Anyone who has gone without medical insurance knows that to see a physician, dentist, or any other medical professional can be a costly experience. Often the uninsured/underinsured simply go without routine preventative care which can lead to life threatening events. The Community Healthcare Network provides medical services at the Helen B. Atkinson (HBA) Health Center, east of Lenox Ave. on 115th St., in Central Harlem. A wide range of services is offered at this center. Patients are able to receive Primary Care, HIV Care, Mental Health Care, Social Services, Health Education, Nutrition Services, Dental Care, Podiatry Services, Reproductive Health Care, and Services for Teens.
The Community Healthcare Network is a not-for-profit organization with several locations throughout New York City. The health centers allow patients to receive care regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. The commitment to meet the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is apparent as you notice posters offering translation services in numerous languages. The Network also ensures that the staff reflects the diversity within the community.
Recently I had a chance to experience dental services at the HBA Health Center. I was able to see Dr. Sheree Morgan, DMD. She had a warm, jovial, and professional manner that put you at ease from the moment she asked the proverbial question, “When was your last dental visit?” At one time I did not have dental coverage so I sheepishly admitted that I was overdue for a check-up–no punitive remarks or glaring eyes as Dr. Morgan proceeded with the examination. I would also like to note that her assistant was very efficient. My x-rays were available before Dr. Morgan finished cleaning my teeth. During the procedure, I found out that Dr. Morgan had a previous career as a chemist. Patients at the HBA Health Center should feel confident that Dr. Morgan is not only competent in dentistry but also understands the chemical interactions of the medications used in her line of work.
Community Healthcare Network
Helen B. Atkinson Health Center
81 West 115th St.
New York, NY 10026
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