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About the Henry J. Austin Health Center

Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc. (HJAHC) is located in Trenton, New Jersey. Established in 1969 as Trenton's Neighborhood Health Center, HJAHC was incorporated in 1986 as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) entity. The mission of Henry J. Austin Health Center is to provide quality, community-based, affordable, accessible primary health care services in a culturally sensitive manner with respect and dignity. Increasing access and decreasing barriers to quality care are the mainstays of HJAHC.

Henry J. Austin, MDHJAHC is named after Dr. Henry J. Austin, an African-American, Princeton resident, who came to Trenton to practice medicine since Jim Crow laws prohibited this in his own home town. Austin was born on February 23, 1888 in Tallahassee, Florida and was brought to Princeton as a young boy. He attended Howard University Medical School and graduated in 1918 and completed his internship at Freeman’s Hospital (now Howard University Hospital) in Washington, D.C. Some historians credit Dr. Austin with helping to integrate Trenton schools..

Henry J. Austin Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHC is a federal designation from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that is assigned to private non-profit or public health care organizations that serve predominantly uninsured or medically underserved populations. FQHCs are located in or serving a federally designated Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA or MUP). All FQHCs must operate under a consumer Board of Directors governance structure, and provide comprehensive primary health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to persons in all stages of the life cycle. FQHCs provide their services to all persons regardless of ability to pay, and charge for services on a Board approved sliding-fee scale that is based on patients’ family income and size. FQHCs must comply with Section 330 program expectations/requirements and all applicable federal and state regulations. See section on “What is a Community Health Center”..

The United States Department of Health and Human Services selected HJAHC to be one of the first Federally-Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey to be reviewed by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) in 1999. This organization has changed its name and is now called simply- The Joint Commission.

Led by Henry Austin’s experienced administrative team, board of directors and dedicated staff, HJAHC has achieved accreditation with each onsite survey which occurs on a three year cycle. HJA last survey was in 2008.

Joint Commission Accredited means that the health care organization works by rules that make sure patient safety and quality standards are followed.

We would like to address any concerns that you may have with your care, treatment or service. Please speak to any staff member for assistance and if they can not address your issue, they will find a manager who can.

Joint Commision LogoHJAHC is the largest non-hospital based ambulatory care provider in the city. Primary health care services include: adult medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, HIV treatment, dental care, podiatry, and ophthalmology. Additional services are nutrition, social service, substance abuse assessment and intervention, behavioral health, translation services, transportation, and an onsite pharmacy. Most forms of health insurance including Medicare and Medicaid are accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. Henry J. Austin Health Center provides care to around 17,000 individuals annually generating over 61,000 visits from 3 City of Trenton locations.

Specialty programs include:

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has helped people without prescription coverage for more than 20 years via its Share the Care Program... Pfizer has partnered with FQHC qualified community health centers such as Henry J. Austin for the past twelve (12) years. HJAHC is the first and only New Jersey community health center to participate. Eligible patients receive Pfizer medications to treat common chronic medical conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Pfizer has filled an important gap in healthcare.

The County of Mercer, Office on Aging funds Senior Outreach and Education program. The program provides health promotion and education workshops, mobile health screening, exercises classes, (using a certified curriculum), flu shot clinic, advocacy, referral and follow-up. The newest addition is access to legal advice. The program is staff by a nurse educator.

Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation has provided its fourth year of funding ($40,000) for those dental patients who are in need of services and are ineligible for any other assistance.

HJAHC maintains three medical facilities in Trenton Hamilton Township for easy access:

Henry J. Austin Health Center
321 North Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 278-5900

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Chambers Manor
317 Chambers Street
Trenton, NJ 08609
(609) 392-2635

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ewing Street Health Center
112 Ewing Street
Trenton, NJ 08609
(609) 396-9600

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


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