OUR MISSION

What is a Community Health Center?

A Community Health Center (CHC) is private non-profit or public health care organization located in or serving Federally designated medically underserved populations.


Each CHC is governed by a local patient-majority board of directors, and provides comprehensive primary health, dental, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, income levels, and insurance status regardless of ability to pay.  The charges for services at a CHC are discounted to patients according to a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.

Reaching Out With Patient-Centered Care


Missouri Community Health Centers are local, non-profit, community-driven health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. For nearly 50 years, 

Missouri’s health centers have provided high-quality, affordable primary care and preventive services, and often provide on-site dental, pharmaceutical, and mental health and substance abuse services.


Also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), they are located in areas where care is needed but scarce. They improve access to care for thousands of Missourians regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Missouri’s Community Health Centers provide services in each region of the state and serve individuals from every county including the City of St. Louis. They are the medical home to 450,000 Missourians and provide 1.6 million encounters each year – numbers that continue to grow. 


Community Health Center patients are among Missouri’s most vulnerable populations. People who, even if insured, would nonetheless remain isolated from traditional forms of care because of where they live; who they are; the language they speak; and their higher levels of complex health care needs. Almost 75% of their patients have family incomes at or below 100% of poverty. Moreover, our Community Health Centers serve a disproportionate level of uninsured and Medicaid patients with roughly 34% being uninsured and another 42% depend on Medicaid. Recognized as one of the most effective programs by the Office of Management and Budget, Community Health Centers reduce the need for more expensive

in-patient and specialty care, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Serving Missouri's Most Vulnerable; Regardless of Insurance and Income Status
United Health Care Foundation
MPCA Board of Directors

Bryan Adcock,

Southern Missouri Community Health Center

Dwayne Butler,

BJK People's Health Center


Ron Camp,

Cross Trails Medical Center


Angela Clabon,

CareSTL Health


Mark Conover,

Preferred Family Healthcare dba Clarity Health Care


Scott Crouch,

Ozarks Community Health Center


Susan Curfman (Secretary),

COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center

Wil Franken
KC CARE Health Center

Dr. Alan Freeman,

Affinia Healthcare




Stuart Gipson
Your Community Health Center 


Andy Grimm,

Northeast Missouri Health Council

Rodney Hummer,

Northwest Health Services


Chris Jones,

Southeast Missouri Health Network

Jack Kelly,

Family Health Centers

Dr. Faisal Khan,

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Terry Mackey,

Arthur Center Community Health

Dr. Robert Massie,

Family Care Health Centers


Don McBride (Past President),

ACCESS Family Care


Kelly Miller,

Central Ozarks Medical Center 

Jeron Ravin,

Swope Health Services

Toniann Richard (Vice President),

HCC of Rural MO

Greg Roeback,

Great Mines Health Center


Tim Shryack,

Missouri Ozarks Community Health


Alan Stevens (President),

Compass Health


Chris Stewart,

Katy Trail Community Health Center

Dr. Crystal Sullivan,

Community Health Center of Central MO

Joan Twiton,

Fordland Clinic, Inc.

Karen White (Treasurer),

Missouri Highlands Health Care



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The Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care d/b/a Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to high quality, community based, and affordable primary health care in Missouri.

April 4, 2016