The Institute Blog

Why We ♥ The ACA: Reason #5

March 24, 2017

Reason #5: Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment as an Essential Benefit Historically, mental health services have not been valued in the same way that medical and surgical services are. The Affordable Care Act...

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A hot meal and a free haircut

February 21, 2017

  Last month we teamed up with the owners of Queens-based barbershop, Corona Barbershop Plus, to offer free haircuts to our homeless patients. The Institute operates a health center alongside the soup kitchen in...

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Learning the Importance of Empathy in Healthcare

January 6, 2017

When I started my job last Fall as a Homeless Care Manager with the Community Health Practicum Program, I honestly did not know what to expect. On my first day at a homeless care...

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“Socks & Roll” – Making an Impact on the City’s Homeless

December 15, 2016

Dr. Nikki Neretin, our medical director for homeless services, wrote this message to students, faculty and staff of Columbia Teachers College, after their generous donation of socks to her homeless patients. To read more sock...

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Institute Staff Give Back for the Holidays!

December 13, 2016

Institute staff celebrated the holiday season at our staff appreciation event at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY, Saturday, December 10th.  There were over 900 staff and guests in attendance.  Many staff members...

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The Institute Observes World AIDS Day

December 2, 2016

Yesterday, December 1st, was World AIDS Day. Every year, the Institute’s COMPASS program organizes an observance of World AIDS Day at various sites, to remember the patients (friends/family/community members) we have lost, and pledge our support to...

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National Recovery Month Recap: #CelebrateRecovery Tips of the Week

September 30, 2016

Photo: Thomas McCarry, LMHC Today is the last day of National Recovery Month. Each week, we shared a #CelebrateRecovery tip from our Director of Substance Abuse Prevention, Thomas McCarry, LMHC (pictured above). In case...

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Notes from the Field: Empowering Patients in Harlem

September 28, 2016

Dr. Richard Gadomski is a second year resident in our Harlem Residency in Family Medicine. As part of his residency training, Dr. Gadomski assists a local nonprofit, Harlem Children’s Zone, with health-related initiatives. Since I began working with...

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National Health Center Week Recap: Meet our #InstituteInnovators

August 18, 2016

Last week we celebrated National Health Center Week by showcasing our #InstituteInnovators. The theme for the week was “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health.” At the Institute, our innovators are working tirelessly...

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Notes from the Field: Lending a Helping hand to the African Diaspora

July 29, 2016

Dr. Demetri Blanas is an alum of the  Harlem Residency in Family Medicine program. He graduated last month with the class of 2016.  As part of his residency training, Dr. Blanas assisted local nonprofit, African Services Committee(ASC), with health-related initiatives....

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