Ensure that everyone has full and equal access to the highest level of health care.
Provide high-quality and affordable health care to all, building on our heritage of success in caring for underserved Asian Americans.
We Put Patients First
We serve patients with respect and compassion, and put their needs first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awards + Recognition
In 2023, the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) once again recognized the quality of our work with a number of its highest awards, including the Health Center Quality Leader “Gold” recognition for clinical quality in the top 10 percent nationally.
Additionally, we were recognized for advancing telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability, and incorporating social determinants of health; improving access, quality, and reducing health disparities. We also received recognition for our efforts to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the healthcare we provide, including National Quality Leader awards for services in the areas of diabetes and Maternal and Child Health.
In addition, we have been recognized through quality incentive awards by many major health plans, including HealthFirst, Fidelis Care, UnitedHealthCare, and Emblemhealth.
Expertise + Experience
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 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.