His Branches Overview
His Branches was formed as a community service organization in 1978 when a group of Christians opened a prayer room, a small medical office, and a teen coffeehouse on Arnett Boulevard in the heart of Rochester’s 19th Ward. From this foundation, His Branches has grown into three branches: His Branches Health, His Branches Wellness, and His Branches Community.
is primary care for those most in need, with two community health centers: Grace Family Medicine in the 19th Ward, and Joy Family Medicine in Beechwood. Our patients range in age from zero to 100. We specialize in family medicine, pediatrics, OB care, women’s health, adult and geriatric care, diabetes education, acute and chronic disease management. In our scal year 2017, we served 1,889 patients in 6,912 patient visits. His Branches is proud of its standing as a New York State Article 28 Diagnostic & Treatment Center, a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home, and a Federally Qualified Health Center. Fundamental to our value system and approach to health care is conferring dignity in every patient encounter.
is made up of programs and services that enrich and facilitate the health and well-being of our communities and the people who live in them. Our first program was Embracing Options, whose core purpose is to reach the culture of today with positive life a affirming choices relating to pregnancy and sexual activity. Embracing Options now operates in multiple sites across Rochester. Many trained, volunteer, peer counselors deliver a wide range of education programs to both women and men in parenting and life skills, sexual risk avoidance, abortion recovery, and sexual healing; and services such as STD testing and material aid for new parents. In 2017, Embracing Options had 565 client visits. More recent wellness programs include Healthy Me!, an interactive group learning session in food literacy and chronic disease management facilitated by our own providers and Foodlink nutrition educators, and funded by the Farash Foundation. Three hundred of our patients with chronic diseases will be enrolled in this program, and an additional 900 will be impacted. Another program is a strong collaborative partnership between two of our providers who are passionate about teen mentoring, and the Hillside Work Scholars program. East High School students visit the clinic weekly, engaging in dynamic health related discussions on topics such as substance abuse, sexual health, depression, and suicide. The students have learned health skills like taking pulses and blood pressures, and were empowered to use these new skills in a health fair in their own neighborhood. Programs funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and Finger Lakes Performing Provider System create better access for our patients through transportation assistance and the ability to get lab work done right in our clinics prior to an appointment.
is active in several neighborhood initiatives that foster a greater sense of belonging, personal investment, and hope. In the 19th Ward neighborhood, we sponsor the Arnett Block Association whose activities help improve safety and sense of community through activities such as the annual block party, a neighborhood garden, and programs at the Arnett Branch library. In the Beechwood neighborhood, we are working together with organizations such as Connected Communities, 441 Ministries, and the Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center on neighborhood revitalization. On a broader community-wide basis, we are involved in a number of peacemaking activities with like-minded citizens by participating in the creation of an anti-gun violence video, The Front Row, and its sequel, Creating Hope. In partnership with the Rochester Police, we have been a site for a successful gun buyback program.