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Opportunities to Improve Patient Care and Boost Efficiency Drive FUHN’s Creation of Clinically Integrated Network

January 4, 2024 - The Federally Qualified Urban Health Network (FUHN) starts 2024 as a newly formed “clinically integrated network” or CIN. A CIN is a group of healthcare providers that work together to deliver efficient and affordable coordinated care to patients. The name of the new CIN is FUHN Community Care Network, and it is a distinct legal entity.

In general, there are several benefits to becoming a CIN, which is a federally authorized vehicle allowing providers to establish a structured collaboration.

“As FQHCs, FUHN clinics serve Minnesota’s most vulnerable patients, those who may speak limited or no English, are unfamiliar with our healthcare and government systems, or are living in poverty,” said FUHN Director Mary Maertens, RN, PHN. "The CIN truly is a game-changer for our community clinics, from the opportunities to improve patient care to the innovative arrangements and partnerships we can now explore.” 

FQHCs, also known as “safety-net clinics,” offer comprehensive primary and preventive care such as medical, dental, and mental health/substance abuse services to people of all ages and backgrounds regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status. The 11 clinics that comprise FUHN include Axis Medical, Community-University Health Care Center, Indian Health Board, Minnesota Community Care, Native American Community Clinic, Neighborhood Healthsource, Open Cities Health Center, Open Door Health Center, People’s Center Clinics & Services, Southside Community Health Services, and United Family Medicine

About the Federally Qualified Urban Health Network

The Federally Qualified Urban Health Network is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings together 11 federally qualified health centers (FQHC) to deliver efficient and affordable coordinated care to patients. Across the 11 FUHN clinics, members provide primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and support services to traditionally underserved communities. To provide wrap-around services and address patients’ social determinants of health, FUHN clinics work closely with partners such as county agencies, mental health centers, community-based organizations, and schools. 

Media contact: Kristen Spargo, Take Flight Communications


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