The long awaited opening of El Nuevo San Juan's expansion, Simpson Pavilion is now open for patients to visit. Please check out the directory below to see where our services have been relocated. UHP will have the Simpson Pavilion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 1, 2014. This will be a very special day as it is the birthday of Urban Health Plan, which marks 40 years of service in the community! If you have any questions or need more information, please call our UHP Information Line at 718-860-5555.
Over the past year, we worked with Dateline NBC to produce a segment on asthma. The segment highlights the plight of New York City Housing Authority residents who are struggling with housing repairs that are affecting their health. It features several health centers that are helping with the asthma epidemic. Urban Health Plan is one of the health centers featured in the segment and our own Dr. Acklema Mohammad is featured on the episode "Brealthless." This is a very exciting media opportunity for us and a great way to kick off our 40th Anniversary!
Click the link below to view the segment on Dateline!
Urban Health Plan began in 1974 as an evolution of a group practice with the mission of providing basic and specialty medical care, comparable to those found in local hospital outpatient clinics, to the community's predominantly Hispanic and poor residents. It is the brainchild of Dr. Richard Izquierdo, a life-long resident of the South Bronx and a pediatrician/family practitioner. Concerned by his community's declining health status, and unable to meet the demand for primary medical service in his burgeoning private practice, Dr. Izquierdo sought to expand his practice into an HMO-style practice that offered care in a consistent, cost effective, and managed manner. Because of the lack of primary care services in the area, many residents had grown accustomed to waiting out long lines in local hospital emergency rooms for routine medical care or for the treatment of acute medical conditions, which could have been prevented if diagnosed earlier. Dr. Izquierdo opened the San Juan Health Center in 1967. Seven years later, UHP, a private, non-profit corporation licensed by the Department of Health, was established to broaden the scope of the work started by the San Juan Health Center.