The ECHO Free Clinic is for adults 18 years and older who lack health insurance. The clinic is open Saturday mornings from 9am-12pm . We offer adult routine medical exams, physicals, vaccinations, prescriptions, women's health visits (including gynecology exams and Pap smears), social services and counseling by appointment. Limited walk-in services are available. If you are a new patient, please call ahead! ECHO does not see children because ALL children 18 and under are eligible to be covered by CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program) in the state of New York. To learn more please visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hia/html/public_insurance/children.shtml.
For most uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers, these services should be free.
At ECHO, we are committed to getting you the health care that you need. If we can't give you the health care you need, we'll send you to the place that can. Health care that cannot be provided by the clinic is provided mainly by referral to a nearby hospital. We refer patients to many specialties, including Mental Health services. In addition, Nutrition Counseling is available by referral to the Institute for Family Health’s Walton Family Health Center, Mount Hope Family Practice, Parkchester Family Practice, and Urban Horizons Family Health Center during the week. Most referrals do require that people pay according to their income – that means that if you earn more, you pay more. If you earn less, you pay less.
Our staff will also help qualified people apply for Medicaid, Child Health Insurance Program (ALL children in NY are eligible), and Family Health Plus. Services are provided by social workers, nurses, and physicians from the Institute for Family Health, and by medical students from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, under the supervision of the licensed physicians. In addition, student health educators will present important health issues in the waiting room. To serve our multilingual community, each week two or three students serve as Spanish-speaking interpreters at the clinic. Some of our student physicians are also able to communicate using basic medical Spanish.
Albert Einstein students are also involved in community outreach programs outside of the clinic setting. Through workshops, health fairs and presentations, we hope to raise the awareness of healthy lifestyles and improve overall health. We have presented workshops (such as nutrition, diabetes, asthma, AIDS/HIV and heart disease) for adults and parents at various centers in the community.
All in all, ECHO offers very comprehensive health services, making sure that you get the best and most complete care.
Social Workers at ECHO can provide the following services for patients:
- We can't help if you don't know what we can do.
- These services are available on an ongoing basis.
- All patients may also make appointments to see the social worker at the regular Walton clinic.
Eligibility screenings and facilitated enrollment for:
Assistance with Social Security and disability programs
- Child Health Plus
- Public Assistance
Transportation and communication assistance
- Medicaid transportation
- Medical transportation
- New York City half-fare forms
- Telephone lifeline forms
- Assistance with forms
- Case management
- HIV pre- and post-test counseling
Note: By law, all ECHO patients must receive pre- and post-test counseling from a certified counselor when receiving HIV tests.
Women's Reproductive Health
- Pregnancy termination counseling and abortion referrals
- Post partum teaching
- Nebulizers available free, on-site, for patients-please ask social work if wanted
- many more items
Domestic Violence Services
- Supportive counseling
- Crisis intervention
- Ongoing services
- Day programs
Substance Abuse Services
- Detox assistance
- Day programs
- Inpatient referrals
- Relapse prevention
- Shelter referrals
- Housing referrals
Food for Those in Need
- Respite care referrals
- Day programs
- Supportive services