About

 

About AHCH

 

Mission & Vision

Mission

Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Vision

To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

History

Fighting Homelessness for Over 30 Years

Founded in 1985 as one of nineteen original projects, AHCH was part of a national demonstration initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Memorial Trusts to develop innovative approaches for providing healthcare to people experiencing homelessness. Recognizing that primary care provided in isolation is neither effective nor sufficient to address the underlying health problems or barriers to care faced by homeless people, the model that has developed over the past thirty years focuses on providing a full range of health and social programs.

AHCH continues to be the only healthcare organization in central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. Our goal is not just to help homeless people to become healthier. Rather, it is to help them to overcome all of the health-related barriers to moving out of homelessness and into lives as participating members of the community.

Throughout our history and development, AHCH has used a set of values and principles to inform every action and every decision. Among our principles, we believe that homelessness is unacceptable; that every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and health care; that all people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.

Whom We Serve

Over 7,000 people received services from AHCH in 2014. Encounters, contacts and visits exceeded 20,000. 63% of the clients served were male, 37% were female, and children/youth made up nearly 5% of those served.

Disclaimer: This health center is a Health Center Program grantee 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).