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


The Institute opens a new school based health center in collaboration with Harlem Children’s Zone. The health center is located at the Promise Academy II on 125th Street and Madison Avenue, and serves children in grades K-12.


The Institute graduated its first class of residents from its Harlem Residency in Family Medicine, a federally-funded Teaching Health Center and the only program of its kind in the historic neighborhood of Harlem.

The Institute purchased a building in Harlem and consolidated its administrative offices from East 16th Street and West 19th Street to this new location. This move is saving the Institute operating funds, as well as being a valuable investment property.

The Institute met its goal of covering one third of its Medicare, Medicaid and commercially insured patients in shared savings agreements that have been developed with five different health care plans.


In collaboration with two other FQHCs, the Institute founded FamilyHealth ACO, a Medicare-designated accountable care organization. The ACO is one of only a few in the country led by health centers.

The Institute completed renovations of its Walton Family Health Center, nearly doubling the center’s size and capacity. In addition to primary care, mental health and dental care, the renovated center offers prenatal and diabetes group classes, as well as community fitness classes.

The Institute joined three “Performing Provider Systems” organized in alignment with New York State’s DSRIP (delivery system reform incentive payment) program. The three networks work to streamline and improve health care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Manhattan, the Bronx and Harlem, respectively.


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.