Across the 11 FUHN clinics, members provide primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and support services to traditionally underserved communities.
76% of the clinics’ patients are non-white and most reside in the Twin Cities urban centers
89% of patients with known incomes have household incomes ≤ 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
36% are best served in a language other than English.
To provide wrap-around services and address their patients’ social determinants of health, the FUHN clinics work closely with community partners such as county agencies, community mental health centers, racial and ethnic community organizations, and schools.
Axis Medical Center was founded by an endocrinologist of Tanzanian origin in collaboration with a group of healthcare professionals and community leaders to serve Minneapolis’ burgeoning refugee and immigrant community. The team wanted to create an environment highly adapted to the linguistic needs and cultural sensitivities of the patient population. The clinic opened its doors as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit primary care community health center in 2008, and quickly became a go-to clinic for Somali and other East African Minnesotans. The Axis medical, service, and education staff represents the broad ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the population it serves, with years of experience working with this population and earning credibility in the community. Axis outreach programs include free vaccinations and health screenings, diabetes prevention classes, smoking cessation and nutrition coaching, interfaith dialogue, and physical & mental health services at homeless facilities across the Twin Cities.
CUHCC was a founding member of the country’s first accountable care organization for FQHCs and has been serving the community for over 50 years. As a community clinic, CUHCC offers medical, dental, and mental health care, as well as services that help patients find resources for food, shelter, prescriptions, legal support, and advocacy for domestic abuse and sexual assault. Over half of CUHCC’s mental health patients also receive medical services at CUHCC, allowing CUHCC providers to work collaboratively to provide patient-centered care. Students and residents at CUHCC have the chance to work with other students and preceptors in other fields to best serve the complex needs of their patients. The CUHCC patient population comes from more than 12 different racial and ethnic groups that span 5 continents.
For over 45 years, the Indian Health Board (IHB) has been committed to community and cultural health. While promoting and preserving the American Indian and Alaska Native traditions and identity in the urban area, they embrace everyone seeking patient-centered, culturally sensitive health and wellness services. IHB has a medical clinic, a full-service outpatient dental clinic for adults and children, and a counseling center committed to decolonizing their healing work with clients and including traditional and cultural practices in their services. IHB also provides comprehensive programs, educational classes, and resources focused on healthy lifestyle choices, and preventative and management care.
Minnesota Community Care was founded in 1972 as West Side Community Health Services. Our original name reflects our roots. We have been serving the residents of Saint Paul, particularly those on the West Side, for over fifty years. Since our humble beginnings, we have grown to be the largest community health care organization in Minnesota. Our new name reflects our current service to the community and our promise for the future – to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all.
The Native American Community Clinic (NACC) opened in 2003, to address the health disparities within the urban Native American community of the Twin Cities. NACC promotes the health & wellness of mind, body, and spirit of Native American families by offering a full range of healthcare services such as medical, behavioral health, dental and substance abuse programs. NACC approaches healthcare by addressing root causes of health disparities including access to food, housing, and health insurance with services such as resource navigation, care coordination, outreach, and community-based activities through the use of peer recovery coaches and community health workers. NACC strives to honor health and tradition by providing spiritual care and access to traditional healing through its Elders in Residence.
Neighborhood HealthSource is a group of non-profit primary care clinics serving North and Northeast Minneapolis and the northern suburbs, offering affordable and accessible medical and behavioral health care. Neighborhood HealthSource started as two clinics: Beltrami Health Center (now Central Clinic) and Fremont Clinic, which originally operated out of local community centers and were staffed by volunteers. Today, Neighborhood HealthSource has four clinics.
In 1967, a group of St. Paul residents opened one of the state’s few medical clinics dedicated to helping populations of color. The clinic started in the basement of St. James AME Church, in St. Paul’s old Rondo neighborhood, an area where the majority of residents were African American. Today, Open Cities provides complete health wellness services to all people, regardless of their situation, and integrates health care into one space to improve access to health services. The goal of Open Cities is to improve the health and well-being of high-risk and vulnerable populations through the provision of affordable medical, dental, mental health, optometry, and chiropractic care and other support services.
Open Door Health Center is a non-profit community health center that began as a free health program in Mankato. Incorporated as The Wellness Center in 1983, the project was founded to meet the needs of women and children with little access to healthcare. In fall 1994, additional funding helped create an independent, freestanding affordable care clinic, which became the origin of the Open Door Health Center model that exists today. Since its start, the Open Door team has had an unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for its patients and within the community. They do this by providing integrated health care services, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. With its cooperative, team-based approach, Open Door providers offer quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care all in one place. Open Door also offers insurance enrollment, legal assistance, and pharmacy services onsite at the main clinic in Mankato.
In 1970, grassroots organizers purchased a former chapel that dated back to the 1800s to create a clinic to serve the needs of area students and residents and created Cedar Riverside People’s Center, one of Minnesota’s first free medical clinics. People’s Center then acquired Family Dental Care (now People's Center Dental Clinic) to increase access to direct dental care and oral hygiene education for clients receiving Medicaid. People’s Center was the first FQHC in the nation to hire a dental therapist to increase patient access to dental care and reduce medical costs. In 2003, the clinic rebranded to People’s Center Clinics and Services and became an FQHC. Today, People’s Center has two clinics dedicated to delivering affordable health care, behavioral health services, and supportive services.
Southside Community Health Services was founded in 1971 by three volunteers in partnership with Southside Ministries and Abbott Northwestern Hospital to provide compassionate, high quality primary care to underserved individuals and families in the South Minneapolis community. Southside is a full-service care clinic committed to providing exceptional and comprehensive health services in a professional, inclusive, and culturally responsive setting. We offer a complete spectrum of outstanding care with services including medical, dental, vision and behavioral health. Southside ranks nationally in the top 10% as a Quality Leader for clinical quality outcomes.
United Family Medicine opened in 1992 as a result of two primary care clinics merging within the (Allina) United Hospital health system. We operated within the Allina Health System until 2004, when we earned our status as an independent Federally Qualified Health Center look-alike (FQHC-la). In 2012 we qualified for full FQHC status, meeting the requirements of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and solidifying our independent nonprofit business model. Throughout our journey to clinic independence, we have retained our mission toward “excellence in delivering healthcare for all; training the providers of tomorrow”. In 2009, we moved to our current home at Randolph Avenue and West 7th Street. This building allowed us to expand services and meet the health care demands of our growing community while contributing to the vitality of our region.