In 2000 a group of individuals from New Life Fellowship began developing plans for a Christian Community Health Center. At that time New Life did not own a building and we provided health fairs in local parks. Since that time we have provided 80 outdoor health fairs to 4,200 individuals.
In 2005 we began construction on the health center and opened our indoor drop in clinic hours. Over the past ten years we have provided 11,300 patient visits including 6,700 showers to the homeless. In all we have served 2,700 different individuals through the health center facility.
After many years we are preparing to transition from a drop in clinic to a New York State recognized and licensed community health center. Today we presented our Medical Director, Dr Amber Featherstone-Uwague to the congregation. Amber has accepted a part-time stipend role to lead us through these final stages of approval and the preparation of expanding our hours.
Amber is the daughter of a Baptist Minister and accepted Christ and was baptized as a young person. Her faith has grown over the years and she has been exposed to Christian churches from rural Mennonite fellowships to African Pentecostal Churches and artistic non-denominational churches here in NYC.
Amber received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Spanish – she is fluent in Spanish. She has her MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and also a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
Her medical skills and heart have given her the opportunity to serve patients internationally in hospitals in Ecuador, China, Niger, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi. Domestically she has worked in community health centers in Dallas, Texas; Lancaster, Pennsylvania and New York City including several roles with projects for the NYC Department of Health.
Amber was the founding Director of the Doctors of the World Rockaway’s Free Clinic established after Hurricane Sandy. Currently she is working with Settlement Health in Spanish Harlem. Her CV states “Healthcare among underserved populations and refugee and immigrant population health” as her major interest.
Amber states, “I believe that God has given me these diverse opportunities and education to serve at the New Life Community Health Center. Your mission fits my calling to see the Church use health care to share the love of Christ to people from different racial, ethnic, social, economic and faith backgrounds. My initial research on the health needs of our community here in West Queens, NY suggest that we have a great opportunity to meet their health needs through preventative care and health education. I look forward to meeting all of you, but especially the medical providers as we transition the free clinic to a community health center. There are many ways that you can help us beyond just seeing patients.”
Posted: June 27
Summertime is here, and that means more of the outdoors, fun, barbecues...and perhaps higher substance abuse. Our clinic is trying to help our pantry patrons recognize how to respond to these situations in the West Queens areas we serve.
Elizabeth Choe, the clinic's social worker and Zhi Jian (Ken) Wu, a recent medical school graduate attending First Baptist Church in Flushing, recently presented ways that people can recognize substance abuse in others, and what they can do about it. For example, everyone can learn 'warning signs' in others, and what symptoms are in certain kinds of substance abuse issues, in both legal and illegal substances that are often abused or misused. They also gave information on low-cost or no-cost fee treatment centers and resources available for those involved in substance abuse.
One of the most obvious summertime substances abused is alcohol. When the weather's warmer, everyone wants to be out and about, having a good time. Alcohol is one of the most easily-obtained substances that becomes abused in warm weather and party situations. In West Queens, we have a lower hospitalization rate for alcohol-related problems, and that's a good thing. But...we also have a sizable population without medical insurance, so hospitalization or treatment may not happen due to economic reasons.
In West Queens, almost 1 in 5 does binge drinking (5 drinks or more in a sitting), at least once in a month. One of our zip code coverage areas has 40% of males without medical insurance. Among the unemployed or day-worker guys (and even gals) that we see using our showers twice a week, almost ALL have NO medical insurance...and the frequency of those with alcohol-related issues here is getting higher, too.
Please pray that God will help us better track available resources to help those that need treatments that we can't provide. And if you know someone that needs substance abuse counseling or advise, and can't afford the treatments, please call our clinic and ask for Elizabeth Choe, and make an appointment to see her.
Posted: June 16
We held our first Community Health Fair on Sunday, June 14 at the Reformed Church of Newtown. Forty-three individuals from the community were served. Ranging from 20 to 89 years of age these individuals represented 14 different countries of origin. Chinese and Indonesian patients were the predominant groups represented. We look forward to partnering with other groups later in the summer.
Tuesday December 2nd was like that at the New Life Community Health Center. Four clinical pharmacy faculty members with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John's University's School of Pharmacy …Read More
to Partner before December 31, 2011
are several opportunities to partner with the health center financially between
now and the end of the calendar year.
related to the second dental exam room …Read More
2011 Community Health Fairs
past summer NLCHC offered seven community health fairs which served 327
individuals. Fifty of our core volunteers partnered with thirty friends of the
health …Read More