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Fair Haven will be closed, Tuesday March 14th

March 13, 2017

It's the Week of the Young Child in New Haven.  Enjoy these wonderful events around town with your wee ones!


Fair Haven will be closed, Tuesday March 14th

March 13, 2017

For the safety of our patients and our staff, all Fair Haven locations will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/14. If your appointment has not already been rescheduled, please call our main number, 203-777-7411, during normal business hours. Stay warm and safe!

Para la seguridad de nuestros pacientes y de nuestro personal, todos las oficinas médicas de Fair Haven estarán cerradas manana, Martes, 3/14. Si su cita no ha sido reprogramada, llame al 203-777-7411, durante la hora regular de oficina.




Dr. Lagarde joins New Haven Voices to protect Healthcare's Future

March 13, 2017

Dr. Suzanne Lagarde  was part of the distinguished panel of health professionals who gathered today at Planned Parenthood ofJudy Tabar speaks as panel members look on. Southern New England in New Haven to educate the public on the potential  impact of the proposed new healthcare plan. 

Dr. Lagarde lauded the partnership between Fair Haven and Planned Parenthood adding, "An attack to Planned Parenthood is an attack to our patients.  A threat to them is a threat to all of us; it is a threat to community health centers.”

She was joined by (from L-R) Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristen Zarfos, New Haven Legal Assistance attorney Sheldon Toubman, U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England President and CEO Judy Tabar.   Dr. Lagarde is pictured far right.

If the current replacement plan succeeds, it is projected by the Congressional Budget Office that anywhere from 14-24 million Americans could be without healthcare coverage in the coming years.  A key provision of the plan under discussion impacts women particularly hard, eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood and making significant cuts to Medicaid funding.


New Haven Rally for Healthcare a Success

February 26, 2017

A sizeable crowd turned out under gray skies on Saturday, to raise their voices in support of accessible healthcare for all.  Enjoy the scene from the Green.

Dr on microphone at rallyFour FHCHC staff together at rally

3 doctors together at RallyTwo FHCHC female staff at Rally

Senator Blumenthal addressing Rally crowd

Fair Haven joins the New Haven Rally for Healthcare

February 25, 2017

Fair Haven physicians Dr. Doug Olsen and Dr. Laurel Shader will be among those speaking at a New  Haven Healthcare rally, on Saturday February 25. All are invited.  Details can be found here.   

Meet at the flagpole on the New Haven Green at 12:15pm to rally in support of healthcare as a right for all .




Fair Haven adds a Voice to Legislative Testimony

February 16, 2017

Our CEO, Dr. Suzanne Lagarde, testified in front of the CT Legislative Appropriations Committee about the impact of cuts to #HUSKY income limits on CT residents relying on this vital insurance program.

All Fair Haven locations closed February 9, 2017 due to winter storm 

February 9, 2017

For the safety of our patients and our staff, all Fair Haven locations will be closed today, Thursday, 2/9. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please call our main number, 203-777-7411, on Friday 2/10/17.

Stay warm and stay safe!



Redefining "Meal Culture" to Tackle Childhood Obesity  

January 27, 2017

The contributing factors to childhood obesity are many: access to healthy choices, cost, lack of exercise, parents' work schedules, to name a few.  FHCHC's  Elizabeth Magenheimer discusses the challenges her patients face, including a lack of "meal culture," with the New Haven Register.


COLD WEATHER IS UPON US: Please check out the 2016-17 Homeless Resource Guide

December 14, 2016

There are a host of resources for anyone who is without a warm shelter.  Please click here and help anyone in need get to the right place.  If you have any questions, please call us at 203-777-7411, x5011. 


It's NOT too late to get your Flu Shot!! 

December 2, 2016

Strong Arm demonstrating why flu shots are important


INVITATION TO BID:  Repair/Replacement of Roof- 374 Grand Avenue

November 2, 2016

Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc. (FHCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking proposals from qualified roofing firms to repair/replace the roof at Fair Haven Communicty Health Center, located at 374 Grand Avenue, Fair Haven, CT. The project is funded by CDBG monies and therefore, subject to predetermined disbursement criteria. The successful firm will be expected to provide all services as described within this document through to completion.

Bids from women and minority owned businesses are encouraged. 

Timeline:  11/10 and 11/11/2016 Onsite walkthrough by appointment.  

11/18/2016 Proposals due to FHCHC by 4:00PM.


Fair Haven Benefits from Blue State Coffee Fans' Generosity 

Novmber 1, 2016

Blue State Coffee and its loyal customers provided a wonderful treat to FHCHC today,in the form of a check for nearly $2,000.  As a staunch community partner and non-profit champion, Blue State Coffee donates 2% of sales to local non-profit organizations.

Recipients are chosen based on customer suggestions.  With every purchase made a Blue State store, customers are offered to vote for a cause that appeals to them.  

We are humbled by this recognition and grateful to Blue State and its customers for their support!



EXTENDED INVITATION TO BID:  Portable Dental Equipment 

October 10, 2016

Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc. (FHCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to provide portable dental equipment for its oral health program. The project is funded by State monies and therefore, subject to predetermined disbursement criteria. The successful vendor will be expected to provide all equipment as described within this document.

Bids from women and minority owned businesses are encouraged. 

Timeline:  10/11/2016 Proposals due to FHCHC by12:00PM. Please submit all responses to Janine Davey at


INVITATION TO BID:  Portable Dental Equipment 

October 4, 2016

Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc. (FHCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to provide portable dental equipment for its oral health program. The project is funded by State monies and therefore, subject to predetermined disbursement criteria. The successful vendor will be expected to provide all equipment as described within this document.

Bids from women and minority owned businesses are encouraged.

Timeline: 10/6/2016 Proposals due to FHCHC by12:00PM. 


Fair Haven Honors Diabetes Patients Participating in National GRADE Study 

September 16, 2016

GRADE patients and FHCHC staff under the tent at New Haven Farms

Fair Haven Community Health Center is honoring their diabetes patients enrolled in the national GRADE Study with celebratory dinners held at local community partner New Haven Farms. The farm-to-table dinner, prepared from the farm’s fresh, organic vegetables, not only recognizes the patient volunteers for their participation, but reinforces the healthy eating and lifestyle guidelines that all FHCHC GRADE participants are encouraged to embrace. Fair Haven Community Health Center (“FHCHC”) and Yale School of Medicine have partnered in the GRADE (Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness) Study, sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Under the GRADE Study, FHCHC was awarded $2 million to study Type 2 Diabetes patients while providing expert diabetes care, and explore which diabetes treatment is best for the population as a whole, as well as determining which one drug or combination of drugs may be best for specific individuals. 

“This major long –term study allows us to play a key role in how Type 2 diabetes will be treated in the future,” says Dr. Suzanne Lagarde, CEO at FHCHC.  “It is important that studies of this scope include an accurate representation of ethnic diversity, so our patients can benefit today and the results serve patients from all cultures, all over the country, in the future.”

More than 1,600 patients receiving medical care at Fair Haven Community Health Center live with Type 2 diabetes, representing a community that is at higher risk than both the nation and the state.  The health center has championed many innovative ways to address this epidemic within our community, including the creation of a comprehensive diabetes prevention program, a farm-based wellness program, pediatric obesity program, and promotion of research on effective diabetes treatments in underserved groups.  

FHCHC is particularly grateful to their 60 patients who have enrolled in the GRADE Study in New Haven.“What makes this study special for us,” explains Dr. Anne Camp, FHCHC Endocrinologist and GRADE co-investigator, “is the dedication and trust our patients show, to the program and to their doctors and nurses.  Five years is a long commitment, but diabetes is a lifetime disease with its share of challenges. We are proud of the close relationships forged between our patients and our staff, and credit the high level of participation and retention to this factor.”

The dinners took place at New Haven Farms’ Phoenix Press Farm, located at the water’s edge on James Street in a beautiful, farm setting. The menu for these farm-to-table dinners showcased the farm’s seasonal, organic produce.  The dinners were held on September 9th and September 16th.  Anyone interested in enrolling or learning more about GRADE should call Magalys Perez at 203-752-5268 or visit



INVITATION TO BID:  Development of Logo, Work Mark, and Symbols 

 September 2, 2016

Fair Haven Community Heath Clinic (FHCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking proposals from qualified graphic design firms to provide professional services relating ot the design, development and implementation of identity design including a logo, word mark and signage standards for Fair haven Community health Center at 50 Grand Avenude, a new satellite medical clinic within the fair Haven Community Health Center clinic system.  The project is funded by State nonies and therefore, subject to predetermined disbursement criteria.  The successful firm will be expected to provide all services as described this document through to project completion.  

Bids rom women and minority-owned businesses are encouraged.  

Timeline:  9/23/16 Proposals due at FHCHC by 12:00PM.


Fair Haven Earns Prestigious National Recognition 

August 18, 2016

Fair Haven Community Health Center received broad recognition today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).  These prestigious awards are given to health centers based on their performance as reported in the Uniform Data System (which compares apples to apples across systems). In August, HRSA awarded more than $100 million to 1,304 health centers across the United States, based on their performance.

Fair Haven Community Health Center was awarded $180,458 and was as a national leader with these awards:

  • Clinical Quality Improver
  • Health Center Quality Leader*
  • National Quality Leader**
  • Access Enhancer
  • High Value Health Center
  • PCMH Recognition

In fact, FHCHC received awards in 6 out of 8 categories – the highest number of awards received by any of the 15 federally qualified health centers in CT!

* Most notably, FHCHC was the only health center in Connecticut that received an award as a High Value Health Center – this award indicates that FHCHC delivers “better, smarter and healthier care by improving cost efficient care delivery compared to the national average, while also increasing the quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services.”

**FHCHC’s National Quality Leader award means that the health center “exceeded national clinical quality benchmarks, including Healthy People 2020 goals, for chronic disease management, preventative care and perinatal/prenatal care.” Fewer than 5% of the country’s 1,400 health centers received this award.

More information about the awards can be found here.



Fair Haven Walks Across America with Great Success! 

July 28, 2016

Melissa Montosa, RN had a vision: get moving and support the health center's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) nutrition/exercise program at John Martinez. On April 18th, Fair Haven Walks participants took the first of a whopping 121,265,292 steps over a 12 week period.  About 95 FHCHC staff members participated, inspring 80 non-staff walkers to join the challenge.  "Fair Haven Walks Across America," got upwards of 200 people moving and together they raised $3,500 for the program.

The winning team, the "Holy Walk-A-Molies,"  included Stephanie Aybar (leader), Vivan Acevedo-Rivas, Carmen Camacho, Edna Cruz-Cedeno (and Dagoberto Gutierrez Diaz and Ruby Morales, our custodial team), and was joined by four family members.  Together, the "Walk-A-Molies" clocked an impresseive 15, 877,187 steps!

With the money raised by the program, plans are underway to start an incentive program for the adults and children enrolled in our DPP.  "We had a great time and I'm so happy we're now able to help others get moving and have fun, all thanks to everyone's generosity and commitment to Fair Haven Walks," said Melissa.  The next walk, scheduled to start early September, is dubbed "West Coast to Mexico."  

FHCHC Wallks participants showing off awards.



Fair Haven Expands to East Haven with New Site 

June 29, 2016

Surrounded by dignitaries, staff, FHCHC Board members and East Haven neighbors, Dr. Lagarde officially opened the newest FHCHC location in East Haven.  Joined by East Haven Mayor Maturo, State Senator James Albis and New Haven Alder José Crespo.  Dr. Lagarde emphazied FHCHC's delight in becoming an East Haven community partner for long term good health. Read our New Haven Register coverage here.

  FHCHC staff, Board, dignitaries and EH Chamber members 



Fair Haven Partners with MAAS to Combat Heroin Addiction 

June 25, 2016

We are pleased to have our partnership with Multicultural Amblulatory Addiction Services (MAAS) profiled in the New Haven Register.  We are particularly proud of patients like Humberto who are dedicated to take the steps necessary to break the addiction cycle.  Read more about this great program here.



Fair Haven Recieves Competitive Oral Health Expansion Grant

June 16, 2016

Congratulations to our dental team!

FHCHC has been selected as a recipient of a competitive grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand our oral health services. This will allow us to expand services greatly to our community and increase the integrated, high-quality, timely services already provided by our dental team, with a special focus on schools in Fair Haven! Read the press release here:



An Evening to Remember at Long Wharf Theatre: A reading of July 7, 1994

June 16, 2016

Pulitzer Prize winning Donald Marguiles' one-hour play July 7, 1994 was inspired by the experiences of men and women who provide care at Fair Haven Community Health Center. The pwork tells the story of a day in the life of a physician at a community health center. The stories of the physician and her four patients are windows into the challenges of providing and receiving healthcare while facing poverty, language barriers, domestic abuse and one’s own mortality. The play was read on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven in an evening that brought together actors, community partners, supporters and health center staff to showcase the work done at FHCHC.

Read the story in the New Haven Register here.



FHCHC Celebrates Week of the Young Child

 April 18, 2016

In celebration of the 2016 Week of the Young Child (April 11-15),  Fair Haven Community Health Center in partnership with the New Haven Early Childhood Council (NHECC) offered storytelling to children in the pediatric and WIC waiting rooms, and distributed over of 130 new picture books for home libraries. 

Each family received a literacy tool kit through our REACH OUT AND READ program containing information for parents and caregivers about the importance of early reading, tips to support reading, and other early childhood resources.  Nurturing Families staff incorporated storytelling into their home visits, and provided a new book to 80 additional families.

Thank you to AmeriCorps members Rebecca and Liz for helping to organize our 2016 Week of the Young Child and to Gerry Woods with the Pajama Program, Connecticut Chapter, for her great support and participation in this year’s event.  We are grateful that Euncie Kaymen joined us again and appreciate her continued enthusiasm for Week of the Young Child. 

A huge THANK YOU to all the readers who made our literacy event especially fun for the children and families!!

FHCHC Participates in 2016 New Haven AIDS Walk

April 16, 2016

Several staff members including HIV Program Director Dr. Krystn Wagner, HIV Program Manager Natalie Gaudette and HIV Case Manager Vivian Acevedo-Rivas again participated in New Haven's annual AIDS walk. The event was a success and included information on HIV treatment, diagnosis and prevention, with a special focus on Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP). Read more in coverage by the Yale Daily News.


National Attention Given to Fair Haven's Diabetes Prevention Program

April 7, 2016

The ongoing, successful work of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) team, led by Dr. Anne Camp and Elizabeth Magenheimer, APRN has been recently published in Diabetes Care (the flagship journal of diabetic care in the country)! Entitled Effective Translation of an Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for Hispanic Women With Prediabetes in a Community Health Center Setting it showed that a 14-week intensive lifestyle intervention program based on the DPP can effectively be translated into a predominantly Hispanic community health center setting, resulting in decreased weight, improved fasting insulin, and smaller glucose excursions 1 year after enrolling in the program.


Fair Haven Advocates for Health Center Funding

March 27, 2016

In the lead op-ed of the New Haven Register on Sunday, March 27, 2016, Fair Haven's Dr. Suzanne Lagarde and Dr. Doug Olson explained why proposed state funding cuts to community health centers would have negative impacts on patients and the medical, mental and financial health of our communities. Entitled Cutting reimbursements from health centers is an unhealthy choice they conclude "a funding cut in single year reimbursements to the most needy, vulnerable and voiceless members of our society will not benefit patients or the state of Connecticut."


Fair Haven CHC Serving the Homeless on the New Haven Green

March 25, 2016

In an event designed to deliver spiritual outreach to the homeless, Fair Haven Community Health Center was there to meet their medical needs. Both Carmen Camacho and Stephanie Aybar were there letting participants know about FHCHC and focusing conversations on health and healthcare services. The story was covered by  The New Haven Independent.


New Haven's Fair Haven Community Health Center Center Opens New Satellite Facility at 50 Grand Avenue


October 16, 2015

FHCHC is pleased to announce that we are expanding to better serve new and existing patients at 50 Grand Avenue! Prenatal & birthing, dental, counseling, and family care will be available at 50 Grand Avenue in Fair Haven.

Almost a half-century ago, Maria Melendez was among a small group of people who came together to start the Fair Haven Community Health Center. With a $50,000 grant in 1971 from the then-New Haven Foundation through the Alliance for Latin American Program ...Read more... 


Farm Program in New Haven Aims to Reduce Diabetes with Diet, Education

New Haven Register, August, 15. 2015

NEW HAVEN>> Abigail Martinez just wanted to break the cycle. Martinez and her two songs, Julian 14, and Lorenzo, 9, are all enrolled in a lifestyle program through the Fair Haven Community ...Read More...


Diabetes Patients Sought by Yale for Medication Study

New Haven Register, January 29, 2015

NEW HAVEN >> Yale School of Medicine, along with the Fair Haven Community Health

Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, is recruiting people with type 2 diabetes for a clinical study. Read more..


Letter to the Editor: Diabetes Prevention Efforts Making Headway

New Haven Register, January 23, 2015

NEW HAVEN>>We were delighted to see the article “Diabetes takes disproportionate toll on Hispanics and Blacks in Connecticut” which appeared in the Monday edition of the Register. At Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, we provide primary care for a population of over 15,000 patients... Read more..



Minding the Baby® home visiting intervention receives federal designation

Yale News, Decemeber 10, 2014

Minding the Baby® (MTB), a community-based home visiting intervention developed at Yale for young families in New Haven, recently received a federal designation by Home Visiting Evidence Effectiveness (HomVEE) review as an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.” Read more...





What the Doctor Ordered: Urban Farming

The New York Times, November 6, 2014

NEW HAVEN — At a dead-end street in a blighted section of this city, crumbling roofs of old factories, smokestacks and the Interstate 95 overpass loom overhead, casting long shadows on an October afternoon. Along one end of a field, children play soccer; on the other, men stand around motorcycles, sipping from beer cans. Read more...




Request for Proposal

New Haven, October 31, 2014

Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc. (FHCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is seeking proposals from qualified architectural/engineering firms to provide professional services relating to the  planning,  development,  design  and  construction  of  a  new  medical  clinic  within  an  existing  structure.  Read more...

Officials: Connecticut ready for Ebola, but prevention, funding are key

New Haven Register, October 9 , 2014

NEW HAVEN >> With the number of Ebola deaths continuing to climb in Africa and fears rising about a potential outbreak in the United States, Connecticut officials said Thursday the state is prepared to deal with possible cases and preparedness is key to curbing its spread. Read more..

Healthy Habits Start With Farm-Based Program

WTNH, October 2, 2014

 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Planting the seed for healthy habits. All kinds of green produce flourishing, to grow awareness of the benefits of healthy living.  It’s all part of an urban farm-based program. Read more...


Fair Haven Targets Colon Cancer

New Haven Independent, September 29 , 2014

New Haven is one of just three cities in the nation to receive a grant to expand colorectal (aka colon) cancer screenings and treatment, provided to underserved communities at low or no cost. Read more..


Fair Haven Community Health Center Gets Grant

New Haven Register, September 25 , 2014

NEW HAVEN >> Fair Haven Community Health Center has been selected as one of three sites in the country to receive a Walgreens Links to Care grant, Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Lagarde and Mayor Toni Harp announced Thursday. Read More...



Press Release: American Cancer Society Grant Will Promote Health Equity in New Haven County

Rocky Hill, CT (August 27, 2014) – The American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has announced that a $100,000 grant has been awarded to Fair Haven Community Health Center to promote health equity and improve access to colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care among community health center patients throughout New Haven County.



New Haven agencies get $97 M to coordinate medical needs   

New Haven Register, June 18, 2014

NEW HAVEN >> New Haven’s social service agencies and health care deliverers, led by the Clifford Beers Clinic, will create a new model of care with $9.7 million of federal money over three years. Read more..


It's all smiles at this New Haven dental clinic on wheels   

New Haven Register, May 15, 2014

NEW HAVEN >> This vehicle stops for gingivitis. With a full tank of gas and a full drawer of floss, the Fair Haven Community Health Center’s new mobile dental clinic hit the road Thursday.  Read more..



Wisdom Modeled 

New Haven Independent, May 13, 2014

Community leaders hit the runaway—and raised $30,000 for the homeless in the process. The models, leaders from New Haven government, business and charitable circles, donned clothes from “local up-and-coming designers”  Read more.. 



NIH Diabetes Study Targets New Haven Clinic 

WNPRNEWS, January 15, 2014

A new nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health is examining treatment options for Type 2 diabetes and a New Haven clinic serving low-income patients has been named a "co-investigator."  Read more.. 




Community Health Centers: On the Frontlines of Diabetes Care

National Association of Community Health Centers, posted November 12, 2013

One of the most important things to know about diabetes is that there are many people who have the disease and don’t know it.  If you don’t have the disease, chances are you know someone who does. Read more..



Community Health Efforts Yield Positive Results

IMWaage Blog, posted October 10, 2013

One certainty in life is the feeling that comes from well-being. The Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) provides medical services including outreach and educational programming in diabetes prevention to its patients through Diabetes Prevention Program.  Read more..



New Haven health clinic leader retiring after 40 years in position

New Haven Register, June 15, 2013

NEW HAVEN >> When Katrina Clark, executive director of the Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, first applied for the position, she did not get hired. But after the person the board hired did not work out, Clark was contacted and offered the full-time director position.  Read more.. 



A new director at Fair Haven Community Health Center

Yale Medicine, Spring 2013 Issue

When Katrina Clark, M.P.H. ’71, took the helm of Fair Haven Community Health Center 40 years ago, it was a walk-in clinic open two evenings a week in a local elementary school that provided 500 visits during its first year. Read more..