The city's premiere LGBT health center will open a clinic in the South Bronx in an effort to keep up with the growing medical needs of critically-underserved gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers.
The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, based in Chelsea, is expected to open its clinic in the Melrose section in January or soon after.
It's funded, in part, by a $650,000 grant from monies earmarked for community clinics by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, the center said Monday.
The Callen-Lorde clinic will be in a 3,500-square-foot suite in BOOM!Health’s five-story, 35,000-square-foot nonprofit Wellness Center at 3144 3rd Ave., which celebrated its opening, Friday at the site of the old Brook House Furniture building.
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“We are one of several LGBTQ-focused community health centers nationwide being recognized as an integral part of the health care system that will ensure culturally and clinically competent health care is accessible to all," said Wendy Stark, Callen-Lorde’s Executive Director.
More than a thousand of Callen-Lorde's patients in Manhattan live in the Bronx. Clinic construction starts next month.
The clinic will offer a safe space for LGBT youth, primary care and behavioral health services, and a special program dedicated to serving people who reside in shelters, officials said. There will be six exam rooms.
Stark said that when the clinic is fully operational, it expects to serve nearly 4,000 people annually.