The Center for Community Health and Education (CCHE) is a community and school-based program providing comprehensive medical, mental health, and health education services for underserved adolescents and adults in New York City (Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem and the Bronx). The year 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of our program. In partnership with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Population and Family Health, the CCHE:
- Operates the community-based Family Planning Practice, which is comprised of the Family Planning Center and the Young Men's Clinic
- Runs seven School-Based Health Centers serving 23 New York City intermediate and high schools
- Implements community education programming, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and a teen peer education and leadership program.
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, as well as many community-based organizations.
Our Mission and Goals
The Center for Community Health and Education improves the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, women, and men by providing high-quality and comprehensive medical, mental health, and health education services. We advance service innovations through community partnerships, research, teaching, and advocacy. All of our patients are treated equally regardless of their ability to pay. Through CCHE programs, we aim to:
- Provide comprehensive women's and young men's healthcare services
- Provide primary healthcare services to adolescents that include medical, mental health, health education, and STI/HIV prevention education and counseling services
- Prevent early childbearing and delay initiation of first intercourse
- Increase the use of effective contraception among sexually active men and women who are not seeking pregnancy