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View a full history of the Institute’s milestones here.


In January, the Institute began providing primary care and behavioral health services for patients from the International Center for the Disabled (ICD), which closed its health care services to focus on its core mission. As part of that closure, the Institute also acquired the Health Connect Project, a SAMHSA – funded integration project. The Institute also opened a Center for Counseling at the AIDS Services Center in Manhattan, maintaining community-based mental health services for roughly 100 individuals, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS, that had been operated by ICD.

In September, the Institute opened its newest School Based Health Center at the High School of Fashion Industries, serving 1,500 students. The New York City Board of Education has committed to building out a state-of-the-art health care suite at the site, to be completed in 2014.

Also in September, New York State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nirav Shah, gave the inaugural Grand Rounds lecture of the Institute-led Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His remarks centered on the transformation of the health care system, focusing on the importance of primary health care and training primary care providers. Afterward, he gave a key note address at the ribbon cutting for the Institute’s Family Health Center of Harlem, which began seeing patients in December 2012.


The Institute receives federal funding from HRSA to open its second Teaching Health Center program at its Family Health Center of Harlem. The program trains family physicians in the provision of primary care services in high-need communities in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Hospital.

The Institute opens the Family Health Center of Harlem, a newly renovated, 37,000 square foot community health center. Funding was provided by the New York State Department of Health, the New York City Council, and other sources. The center is expected to provide over 80,000 medical, mental health and dental visits annually.

The Institute establishes a new Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The department is the first department of family medicine at a Manhattan academic medical center. The Institute’s President & CEO, Dr. Neil Calman, serves as chair.

The Institute opens the Stevenson Family Health Center in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Like all Institute centers, Stevenson offers comprehensive primary health services to patients of all ages, regardless of ability to pay.

With funding from Single Stop USA, the Institute launches a new Veterans Initiative. The program is dedicated to lifting veterans, military members and their families out of poverty by assisting them in accessing necessary government and Veterans’ benefits.

The Institute is designated the lead agency in the only Medicaid-funded “Health Home” in Ulster County. The Institute also partners with a number of other health and human services providers to establish a Health serving Bronx and Manhattan patients. The Health Home program provides care management services to Medicaid beneficiaries with multiple complex chronic conditions.


The Institute is designated one of the first Teaching Health Centers in the country. For the first time, federal funding for graduate medical education is being given directly to 11 health centers in an effort to support physician training in primary care. The Institute is using this funding to expand its Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program in Kingston, NY.

The Institute breaks ground for an expansion of its popular Walton Family Health Center in the Bronx, which is expected to serve over 15,000 patients annually when the larger facility opens in 2012.

The Institute for Family Health is recognized by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for MedlinePlus Connect, a tool that integrates with any patient health record application to link patients directly to high-quality, relevant health information on The project was the result of a collaboration between the Institute and the National Library of Medicine.


The Institute opens the Access Program at the Kingston Family Health Center to provide primary medical care, psychiatry, dental care and other services to 900 adults with developmental disabilities living in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Robin Hood awards the Institute $1.1 million to implement an innovative diabetes care model at 10 health centers that combines diabetes care teams, a state-of-the-art electronic health record, and the strength of the Institute’s community health center model to improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes.

The Institute opens the Family Health Center at North General, a full-service community health center projected to serve 20,000 patients in its first year. The center offers primary care, mental health, dental care and support services to the Harlem community. Read more