(New York, NY) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today hosted a proclamation ceremony at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and to celebrate the CBWCHC’s 50th anniversary.
The CBWCHC 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 CBWCHC serves 60,000 patients with approximately 500 staff members.
“Today, I have the honor and privilege to present a proclamation to the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center on behalf of the people of New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The CBWCHC stayed open through the worst of the pandemic, serving the city’s aging, immigrant, and non-English speaking population to ensure they received the care, attention, and compassion they deserve. Born 50 years ago with a purpose to root out anti-Asian sentiment and provide necessary community healthcare, the CBWCHC continues to fulfill its mission, inspiring New Yorkers—and the rest of the nation—as they tackle the two biggest epidemics of our century: the hate epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. The City commends you on your commitment to serving the public.”
The CBWCHC is honored to receive this recognition during the pandemic, which has stayed open every day providing care, even at great cost in the early months. Today, our COVID-19 Vaccination Centers have administered over 40,000 vaccine doses to eligible community members, with particular focus on vaccinating those who are elderly, non-English speaking, or more likely to face barriers accessing healthcare.
CBWCHC Board Chairperson Jiming Liang reflects on the staff’s commitment throughout the pandemic. “This has been an especially difficult period for Asian Americans everywhere as we have been scapegoated and targeted while we continue to serve our communities throughout the pandemic. This proclamation is important as it recognizes us and our contributions to New York City. Our unwavering doctors, nurses and support staff have shown extraordinary commitment,” said Liang.