Urban Health Plan joins NCLR’s National Affiliate Network

February 19, 2016 — Bronx, New York:  The board of directors of the NCLR (The National Council of La Raza) just voted to have Urban Health Plan (UHP), Inc., a network of community health centers based in the Bronx and Queens, become one of its national affiliates.

“We are proud to become a member of NCLR’s Affiliate Network, which has an outstanding history of addressing Latino issues across the country,” says Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, president and CEO of Urban Health Plan, Inc. “We look forward to working with them to accomplish their mission of improving the Latino community’s opportunity for success and achieve the American Dream.”

NCLR’s Affiliates provide programs and services to millions of Hispanic Americans and use their expertise to give voice to issues facing Latinos. Through their work, these nonprofits provide educational tools for children and adults, prepare workers to enter the labor force, facilitate the integration of immigrants into schools and the workforce, register people to vote, provide health services, help families purchase and stay in their homes, and promote policies that support the well-being of Latino families.

“NCLR will work closely with Urban Health Plan whose leadership and hard work has helped expand opportunities for Latinos in the Bronx and Queens and connect them, not only with quality healthcare, but to other important services that improve the their lives,” said Sonia Pérez, NCLR Chief Operating Officer.  “We are proud to serve as a national voice for these affiliates and the families who count on them, and we extend a warm welcome to UHP to our network.”

Urban Health Plan’s mission is to “continuously improve the health of communities and the quality of life of the people we serve by providing affordable, comprehensive, quality, primary and specialty health care and by assuring the performance and advancement of innovative best practices.”

Today, UHP delivers care to over 73,000 patients who account for 366,000 patient visits through a network of facilities that include a state of-the-art 90,000 square foot health center, eight satellite health centers, nine school-based health centers serving children and teens, and three administrative and program sites. The staff has more than 800 associates and providers, many of them Latinos who live in the areas we serve.

UHP is also committed to the economic welfare of the people in the South Bronx. Our workforce development Nike Dexter McCoil Jersey center, Project HOPE, assists job seekers with life-long resources that include career planning, job placement, schooling, economic support and retraining.

“We believe that NCLR’s mission is aligned with our mission, and that we can collaborate to improve the lives of the Latinos families—and all the families—that we serve,” added Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez.

Urban Health Plan (UHP) is a Joint Commission accredited network of federally qualified community health centers based in the South Bronx and Queens and has been serving the community since 1974. For more information, visit www.urbanhealthplan.org.  Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on You Tube post your photos on Instagram.

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