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Health care

Access to medical care is at the forefront of national debate, but how do you access health care now? Below is a comprehensive list of health resources compiled specifically for the Bronx community – including information about health resources for artists, New York City public health services, mental health services, reproductive health services, charity care options, and a Bronx health listserve.

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guides and websites

The Actors Fund’s guide, How to Get Affordable Health Care in New York City, compiled by the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center ( provides an excellent overview of health resources and options available in New York City, and explains key terms used in health care. Read the document for info about and links to the Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Healthy NY, Medicare, and Child Health Plus government-subsidized health care programs and for links to many more resources. If you have further questions, please call their hotline at 212-221-7300 x265.

NEW YORK CITY HEALTH INSURANCE LINK for individuals and Small Businesses
NYC Health Insurance Link is a new website that will assist individuals and small businesses in search of health insurance in New York City. NYC Health Insurance Link enables consumers and small businesses to compare price and benefit information for private health plans in one convenient location. the site also provides information on ways to make coverage more affordable and offers education on important health insurance basics, including terms and definitions and consumer protections.

Selected Health Resources for Artists


Offered through Dance NYC through a partnership with Adventure Advocates. Visit to find out more information.


The ArtistAccess program is affiliated with HHC Options and allows artists trade their services for healthcare credits. Anyone who does creative work is eligible (musicians, dancers, visual artists, and more); artist credits are good for services available through HHC Options (see below). Programs are offered at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. ArtistAccess may expand in the future to other HHC hospitals in New York City.

ArtistAccess at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
The pilot program has served more than 500 creative people since 2005. Call 1-877-244-5600 to set up an appointment. FAQs here.



The Freelancers Union offers a range of health care plans to members - and it’s free to become a member. Qualifications to enroll are based on U.S. residency, how you work and what industry or occupation you work in, hours, and earnings. More info here.



85 W. Burnside Ave, Bronx, NY
Free/low cost care for the uninsured through Health Connections office; also accepts insurance. Several locations.

  • Comprehensive primary medical care
  • Urgent Care Unit (walk-in clinic) M-F 5-9pm, 12-6pm Saturdays
  • Women’s Health & Birthing Pavilion with midwives!
  • Dentistry
  • Behavioral (Mental) Health services (walk in or by appt. - dial extension x3200)

More information here.

New york city public health

Offers low cost health care services to the uninsured on a sliding scale based on income, regardless of immigration status, at all New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) sites in NYC, including Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, New York 10461
General Information Number: (718) 918-5000

HHC Options is also available in the Bronx at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, (718) 579-6414; Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center, (718) 960-2636; Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center, (718) 579-1763; and North Central Bronx Hospital, (718) 918-3375.

More info about HHC Options here.



crisis and referral specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free, at no cost.
1 800 LIFENET (1-800-543-3638)
LIFENET In Spanish: 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373)
More info here.


The Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic
1165 Morris Park Ave, Room C-14, Bronx, NY

Offers services at very low fees on a sliding scale; insurance not accepted.
“All clinical services are provided by doctoral and master’s level students who are closely supervised by licensed and experienced psychologists.”

  • Child/Adolescent Therapy
  • Individual Adult Psychotherapy
  • Ferkauf Older Adult Program
  • Family and Couples Therapy
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Academic Remediation
  • Career Counseling

Clinic hours: M-Th 8-8pm, Friday 8-6pm, closed weekends. Closed August. more info

(walk-in and by appt)
85 W. Burnside Ave, Bronx, NY

Free/low cost care for the uninsured through Health Connections office; also accepts insurance.

Behavioral (Mental) Health services (walk-in or by appt. - dial extension x3200)

more info

Reproductive Health

The Bronx Center, 349 E 149th Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10451

Provides affordable sexual and reproductive health services and education to women, men, and teens, regardless of age, income, or immigration status.

  • Abortion Services
  • Birth Control Services
  • Emergency Contraception
  • HIV Testing
  • LGBT Services
  • Men's Health Services
  • Patient Education
  • Pregnancy Testing, Options & Services
  • STD Testing & Treatment
  • Women's Health Services

more info


Charity care

Often available at private clinics and hospitals. Efforts are made on-site to connect the patient with insurance options, but if this is not possible patients can apply for charity care. Listed below are several and links whenever possible to fee structure.

Affiliated with Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
Charity care based on proof of income; help with applying for qualifying programs.

List of clinics here.

In the northwest Bronx, offers charity care at a sliding scale fee.
Visit online or call 1-800-MD-MONTE for referrals and locations.
Document showing charity care rates.  

Bronx Health Listserve

BRONX HEALTH LINK E-Communication Network

Sign up to get timely notifications about health events and other information in your email inbox. The Bronx Health Link E-Communication Network is a collaborative project of the Bronx Planning Council and The Bronx Health Link, Inc. It provides information on topics of interest to the health literacy community, including:

Mondays: Funding Opportunities and Awards/Fellowships and Internships/Job Postings
Tuesdays: Public Health and Medical Access Issues and Resources
Wednesdays: Community and Provider Workshops, Events, Media Programs, Educational Resources
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Fridays: Maternal/Infant Health, Child/Adolescent Health, Women's Reproductive Health News and Events

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