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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 clinic was renamed 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 three sites in Lower Manhattan and two in Flushing, Queens, serving more than 62,000 patients and 300,000 service visits in 2019.

Learn more about the Health Centerís history in the video below, courtesy of The Philanthropy Initiative at the National Museum of American History.


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