We understand the importance of delivering culturally sensitive care and serving the unique needs of all of our patients. We know you and your loved ones live in New York but may be most comfortable with nurses and other professionals who are bi- or multi-lingual and capable of delivering care by communicating in the patient’s first language.

At VNSNY, we’ve tailored our comprehensive home health care and community-based services to New York City’s population of Chinese. Our staff members speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and other major Chinese dialects and can provide a wealth of services in our Chinese patients’ homes.

Our trained health professionals include nurses, therapists, home health aides, and translators who understand cultural traditions and customs and can provide family-centered care for patients and their families. They are especially sensitive to:

  • Chinese dietary and nutritional practices and their relationship to medical conditions and continuing health
  • Family dynamics in the care of the elderly and those with disabilities
  • Educating patients and families on medical conditions and treatments; they can also supply patient education materials in Chinese.

In addition, VNSNY works closely with more than 40 social, health and community agencies for language-specific referrals, with the Chinatown Community Center being a focal point of many of VNSNY’s Asian-oriented events and services.

Chinatown Community Center

In response to the demand for bilingual, bicultural services in Chinatown, VNSNY established the Chinatown Community Center through our community benefit fund in 1999. Our goals are to promote health awareness, to prevent disease, and to provide referrals for health and social services in the community. The Center conducts health and social service seminars, as well as regular health screenings, and administers flu shots.

In collaboration with Chinese Community Social Service and Health Council (CCSSHC) and Chinatown Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (Chinatown NNORC), the Chinatown Community Center also organizes special events around major Asian holidays, including Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

To find out more about the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, please visit our Chinese-language website at


Terms You Need To Know

Naturally Occurring Retirement Community

A Naturally Occurring Retirement Community, or NORC, is a housing development that has become home to a large concentration of seniors who are aging in place.


For more information, please contact the Chinatown Community Center at 212-619-3072.