Our MISSION is to provide culturally competent healthcare of the highest quality, regardless of the ability to pay. St. Thomas Community Health Center fosters relevant research and educational activities directed toward achieving health initiatives that reduce health disparities in our community. Central to our mission is acknowledging the role of institutional racism as causative of these disparities. As such, our work is directed toward becoming an antiracist institution.
Our VISION is to improve the health of the underserved of New Orleans. We will do this by:
St. Thomas Community Health Center (CHC) began operations in the St. Thomas Housing Development, in 1987. At the time, St. Thomas Housing Development was the largest public housing complex in the United States. The St. Andrew Street Clinic moved to its St. Andrew location in 1991, and subsequently has expanded to eight sites throughout the greater New Orleans area.
The St. Thomas Housing Development Resident Council was instrumental in opening the initial clinic in the housing development. From our inception, the community required the employees of St. Thomas to participate in anti-racist training called Undoing Racism. The training is provided by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, well known in New Orleans and nationally for community organizing and Undoing Racism training. Since our inception, St. Thomas has had in its bylaws that we will operate our business in an anti-racist fashion. All employees are required to take annual Undoing Racism training to be credentialed to work at St. Thomas CHC.
St. Thomas Community Health Center became designated by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in 2007.
Whether it be related to our initial inception, our rebirth after Katrina or the various stages of growth and development we have achieved, the generosity of benefactors, donors, supporters, and our community, has been truly amazing and is crucial to our success.
St. Thomas Community Health Center is proud to be recognized by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). NCQA is the gold-standard for measuring quality care.
A Patient-Centered Medical Home provides coordinated care by a team of providers who work together to provide you with quality, comprehensive care.