Date: August 8, 2023

Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) Kicks off National Health Center Week (NHCW) with a Discussion about Integrated Health Care’s Impact on Health Outcomes

ST. LOUIS, MO – Family Care Health Centers hosted an event Monday, 8/7/23, to kick off National Health Center Week, an annual week-long celebration of community health centers. The event was attended by several elected officials at various state levels including senators, representatives, and aldermen, as well as local healthcare leaders. The discussion focused on community health centers’ integrated healthcare model as a critical piece of the St. Louis community’s population health.

“National Health Center Week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the 50+ years that over 1400 health centers across the nation have been providing more than just health care services to the most vulnerable populations. It also gives an opportunity to thank the many staff who make this possible,” said Aramide Ayorinde, PhD, CEO of Family Care Health Centers.  “Every day we rely on our staff to show up and provide excellent, high-quality care regardless of what is happening in their everyday lives, and that is remarkable. This movement could not be such without our patients, staff and the many dedicated partners as demonstrated at the event held. To have our partners present, including elected officials show up, shows the dedication required to continue being safety nets in our community – and for that FCHC is thankful.”

In addition to FCHC providers and staff sharing information about integrated health care services and the outcomes accomplished, Nancy Rios, HRSA Regional Administrator; Joe Palm, HHS Regional Director; and Brian Williams, Senator Brian Williams, District 14, took the opportunity to share key facts, personal sentiments and experiences, and encouragement for the path ahead for community health centers.

Attendees also had the privilege of hearing from patients whose lives had been positively altered by the care received from multiple departments of Family Care Health Centers.  They are testaments to how focusing on the whole person when providing health care solutions makes a significant impact on a person’s ability to thrive.

About Family Care Health Centers
Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) is a non-profit community health center dedicated to providing affordable and accessible comprehensive primary health care services to the residents of St. Louis and the surrounding communities.  For over 50 years, FCHC has been committed to offering a full range of services, equalizing the accessibility of quality healthcare to our hometown community members.  FCHC can be found online at, Facebook at, and LinkedIn at