First Choice Health Centers (FCHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in East Hartford,
Manchester and Vernon, Connecticut.
First Choice Health Centers’ mission as a community health center
providing integrated care is to break down the social and economic barriers to wellness and healthy living
while extending the viable and productive lives of those we serve.
FCHC provides primary medical, dental
and behavioral health services to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay in one of the
poorest areas in Connecticut.
Since its inception in 1996, our patient population has grown from under
3,000 to more than 22,000 and our service locations grew from 1 to a total of 14, including a mobile health
services van that provides dental services at 73 schools in the area, and podiatry services to 4 low-income
senior centers in Glastonbury.
First Choice is the largest principal safety net provider on the east side of the
Connecticut River centered in East Hartford, and its services are critical to improving health outcomes and
overall community health status.
First Choice has also become a “one-stop” center for all its patients’ needs
and provides Care Coordination services for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood
The Center is accredited by NCQA for PCMH and TJC ambulatory Care and PCMH.
Services FCHC provides:
- Family Practice and Internal Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Behavioral Health
- Substance Use Disorder
- Family Dental Health Services
- Infectious Disease
- Chiropractic Care
- LGBTQ+ Health Services
- Elder Care/Geriatric
- Laboratory Services
- Pharmacy/340B Program
- Patient Navigation
- SNAP Enrollment
- Medicaid Enrollment
- Parent’s as Teachers Program
- School Based Health Centers
- Mobile Health Services