Inner-City Primary Care Centers Built as Models for N.Y.C. Health Infrastructure

Starting in 1992, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as the lead funder, the United Hospital Fund (UHF) of New York created the Primary Care Development Program (PCDP), which organized a consortium of NYC foundations and raised $1.9 million to add to the $2.1 million contributed by RWJF.

PDDP directed the development of five centerpiece primary care programs intended to improve services to the predominantly low-income and minority residents of four communities—the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; Bushwick, Brooklyn; and Harlem in Manhattan.

It also worked on seven smaller projects to enhance existing primary care capacity in New York City and test new models of outreach, education and training.

Key Results

  • By the end of the RWJF grant, the PCDP had provided $2.2 million in grants to 12 projects, including five centerpiece projects, to develop new primary care capacity.

  • The projects served more than 20,000 clients per year and increased NYC's primary care capacity by an estimated 145,000 annual visits.

  • PCDP contributed to the development of five new primary care sites in the South Bronx and one in Bushwick, Brooklyn.