To provide high-quality, accessible healthcare to uninsured adults through consultation, treatment, preventative care, and referral services, at little or no cost.
The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) is a student-led initiative aimed at providing high-quality and equitable health care to uninsured individuals in New York City. We offer comprehensive primary healthcare services, including preventive care, treatment for acute and chronic conditions, and referrals to appropriate and affordable specialty services. We aim to extend healthcare access to underprivileged populations, while encouraging the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy among our medical students and faculty.
Among large urban areas in the United States, New York City has the seventh largest percentage of uninsured residents, comprising a growing group of individuals whose healthcare needs are not being adequately met. A recent survey by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOH) reported that approximately 700,000 New York City residents between the ages of 18 and 64 lack health coverage. Uninsured individuals reported not receiving appropriate and necessary treatments for acute and chronic conditions. They are also less likely to receive proper preventive health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, pap smear or mammogram screenings. Together, these statistics demonstrate a clear need for affordable, high-quality health services for uninsured New York City residents. Inspired by this need, the WCCC started as a student-based initiative in 2003 to develop a free health clinic, and opened its doors on April 8, 2006. Under the supervision of an attending physician, the clinic provides adult primary care services to uninsured individuals.