Actually, TFH sold its ship in 2004 and has been land-based at 41-40 27th Street since 2006, but many people who qualify for the clinic’s inexpensive, quality healthcare services still don’t know what they’re missing out on.
That’s where TFH Outreach Manager Cynthia Davis comes in. It’s her job to maintain a positive relationship with the community by attending local meetings, coordinating health fairs, scheduling presentations with residents and small businesses and trying to learn about the healthcare needs in the neighborhood.
“As outreach manager at The Floating Hospital, my mission is to introduce TFH’s new community health center and health services throughout the Long Island City community,” she said. “I also see myself as an ambassador, making people feel welcome in the clinic and developing ‘health partnerships’ with many of the excellent community resources that already exist in LIC.”
TFH offers a variety of services, including basic medical exams and immunizations, gynecological exams, substance abuse counseling/referral programs and dental services, to name just a few.
“I am personally gratified when I know that after all my hard work people are using and benefitting from TFH’s services,” said Davis.
She hopes to expand on the small business base TFH is currently serving and help more business owners offer affordable healthcare to employees. She also wants to extend TFH’s services to public and private schools and religious institutions.
According to Davis, the federal government designated the area of LIC that TFH serves and Northwest Queens as a ‘medically underserved area.’
“Establishing our LIC Community Health Center just made sense to address the essential primary care, medical, dental and mental health needs of the neighborhood,” said Davis. “We are in an ideal location in LIC so hopefully many people will be able to access our services and, as a result stay healthy and immune!“