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
Southern Missouri Community Health Center
BJK People's Health Center
Cross Trails Medical Center
Preferred Family Healthcare dba Clarity Health Care
Ozarks Community Health Center
Susan Curfman (Secretary),
COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center
KC CARE Health Center
Dr. Alan Freeman,
Your Community Health Center
Northeast Missouri Health Council
Northwest Health Services
Southeast Missouri Health Network
Family Health Centers
Dr. Faisal Khan,
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Arthur Center Community Health
Dr. Robert Massie,
Family Care Health Centers
Don McBride (Past President),
ACCESS Family Care
Central Ozarks Medical Center
Swope Health Services
Toniann Richard (Vice President),
HCC of Rural MO
Missouri Ozarks Community Health
Alan Stevens (President),
Katy Trail Community Health Center
Dr. Crystal Sullivan,
Community Health Center of Central MO
Fordland Clinic, Inc.
Karen White (Treasurer),
Missouri Highlands Health Care