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 in Columbia, Missouri. 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.
In 1995, Family Health Center organized itself as a not-for-profit corporation with a local governing board. The board consists of 13 voting members and five consulting members. Family Health Center received its Federally Qualified Health Center designation and its first Federal Grant in 1999.
Today, FHC has locations in Columbia, Marceline, and Salisbury, Missourithat 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.