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Last modified: August 13, 2013, 7:13 PM
The year was 1971 and the community health care movement was just beginning. In New York, a group of dedicated community health activists created what was then innovation in health care advocacy— the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS).
Established to give a voice to the state's network of community health centers as leading providers of primary care, CHCANYS is now seen as one of the premiere primary care associations in the country. CHCANYS not only works to increase access for those who would otherwise go without care through advocacy and education but also creates major new programs and initiatives that showcase community health centers as centers of excellence.
CHCANYS defines new directions in primary care delivery at the more than 60 federally qualified health centers with approximately 600 sites throughout the state. From clinical excellence to health information technology, from workforce development programs to eliminating health care disparities, CHCANYS' goal is to provide community health centers with the resources needed to provide high quality, community-based primary care to anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay.