Dec 12, 2019

Dear Friends,

For as long as First Choice Community Healthcare has been providing primary care, our Health Centers have been passionate proponents of healthy communities. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, First Choice employs over 450 New Mexicans at our nine delivery sites that are strategically located throughout central New Mexico. Our Health Centers deliver high quality, cost effective, accessible care while serving as critical economic engines helping to power local economies. In the early 1970s, we started our first clinics in empty church buildings and storefronts. We got the word out through community outreach workers that we serve everyone, regardless of income or whether they had insurance. The word of mouth spread far and wide across Central New Mexico. In 2018, we provided a healthcare home to more than 53,000 individuals and their families.

Now, 47 years later...

Oct 20, 2016

Event to Be Held October 22 at First Choice Community Healthcare, South Broadway Medical Center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - First Choice Community Healthcare in coordination with Boy Scout Troop #003 and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will participate in the bi-annual take back and disposal of prescription drugs. The event with the support of Boy Scout Troop #003 will be held Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Choice Community Healthcare at the South Broadway Medical Center (1401William Street SE).

Boy Scout Troop #003 Eagle Scout nominee Daniel Schoellkopf will use this event as his Eagle Project to obtain the highest rank in scouting of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Project is designed to give each candidate the ability display leadership of others while giving back to the community. The Eagle Project is what highlights the full impact of the Scouting program to the community.

Oct 13, 2016

Fair Will Include Health Screenings, Information and Free Flu Shots for Youth


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - First Choice Community Healthcare will hold its Annual Health and Enrollment Fair on October 15 at the Alameda Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In a continued effort to the community, First Choice will also have free flu vaccinations available for youth (6 months to 18 years) when registering at the event while supplies last. Visitors to the event will able to take part in free healthcare screenings as well as, individuals will be able to speak with staff about personal health needs.


Visitors that have questions about the federal penalty can visit with enrollment counselor’s to answer questions and help with enrollment information. The community will be also be allowed to schedule appointments for people seeking to enroll in the Health Insurance Exchange or Medicare. Enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 through December 7, 2016. Enrollment for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, (NMHIX), begins November 1 through January 31, 2016. This event is also to schedule appointments for those seeking to enroll in Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Mar 7, 2016
First Choice Community Healthcare is proud to announce that it will be awarding scholarships to graduating seniors
Mar 7, 2016
The Kresge Foundation and the Build Healthy Places Network have awarded First Choice a $20,000 planning grant to help develop the financing plan for the $20 million South Valley Community Commons expansion project. The grant helps healthcare non-profits work with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to bring capital resources to low-income neighborhoods where capital investments can make a great difference in health outcomes.
Jan 29, 2016
First Choice Community Healthcare announced today that it received a $12,275 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. Because of our commitment to providing affordable access to healthy food and healthy cooking classes, we are now partnering with BCBSNM whose Healthy Kids, Healthy Families vision is to help improve the health of youth in local communities.
Dec 22, 2015
First Choice Community Healthcare announced a children’s book giveaway program at a press conference this afternoon at the South Valley Health Commons. The book giving is made possible by a generous grant from the Molina Foundation of 5,012 books to promote the link between literacy and health.
Oct 8, 2015

This article first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal by Winthrop Quigley:

First Choice Community Healthcare, founded 43 years ago in the rectory of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Broadway south of Coal Avenue, has concluded it has failed in its mission to improve the health and wellness of the communities it serves. First Choice provides excellent medical care in its nine clinics. More than 54,000 patients visited First Choice clinics 163,000 times last year for medical, dental and behavioral health care visits.

Sep 18, 2015

Children can eat free at South Valley Health Commons as part of a program to address hunger as a health issue.  The meals are provided to any child who comes to the South Valley Health Commons during serving hours each day, while supplies last. This program is the first of its kind at a primary care clinic anywhere in the nation, according to sponsor USDA under the Child and Adult Care  Food Program. All participants in attendance will be offered the same meals with no physical segregation, or other discriminatory action against any person.


Sep 2, 2015

Get ready for open enrollment for insurance with our kick-off event on September 23, 2015.  Our partners at Assured Imaging are offering mobile mammograms from 11-5 and the open enrollment health fair is being held from 1:00pm – 5:00pm; both at 1316 Broadway Blvd S.E., Albuquerque, 87102. We will have free food, health screenings, music, and door prizes! Bring insurance or self-pay for mammograms.

Jul 15, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare Outreach Team will be providing Medicaid application assistance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30- 7:30 pm as part of the Salud y Sabor event. Join the NHCC, Agri-Cultura Network, and the Street Food Institute for this FREE event, featuring Colombian food this month!

Jun 16, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare is holding a public presentation of a comprehensive Early Childood Plan for the South Valley on Monday, June 22 from 3-5 pm at the South Valley Health Commons.

Jun 1, 2015

Health Leadership High School students have organized a health fair on June 2 from 10-4 with Vision Service Providers, First Choice Community Healthcare primary medical and dental care, as well as numerous community programs.

Apr 9, 2015

The First Choice Belen Health Center is holding a health fair on April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm to promote its new community garden and other healthy activities and partners. Lunch will be provided.

Apr 6, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare leaders will present at a national conference in Albuquerque April 13-15 sponsored by the University of New Mexico. The conference, called Beyond Flexner,  focuses on medical education's social mission and the role of academic health centers and community health centers in addressing the social determinants of health.

Apr 6, 2015

President Obama issued a proclamation on April 6 to mark Public Health Week and honor all of us who care for patients and the health of our communities. "We are shifting the focus of our country's health care system from sickness and disease to wellness and prevention," President Obama said.

Apr 6, 2015

Please join us Saturday April 11th from 10am-1:30pm at the future site of the First Choice Community Farm! We'll be creating a Pop-up Community Garden as a sneak peek of what the 4 acre site near 1940 Citation Dr. SW will become. Pop up events transform a vacant space into a vibrant space for a few hours or a day, to help spark the imagination.


Jan 27, 2015

Back to Basics Exercise and Lifestyle Coaching sessions are starting March 4 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-5 pm at the South Valley Health Commons. These drop-in sessions continue through April 11 and successful completion qualifies participants to use the fitness room on their own afterward.

Jan 27, 2015

Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are offered to the general public at the South Valley Health Commons beginning March 6 from 2-5pm and continuing each Friday through May 1. Students are expected to attend all nine classes plus an optional all-day session on Saturday April 18.

Jan 27, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare is offering health insurance sign-up appointments on weekends and extended hours during the week until open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, 2015. Saturday hours are 8am-12 noon. Medicaid enrollment will continue after Feb. 15.  Call 505-452-4049 for an appointment or stop by 1316 Broadway SE.

Jan 6, 2015

First Choice Community Healthcare will receive $76,897 for two quality improvement awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


Dec 11, 2014

Target Corporation has awarded First Choice a grant of $10,000 to help pay for breast and cervical cancer screening in 2015.

Oct 21, 2014

First Choice Community Healthcare has a team of outreach workers who are trained and ready to assist patients and the public with their applications for Medicaid or for the NM Health Insurance Exchange. An Enrollment Party is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 1-5 pm at 1316 Broadway SE, Albuquerque.

Oct 7, 2014

16 awards in NM totaling $4M projected to support 52 new FTEs and 16,943 new patients. First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc. will expand access to high quality primary care in Central New Mexico through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Oct 7, 2014

First Choice Community Healthcare is one of multiple community-based organizations, in partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, to be funded through a CDC grant aimed at improving racial equity in health outcomes.

Oct 7, 2014

Laura Bush, FNP in Los Lunas First Choice Health Center, worked with a pharmaceutical company to provide a new Hepatitis C therapy for a patient who couldn’t afford it by himself.

Oct 1, 2014
October is Health Literacy Month
Aug 11, 2014
First Choice Community Healthcare is marking National Health Center Week 2014 with events to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of our health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.
Jul 25, 2014
First Choice Community Healthcare centers are making it easy to get kids vaccinated in time for back-to-school registration requirements.
Jun 25, 2014
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized First Choice Community Healthcare as a Patient Centered Medical Home
Jun 18, 2014
First Choice Community Healthcare has awarded seven scholarships to high school graduates and one employee from each of the communities where its health centers are located.
May 18, 2014
The Belen First Choice Health Center reopened with a beautiful new exterior renovation and interior remodel that nearly doubled the space for medical care for the community.
Oct 5, 2012
By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services One great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is to visit a community health center like First Choice Community Health Care in Albuquerque.
Sep 28, 2012

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced today that twelve Community Health Centers in NM will receive Affordable Care Grants to assist set up of patient centered medical homes and expand cervical cancer screening for women.

Sep 25, 2012

The Public Education Commission voted 9-0 at its meeting 9/19/12 to approve the charter school under the condition that it be located in the South Valley or on the Southwest Mesa.

Sep 20, 2012

From the Albuquerque Journal, Sept. 19, 2012

Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s secretary of health and human services, toured an Albuquerque medical clinic on Tuesday built with federal stimulus money and promoted the clinic as “the model of the future.”

Sep 19, 2012
US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a guest column in the Albuquerque Journal after her visit to First Choice Community Health Care.
Sep 18, 2012
US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius toured South Broadway Health Center on its 40th anniversary and touted our Health Commons model as an example for the nation.
Sep 12, 2012

To mark 40 years of service in the state and the opening of a new health care clinic in Valencia County, county commissioners unanimously passed a proclamation declaring Sept. 9 through 15 "First Choice Community Healthcare Week."

Aug 13, 2012
A proposed charter high school that would begin operation in the fall of 2013 looks to meet the demand in health-related fields by, in part, re-enrolling local students who have dropped out of school.
Aug 13, 2012
A crew of students and the original artist have restored the mural at Cesar Chavez and Broadway, titled "Healthcare Is A Right."  Watch the video here.
Jun 29, 2012
The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding nearly all of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare sets the stage for a potentially ugly state-level debate over Medicaid spending.
May 8, 2012
The Bernalillo County Commission honored First Choice Community Healthcare with a proclamation in May for its 40th anniversary.  The health system will celebrate with Open Houses on May 9 & 22.
May 4, 2012

First Choice received a grant for $500,000 to remodel the Belen Clini in 2012   The architectural drawing of the building can be seen on this link.


Apr 13, 2012
In honor of First Choice's 40th Anniversary, the Town of Edgewood proclaimed April as First Choice Month. A Community Fair is planned for April 21 to celebrate.
Mar 22, 2012
The Albuquerque City Council voted on March 21, 2012 to proclaim April as First Choice Community Healthcare Month and to congratulate First Choice on 40 years of community service. Read it here.
Mar 22, 2012
A front page story in the alibi written by Whitny Doyle, a family nurse practitioner, features First Choice past, present and future. Check it out here.
Mar 22, 2012
Founded in Albuquerque in 1972 as Albuquerque Family Health Center, First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc. (FCCH) has become one of the largest primary care provider systems in New Mexico.
Jan 4, 2012

First Choice  is pleased to share Medical Group Snapshot (click here), an online report on medical group performance from the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality.

[HEALTH PLAN/MEDICAL GROUP NAME] is pleased to share Medical Group Snapshot (http://www.abqhealthcarequality/reporting/medicalgroups), an online public report on medical group performance created by the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality. This resource shows how participating Albuquerque medical groups are performing in specific measures for diabetes care, cardiovascular care, asthma care and screening for breast and cervical cancers. This year’s report also includes information about how well blood sugar and cholesterol levels are controlled for patients with diabetes, how well high blood pressure is controlled with patients with high blood pressure and how well cholesterol is controlled for cardiovascular patients.
The Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality (, which includes local hospitals, health plans, health care providers, employers and consumers, is leading the local Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative ( to improve the quality of health and health care in our community. Participation in this effort and Medical Group Snapshot is voluntary. [HEALTH PLAN/MEDICAL GROUP NAME] is a proud participant in the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality’s AF4Q work and this report.
Visit the report at: http://www.abqhealthcarequality/reporting/medicalgroups.
Jan 4, 2012

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, the minimum co-pay for all self-pay patients is $30 for medical visits.  The co-pay is expected at time of check-in. Patients who don't pay will be rescheduled.

Jan 4, 2012

Dr. Santiago Macias Named Medical Director of First Choice Community Healthcare.

Dr. Saverio Sava taking on special projects, more patients at the Edgewood Regional Health Center.

Aug 16, 2011

Check out the news article in the Valencia County News Bulletin about the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Los Lunas Family and Community Health Center. Click here.

See the coverage on KLUZ

Aug 11, 2011

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Los Lunas Family and Community Health Center Brings Partners Together to Expand Service to the Community. New Center to more than double capacity. Photos.

Jul 5, 2011
First Choice  is updating its computer software, clinic by clinic, as a first step toward having Electronic Health Records. The switch to the new system will require us to re-register every patient as they arrive for appointments.
May 6, 2011
First Choice Community Healthcare representatives participated in the second Vision 2020 symposium on May 4 as a partner with UNM committed to make more progress in health and health equity than any other state by 2020.
Apr 18, 2011
The South Valley Health Commons received the new art piece for its collection in April, thanks to the Art in Public Places Program of Bernalillo County and New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico  Department of Cultural Affairs.
Apr 16, 2011
First Choice Community Healthcare teamed up with the New Mexico Department of Health to give kids vaccines at recent health fair in Albuquerque.
Mar 28, 2011
In response to the need to increase access to primary care services in the mid-Rio Grande Valley of Central New Mexico, First Choice has doubled its capacity to serve over the past five years.
Feb 1, 2011

The New Mexico State Senate recognized First Choice Community Healthcare for its nearly 40 years of service and its continued innovation and collaboration with a Senate Memorial on Jan. 31.

Jan 15, 2011
An Open Letter to Providers from Dr. Augustine Chavez, of First Choice South Valley Health Commons and Tammy Berry, third-year medical student at UNM.
Jan 14, 2011
First Choice Community Healthcare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety.
Jan 13, 2011

The South Broadway area has a new First Choice Health Center with more than twice the space as the old location. Bernalillo County and First Choice celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan 13.

Jan 13, 2011
Bernalillo County and state officials this week celebrated the opening of a new health clinic that will serve both the insured and uninsured in Barelas, South Broadway and the South Valley.
Nov 15, 2010

First Choice Community Healthcare hosted a forum sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and White House Office of Public Engagement to discuss two new consumer health care websites and provide an update on the Affordable Care Act.

The forum include a live demonstration of the consumer tools and information available on and, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help individuals, families, and small businesses access quality, affordable health care coverage.

Oct 31, 2010
Dr. Bill Burns says his South Valley clinic offers a glimpse of dental care in the future. 
The bustling 3-year-old First Choice Community Healthcare dental clinic serves about 1,500 patients a month, of whom only 15 percent have insurance. Most can't afford dental care at a private clinic. 
"We get people from all over," said Burns, who is one of four dentists at the South Valley Family Health Commons. Burns now sees more patients from Albuquerque's Northeast Heights since the economy soured. "As things get tight, we get people who are looking for a cheap way to do it."
The clinic's dentists and four hygienists perform a wide variety of basic services, ranging from exams and cleanings to root canals, extractions, crowns and dentures.
Oct 27, 2010

If all the hurdles are cleared, 18 months from now residents across the county could have access to more health care services than they have in a long time.

Last Friday, officials from First Choice Community Health Care, the village of Los Lunas, the county and U.S. Rep. Harry Teague (D) gathered to announce and celebrate the funding for a brand new, state-of-the-art, 21,582 square feet health care center in Los Lunas.

The new facility will be built on state land between the village administration building and the Fred Luna Senior Center.

Oct 15, 2010

An $8M grant is awarded to First Choice Community Health Center for construction of a new primary care facility.  

Oct 14, 2010

First Choice Community Healthcare in Los Lunas was awarded an $8.1 million grant to replace its aging health center with a new facility that will provide medical, dental and behavioral health care service to the community.

 First Choice was chosen by the US Health and Human Services Department to receive one of 143 grants for health centers across the country as part of health care reform.

Los Lunas will get a new 22,000 square-foot health and regional dental center, modeled after the South Valley Health Commons in Albuquerque. The Center will be constructed in about 15 months, in Jan. 2012.

Oct 2, 2010

First Choice Community Healthcare representatives attended the third annual Feria de Salud event at the Mexican Consulate office in Albuquerque to increase awareness of our services and programs.  First Choice offered free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as information about our nine locations for medical care and three locations for dental care.

The event was part of the Semana Binacional de Salud, whose theme os Salud Sin Fronteras aims to provide health care and health promotion to all individuals, regardless of their immigration or economic status.

Aug 26, 2010
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish visited the South Valley Health Commons and urged First Choice Community Healthcare, UNM Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing to continue partnering for healthcare jobs.
Jun 18, 2010

"In recognition of their innovation, creativity, and community impact, First Choice Community Health Care was selected by the New Mexico Primary Care Association’s membership of 20 primary health care organizations as the 2010 Health Care Center of the Year," announced Suzan Martinez de Gonzales, NMPCA Deputy Director.

May 10, 2010
        The South Valley Family Health Commons, which opened two years ago, brings medical, behavioral, dental, public health and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children under one roof. It is one of eight community health centers and one school-based center run by First Choice Community Healthcare in New Mexico.
        Kaufman says the health commons looks at health priorities in and outside the clinic. Social factors, such as a lack of education or access to healthy food, should also be addressed in the medical home, he says.

Oct 1, 2009
A new and improved health clinic is coming to South Broadway.
       First Choice Community Healthcare broke ground this week on a project that will more than double the space it now has at its South Broadway clinic. The nonprofit group is transforming an old state building at 1301 William Street into its new space at a cost of $3.2 million.

Aug 25, 2008
Dr.Santiago Macias, Assistant Medical Director of First Choice Community Healthcare, was selected to receive the 2009 Pfizer Teacher Development Award based on his scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and dedication to family medicine.

Our Patient-Centered Healthcare Home makes you feel welcomed and cared for by a team that:

  • Knows your health history and goals
  • Communicates effectively with you and with each other
  • Gives you appointments when you need them
  • Coordinates the complexity of labs, prescriptions, referrals and insurance

We go the extra mile to help our patients get help paying for their health care.

  • We assist with Medicaid applications
  • We help patients find insurance on the Marketplace
  • We enroll patients in special programs when they are eligible
  • We provide a discount for services based on family size and income

First Choice Community Healthcare is a 501 c3 non-profit, community-based health center system that provides access to quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care to all people who need it -- regardless of ability to pay. We are a health center grantee under 42 USC 245b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 USC 233 (g)-(n).



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