Family Health Center exists to provide access to primary medical, dental and mental health services for community members, with emphasis on the medically underserved, to improve the health of the community and to train future health care providers.
Family Health Center (FHC) was established in June 1992 as an innovative community effort to provide primary and preventive health care to the medically underserved. Initial partners included three major hospitals, the Columbia Area United Way, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, the University School of Medicine, and the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Services were targeted to uninsured and underinsured Boone County families who did not have a health care provider. Instead of using emergency rooms for access to primary care services, FHC offered them a “medical home” with affordable, quality health care, close to home.
Today, FHC has locations in Columbia, Marceline and Salisbury that provide primary medical, mental health, and dental care services through board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners, licensed dentists, dental hygienists, clinical social workers and nurses. FHC also provides medications assistance services for uninsured persons, referral to specialty care, referral to other community resources, and language interpretation services.