Chinatown Health Clinic to honor healthcare warriors to mark 50th anniversary

The Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation traces its origin to 1971, when a group of volunteers organized a health fair in the streets of Chinatown, NYC to provide health education and screenings to the medically underserved Chinese community.  Today, after rapid growth, several location changes, federal designation, national recognition, and a re-naming, the Health Center – now known as the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC), serves 60,000 patients with approximately 500 staff members.

In lieu of a typical in-person gala, the Foundation has chosen to use its 50th anniversary to virtually honor healthcare staff who have worked through the pandemic, and to host a scientific and community panel discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting back, Dr. Raymond Fong, the Board President of the Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation, makes the connection to civil rights movement.  “This year marks 50 years since that 1971 street fair and free clinic. Our founders were looking to tackle disparities in healthcare, unequal access, and anti-Asian sentiment.  We started at a time of unrest to help fight the war on poverty in underserved communities. We’ve made tremendous progress, but we are still fighting those same battles.”

The uptick in violence against Asian Americans has had health impacts and added to the already strained healthcare workforce.  Noted Dr. Perry Pong, CBWCHC Chief Medical Officer, “We are seeing mental health needs at unprecedented levels. On top of fighting COVID, we are simultaneously offering health education and mental health services to community members during this time.”

Honoring Our Past. Forging a Healthier Future 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EST) 
Registration is FREE and required to attend the event. 
bitly.com/chcf2021 

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