New Haven, CT – For Immediate Release — Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) has been recognized for the 6th year in a row as a national Health Center Quality Leader.  The Gold Quality recognition is the highest level of quality leadership awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) among the nearly 1,400 health centers nationwide.  HRSA’s quality recognition is the closest thing we get to a yearly report card. We recognize that patients often have a choice where they get their care; this recognition suggests that FHCHC is the high-quality choice.

FHCHC is the only health center in New Haven and one of only four in Connecticut to be designated a 2023 Gold Award Health Center Quality Leader for best overall clinical performance.  FHCHC ranked among the top 10% of Health Centers nationally on indicators such as behavioral health, preventive health screening and chronic disease management for adults and children.

In addition, FHCHC is ranked in the top 10% of health centers committed to providing Covid-19 vaccines and testing to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.  We are proud to have been able to provide free COVID-19 testing that was easy, safe, confidential and accessible to everyone.

“We are honored to be recognized by HRSA in the top tier of health centers across the country. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients have access to the highest quality of care,” said Dr. Suzanne Lagarde, CEO of FHCHC.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, FHCHC is committed to the community’s needs and to bringing high quality clinical services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.  This includes the construction of a 35,560 square foot clinical building that is 3 stories plus a full basement, and will be located adjacent to the existing 374 Grand Ave health center in order to expand the primary care services offered on the campus.  The new building will open in the spring of 2025.

About Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) Fair Haven Community Health Care is a federally qualified community health center (“FQHC”) established in 1971 in New Haven, CT by local activists. A nationally recognized leader in addressing health disparities in an urban community, FHCHC offers high quality, comprehensive health care to medically underserved and uninsured families. FHCHC serves over 32,000 patients at over 135,000 appointments/yr. Three hundred plus medical providers and staff assure that patients have access to high quality care (prenatal through geriatric). FHCHC provides a full spectrum of primary medical care, behavioral health services, wellness support and dentistry at 19 locations in the greater New Haven area. FHCHC has been awarded the Gold Award for Health Center Quality Leaders from the Federal Health Resources & Services Administration for six consecutive years. FHCHC is the only Health Center in New Haven, and FHCHC ranks among the top 10% of Health Centers nationally on its quality indicators. FHCHC has also been recognized as a “patient centered medical home” by both The Joint Commission and by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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