Einstein Community Health Outreach


In 1999, a handful of students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine concerned about the health care crisis for uninsured Americans decided to launch a free clinic to provide care to uninsured residents of the Bronx. The Institute for Family Health operating a network of federally-qualified community health centers throughout New York State, collaborated with them to launch the Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Free Clinic, the first clinic of its kind in New York City. Staffed by physician and medical student volunteers, the ECHO Free Clinic nowadays provides high quality primary health services to uninsured adults. Each year, more than 300 Einstein students volunteer alongside licensed physicians to receive more than 800 medical care, health education, and social service visits from uninsured New Yorkers. We have also helped students at other medical schools launch free clinics of their own.


Key ECHO Milestones 

  • September 25, 1999 - First day of care at Walton Family Health Center
  • Fall 1999 – ECHO clinic sees over 100 patients in its first few months
  • Spring 2001 – ECHO clinic passes 1,000 patient visits
  • June 28, 2003 - Department of Family and Social Medicine develops formal 3rd year rotation
  • Fall 2003 - New interpreter position improves care for Spanish speaking patients
  • Summer 2004 – Change over to electronic medical records
  • Summer 2004 - Health Careers summer undergraduate volunteer program initiated
  • Fall 2004 - Fast-Track model of urgent care streamlines walk-in patients (currently triage ~450 walk-in patients/year)
  • 2005 - ECHO clinic opens an exclusive administrative office on the Einstein campus to improve coordination of care
  • Fall 2005 – ECHO clinic begins relationship with Doshi Diagnostic for radiology services
  • Winter 2005 – Expansion of specialty care provided by Lincoln Hospital
  • Spring 2007 – ECHO clinic surpasses 5,000 total patient-visits
  • April 14, 2008 - First ECHO 5K charity run features nearly 100 participants and raises money for the clinic
  • November 22, 2008 - First Women’s Health Day at ECHO clinic
  • March 6, 2014 - First "Evening with ECHO" gala celebrates 15 years of service and raises over $14,000 for patient referral

ECHO Clinic

1894 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

Telephone: 718.583.3060

Schedule an appointment, call 1.800.836.1316

For general questions, email our project director.




Support the ECHO Center 

To make a non-monetary donation of goods or services to further the mission of ECHO, please contact us at echofundraising@gmail.com.

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