With 2017 coming to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) has accomplished.
As an organization rooted in the NYC Chinese community, our focus has always been on meeting the needs of our community. In our 45-year history, we have been established as the go-to place for quality care. Additionally, with our linguistic and cultural understandings, CBWCHC is often central to the conversation of changing health care priorities.
In July, we announced plans for a community health center in the bustling retail and residential hub in Flushing, Queens. Aptly named Healthview, the 77,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is a glimpse into what many hope to be the future model of health care. The new center, which will put a focus on primary and preventive care, is designed to address a gap in convenient and affordable health care services facing Flushing’s booming population. As a well-established provider in New York, CBWCHC hopes to use this expansion to further engage with our community and create a healthier future for all.
Since our announcement, we have received generous support from the City, foundations, and individuals. We still need $10 million to reach our fundraising goal. There are many ways to help support this project – you can make a donation, host a fundraiser, or take part in our naming opportunities.
To learn more about Healthview, please visit our website.
The Chinese population is one of the fastest growing ones in New York City, and many do not receive routine medical care due to cost. Additionally, Chinese New Yorkers deal with a different set of health issues from the ones facing the general NYC population.
This summer, CBWCHC hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and Dr. Wenhui Li, director of statistical analysis and reporting, on a new report on Chinese New Yorker mortality.
The report revealed cancer to be the leading cause of death for Chinese New Yorkers, not heart disease – the leading cause in the US and NYC. It was also discovered that lung cancer deaths increased for this population while it decreased in NYC overall. Based on these findings, the DOHMH plans on releasing more anti-smoking messages in Chinese. CBWCHC is doing its part with its comprehensive Quit Smoking Program, offering free in-person and phone counseling to patients and community members in both English and Chinese.
For more information about the services available, please visit our website.
CBWCHC has been a long-time advocate for hepatitis B virus (HBV) testing in New York City. Due to the high prevalence of HBV in our community, the Health Center has made screening and vaccination a routine part of every patient visit. As a result, over 25,000 adults have been screened for HBV.
Despite these efforts, the number of reported cases of HBV has increased by nearly 10 percent across New York City in 2016. In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, CBWCHC launched a unique educational tool to combat misinformation and stigmas surrounding the disease.
“The Test” is an 8-page comic book that would fit right in any graphic novel section. Instead of a tale based on the supernatural realm, the comic takes place in the very real Manhattan Chinatown with cameo appearances from Confucius Plaza and CBWCHC. Created by author Amy Chu and illustrator Louie Chin, the story follows a nurse practitioner who encourages members of her community to get tested for HBV and how different characters interpret their test results.
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One of our Health Center’s main missions is to make sure that everyone has access to the highest level of health care, including providing culturally relevant materials that help educate, protect, and prevent people from illnesses. In recognition of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, we’ve recently published our own educational comic book, “The Test”, that explains everything one needs to know about hepatitis B. Download your copy on our blog: www.cbwchcblog.wordpress.com/ Written by Amy Chu @amy_chu and illustrated by Louie Chin @loubot. Development of this material was made possible with a grant funded by Miranda Wong Tang.
“The Test” has been distributed throughout the United States and has also been adopted by the Mississippi State Department of Health and translated for their growing Vietnamese population.
Download your copy of “The Test” here.
We have a big year ahead of us and there is much to do. We look forward to continuing to impact our community, grow and innovate.
Written by Christine Zhuang