established Community Health Resource Center (CHRC). We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health education information and activities, free health screenings, vaccinations, and other resources to empower community residents to lead healthier lifestyles.

To enhance access to health care services for underserved community members, the Health Center collaborates with health care providers, community-based organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, government agencies, and others through outreach, advocacy, and partnership.

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Face masked residents and staff interacting at a Wang Health Center community health event
Face masked esidents and staff interacting at a Wang Health Center community health event
Face masked residents and staff interacting at Wang Health Center community health event