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Community Healthcare Network; a place for strength

Winter Update 2009
 Healthcare Network 
 Health Centers:
Bronx Health Center
Men Receive Care at New Male Focused Clinic
in Harlem 
CHN's Men's Health Clinic at the Helen B. Atkinson Health Center focuses on providing preventative care services to men in a male-centered environment.
"We decided to introduce our first Men's Health Clinic in Harlem because African American men in Central Harlem have some of the worst health indicators of all racial and ethnic groups, male or female," said Catherine M. Abate, CHN president and CEO. 
The clinic provides primary healthcare services for the men in the Harlem area the fourth Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
$500,000 Awarded for New Health Center
CHN Board Member Joanne Toran, Catherine Abate, Councilmember Robert Jackson and CLOTH Executive Director Yvonne Stennett at check presentation.
Community Healthcare Network received $500,000 from Councilmember Robert Jackson in October 2008 to support constructing a new health center that will occupy the ground floor of the new Community Health Academy of the Heights, a small public 6th-12th grade school with a focus on community health.
"Without the generous support of Councilmember Jackson, we wouldn't be able to move forward with this innovative health care and educational project which will improve the health of the community," said Catherine M. Abate, CHN president and CEO.
The project represents a unique partnership with the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and New Visions for Public Schools.
Patient: I Got My Strength From CHN
"To me, there are worse things than HIV," said Victoria, with a glimmer of hope in her eyes.

Hope is something Victoria struggled to find before coming to CHN's Women's Supportive Services Program at the Queens Health Center, a program that helps women diagnosed with HIV or AIDS navigate the healthcare system and receive emotional support.

"I remember the doctor wouldn't step into my room. He just stood by the doorway, threw my chart at me, and yelled 'You have AIDS! I won't treat you! We don't want you here!," Victoria said, remembering how her family learned that she had AIDS at a local hospital. "It was so loud that everyone nearby could hear him, including my son."

Diagnosed with HIV in 1981 after contracting the virus from a blood transfusion, Victoria  spent years hiding her status from her family and contemplated suicide several times as a way out. The day the doctor told her that her HIV had progressed to AIDS was the beginning of four years of time spent in and out of hospitals struggling to receive compassionate care in a time when little was known about HIV.
In 1998,everything dramatically changed, Victoria said when she joined WSS, becoming the first client in the program.

Victoria began receiving most of her medical care at CHN and 10 years later still comes to WSS meetings to help other women.

"I got my strength from CHN," she said. "My self esteem has been lifted up, and now I can go out and tell people to come out and get help."

Today Victoria spends time educating people on sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS and regularly makes trips to her home country of Trinidad to visit relatives.

Considering her condition over a decade ago, Victoria's energy and love of life has dramatically transformed.

"Today I'm blessed," Victoria said. 
Help women like Victoria get the care they need. Support CHN Today!

Medical Home Model 2009 Focus
CHN is preparing to introduce the medical home model to our patients. The medical home is a model of primary care delivery in which patients receive well-coordinated services,evidence-based care, and enhanced access to a clinical team.  
A medical home has the following characteristics:
  • Personal relationship between patient and provider
  • Team approach
  • Comprehensive and appropriate care
  • Coordinated care
  • Emphasis on quality and safety
  • Expanded access through systems such as open scheduling and expanded hours
  • New options for communication between patients, physicians, and practice staff.
The introduction of electronic health records last year has prepared us to take this next step to providing continuous quality care to our patients. 
Electronic Health Records at CHN
As part of a continuing commitment to providing the highest quality health care to patients regardless of their economic status, CHN implemented Electronic Health Records at all of its health centers last year.
"Bringing Electronic Health Records to our centers is helping to streamline patient's appointments, reduce wait time and allow for us to see more patients during the day," said Yvette Walker, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at CHN. "It also reduces medication errors and enables better monitoring of patients."
In 2006, CHN was selected by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to participate in the Primary Care Health Information Consortium as one of the first agencies to adopt electronic health records under city sponsorship. 

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