Apicha Community Health Center’s mission is to provide affordable healthcare for underserved and vulnerable people living in the New York City boroughs and on the lower east side of Manhattan.
“We care” embodies everything that Apicha CHC does. Whether it’s our approach to otherized people, the LGBT community, individuals dealing with HIV/AIDS, or anyone else, we show everyone the same amount of dignity and respect. “We care” is what we live and breathe, It’s an essential part of who we are and will always be.
Our leadership, our dedicated providers, and our friendly and respectful staff truly care about the health and well being of members of our community. We believe and are guided by the following 10 core values:
Because we care, our LGBT center in New York City provides a variety of culturally competent health care services that include primary care, HIV specialty care, transgender primary care, sexual health services, mental health services as well as community education programs that have been designed to be sensitive to your unique cultural needs and lifestyle choices.
We understand and respect that protecting your privacy is absolutely necessary. Our friendly staff has been trained to provide discreet medical care and support to everyone who needs it. We are here to serve you regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, English competency, immigration status or ability to pay. We provide services to anyone who walks through our clinic doors.
You can visit our clinic located in lower Manhattan at 400 Broadway by using our side lobby entrance off of Walker Street and entering the clinic lobby by the door to the left. When you enter the lobby, you will be greeted by our team of friendly, respectful, and multilingual staff who will provide all the support and guidance you need to stay healthy and improve your overall quality of life.
Our mission at Apicha Community Health Center is to improve the health of our community and to increase access to comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health, and supportive services. We are committed to excellence and to providing culturally competent services that enhance the quality of life. We advocate for and provide a welcoming environment for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
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Formerly named Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, we were founded in 1989 to address unmet HIV/AIDS-related needs of Asians and Pacific Islanders in New York City.
Our founders worked with Native American leaders to disaggregate “Asians and Pacific Islanders” and “Native Americans” from an “Other” category in HIV/AIDS surveillance data. Their successful advocacy opened the doors to government and private funding streams that enabled us to build a continuum of HIV/AIDS services, starting with prevention education and outreach to HIV primary care.
In 2009 after two decades of HIV-focused practice, we expanded our nationally recognized HIV care model to include general primary care. This expansion initially included offering primary care to HIV-negative people who were at high risk for HIV, which then led to the establishment of an LGBT clinic, an STI clinic, and Hepatitis screening, immunization and treatment. In 2011, we launched our Transgender Health Clinic to address the unique healthcare and wellness needs of transgender, gender variant, gender nonconforming, and gender queer people of color.
Most recently, we began offering high-resolution anoscopy and cervical colposcopy to our patients who are at high risk for anal and cervical cancer. In 2012 we became a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQHC-LA) and in August 2015, we became a full-fledged Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Our providers have extensive experience working with Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans and other people of color. We also specialize in serving individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, as well as people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
A Brooklyn native, Dr. Tanyka Sam is Apicha CHC’s Executive Medical Director. After attending Cornell University for her undergraduate career, Dr. Sam attended both medical school and completed her residency at SUNY Buffalo. Following her residency, she completed a GIM fellowship in Baltimore, Maryland, where she focused on clinical research, clinical education, and clinical investigation. She is passionate in providing comprehensive care to patients and creating an effective primary care program. Dr. Sam takes great joy in working with patients and creating long-lasting relationships while helping them be healthy and achieve their health goals.