Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
provides quality health care and related services primarily to New York's
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities regardless of ability to
pay. Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness and advocates for gay,
lesbian, and transgender health issues.
Callen-Lorde's grassroots heritage
dates back over 34 years to 1971, to the St. Mark's Community Clinic and the Gay
Men's Health Project, two volunteer-based clinics that provided screening and
treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases. These clinics merged in 1983 to
form Community Health Project (CHP), a mostly volunteer-staffed, episodic care
program that housed the country's first community-based HIV clinic. CHP became
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center on March 2, 1998, and remains the New York
metropolitan area's only health center targeting the needs of the LGBT
communities and those living with HIV/AIDS. Its services are vital to LGBT
persons, who often face discrimination in the mainstream medical community, and
as a result, do not receive adequate or timely medical care.
state-of-the-art health center is located at 356 West 18th Street in Manhattan.
It is a 27,000-square foot, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant,
fully licensed, New York State Department of Health Article 28 Diagnostic and
Treatment Center. We are the first LGBT agency in the nation to be designated a
Federally Qualified Health Center under Section 330(e) of the Public Health
Service Act.Callen-Lorde offers primary and specialty medical services,
including a continuum of HIV/AIDS care; mental health services; case management;
a health education resource center (HERC); and HOTT (Health Outreach To Teens),
New York State's only comprehensive program for the health and mental health
care of LGBT, homeless and other street youth. Callen-Lorde's services are
provided to all, regardless of ability to pay, in a sensitive, caring, and
Callen-Lorde provides screening and
treatment for hepatitis A, B, and C, and hepatitis A and B immunization.
For individuals without coverage from
insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, Callen-Lorde offers a sliding-scale fee
structure based on income and family size.