The Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP) is a free clinic that treats the needs of the city’s unhoused, underinsured, and underserved population. Dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to care, our 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 from the basement of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 126th Street and Old Broadway.
CHHMP is committed to providing high-quality health care to the unhoused, underinsured, and underserved population with free services that include primary care, dental care, and more. 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 an almost weekly basis, with plenty of time for each patient encounter and for students to take extensive social histories.
Volunteer and Educational Opportunities
CHHMP also focuses on deepening the education of student-clinicians. We help students learn about the health and social needs of the community, the challenges of providing healthcare to underserved populations, and ways to advocate for these populations. Our program teaches medical students how to practice medicine and helps reinforce the values of humanism and service.
Learn about the free medical services and resources we offer to uninsured patients at CHHMP.
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