New York, NY (July 29, 2011) — To commemorate its fortieth anniversary, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has published the book From Street Fair to Medical Home.
The book tells the compelling story of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center — formerly known as the Chinatown Health Clinic — from its beginnings as a volunteer-run street fair to its development as a federally qualified health center and leading health care provider for the Asian American community in the New York area.
Throughout its forty-year history, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center expanded its primary care and support services to adapt to the Asian American community’s growing demands. The health center established innovative programming for diabetes, hepatitis B, mental health, and other important community health issues, and built a strong foundation to provide needed bilingual health care services for years to come. The health center’s story proves that empowered individuals driven by vision, inspiration, and perseverance can solve the complex problems within their community.
The hardcover book is beautifully designed with dozens of health center photos from the 1970s to the present, and it includes quotes from former and current board members, staff, and volunteers, biographies of those who contributed to the development of the health center, and descriptions of major medical conditions treated at the health center. From Street Fair to Medical Home is written by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler who have written numerous books, including the ten-volume American Family Album series for Oxford University Press, which tells the history of American immigrant communities.
The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has been serving the Asian American community since 1971. The health center operates in three convenient locations in Manhattan and Queens: 125 Walker Street, Chinatown. Its evolution starts as a volunteer-run street fair to a federally qualified health center that serves nearly 40,000 patients in the New York metropolitan area.
The book is based on interviews conducted with more than 100 individuals, and includes biographies of people who contributed to the health center’s development, photos from our archives, patient stories, and quotes from public and community health leaders.
The 307-page, hardcover book was written by Thomas and Dorothy Hoobler, authors of the American Family Album series published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Jack Geiger, the founder of the community health center movement in the United States, contributed to the book’s introduction. www.cbwchc.org