Primary Care

Project Title

Building Primary Care Capacity in Queens

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Primary Care

Date Awarded

December 30, 2015




In Progress



Many Asian Americans experience health disparities compared with the general population, including higher rates of chronic diseases and lower access to primary care services.

Numerous factors contribute to this problem, such as language barriers and immigration issues. Founded in 1971, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (Charles B. Wang) is a nonprofit federally qualified health center that operates service sites in Lower Manhattan and in Flushing, Queens. The majority of its 49,000 patients are low-income, uninsured, or under-insured Asian Americans with limited access to basic health care. As a result of a growing South Asian population in Queens, Charles B. Wang’s Flushing site is now at full capacity. In 2015, NYHealth awarded Charles B. Wang a grant to support the opening of a second clinic to serve the Queens community.