Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership

The CHHMP Student-Run Clinic at P&S

The Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP) is a student-run clinic providing free, quality medical care and health services to the homeless or uninsured community in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. This program was established in May 2007 by Columbia University medical students in partnership with the Center for Family and Community Medicine (CFCM). The clinic operates every Tuesday evening from the basement of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 126th Street and Old Broadway.

Ten to twelve medical students see patients under the supervision of CFCM faculty physicians James Spears, MD, and Urmi Desai, MD, with support from other family medicine physicians and residents. To ensure continuity for students and patients, the same group of medical students, residents, and attending physicians commit to working at the clinic on a near weekly basis, with plenty of time for each patient encounter and for students to take extensive social histories.

CHHMP is also focused on deepening the education of student-clinicians to learn about the health and social needs of the community, the challenges of providing healthcare to underserved populations, and how to advocate for these populations.