Primary healthcare includes the essential medical services required for an individual to live a long and healthy life. It provides an overarching principle for providing quality care for all age groups. A broad range of techniques are used for the promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation of different healthcare-related possibilities over the course of a lifetime.
The overarching principle behind primary care is people centred rather than disease centred, aiming to address social, physical, and mental needs throughout a lifetime, rather than focusing on individual problems in isolation. Primary care is an approach guiding society-wide healthcare towards effectively addressing the broader issues in public health.
According to The World Health Organization (WHO), Primary Care involves three main goals, firstly, to address the healthcare needs of people over the course of their lifetime. Secondly, advocating for positive change through public policy. Thirdly, to eventually position the average family to take charge of their mental/physical health.
Unitas is a voluntary not-for-profit behavioral health and primary care clinic licensed by the NYS Office of OMH, the office of OASAS, and via the DSRIP Project 3.a.i, can provide primary care services. It was first organized by Dr. Roman Pabis in 1983 as an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), specifically for Polish and other East European Slavic persons. A few years later, to meet the demand, a chemical dependency program was added that is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Most recently Unitas added physical health to the services it can provide to the communities of New York City.