The Ambulatory Care Network's Center for Community Health and Education (CCHE) is a community and School-Based Health Center program providing comprehensive medical, mental health, and health education services for medically underserved adolescents and adults in New York City (primarily Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem). In partnership with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Population and Family Health, CCHE operates the Family Planning Practice (Family Planning and Young Men's Clinics) and seven School-Based Health Centers serving 15 New York City intermediate and high schools.
CCHE collaborates with local New York City public schools, and the Columbia University Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery.
Established more than 30 years ago to help address the barriers that prevent New Yorkers from accessing healthcare, CCHE's mission is to improve the health of adolescents, women and men by providing high quality and comprehensive medical, mental health and health education services. CCHE advances service innovations through community partnerships, teaching and advocacy. Patients are treated equally with dignity, courtesy and confidentiality regardless of ability to pay.
The goals of the CCHE are to: