Improving Lives. Transforming Communities. Achieving Health Equity for Everyone.
Deliver affordable health care, inspire hope and promote community wellness.
Improve Lives. Transform Communities. Achieve Health Equity for Everyone.
• Welcoming: We treat everyone with care and compassion, building relationships based on dignity and integrity.
• Unified: We model inclusion and respect for diversity in everything we do, honoring and learning from each other’s worldviews.
• Responsive: We respond to the ever-changing healthcare landscape with innovation, resourcefulness and flexibility to provide high quality care.
• Accountable: We hold ourselves accountable for our work and the impact we have on patients, families and each other. We are responsible stewards of our organization’s resources.
• Excellence: Every day, we perform at our highest level to provide exceptional, personalized, and culturally-appropriate care.
People’s Center is a nationally recognized non-profit community health center serving diverse communities in south Minneapolis and surrounding communities. People’s Center operates a network of three clinics and accepts all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
PCCS’s mission is to deliver affordable health care, inspire hope and promote community wellness. We achieve these three pillars by offering integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care and supportive services thereby creating a one-stop shop opportunity for all patients. PCCS health care providers and staff reflect the diversity of patients served, with more than 60% being people of color and 40% bilingual.
People’s Center Clinics & Services was initially founded as Cedar Riverside People’s Center in 1970 by grassroots organizers in the neighborhood who sought to address the needs of the West Bank students and residents. The result was one of Minnesota’s first free medical clinics. In 2003, People’s Center became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Since becoming an FQHC, the number of patients served annually by People’s Center increased from 2,000-9,000– demonstrating the burgeoning need for accessible and affordable health care in our service area. We also added behavioral health services and expanded our supportive services .People’s Center is now a Minnesota Health Care Home certified clinic, validating our commitment to providing comprehensive, patient-centered care.
People’s Center 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. We were the first FQHC in the nation to hire a dental therapist to increase patient access to dental care and reduce medical costs, and the first community clinic in Minnesota to invest in a bridge or interface between our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Dental Record (EDR).
People’s Center is one of the founding clinics of Federally Qualified Urban Healthcare Network (FUHN), an Accountable Care Organization with the goal of achieving the triple aim: reducing cost, improving health outcomes and improving patient experience. As part of our work with FUHN, PCCS has reduced hospital admissions by 10%, reduced emergency room visits by 22% and reduced pharmacy cost by 7% over three years.
OUR CLINICS & SERVICES
People’s Center offers services in three distinct neighborhoods in Minneapolis: Cedar-Riverside, Longfellow and Powderhorn. At People’s Center's Cedar Riverside Clinic, we offer the full continuum of primary care, from pediatric to geriatric care. We also offer preventative care and education, acute care and chronic disease management, reproductive health, including pre- and postnatal care for women and STI/HIV testing for all ages. We have a nurse phone line during office hours and after-hours telephone access to providers for urgent medical needs.
People’s Center is a certified Health Care Home. This means we provide an integrated team approach to patient care, giving patients the access, support and resources they need to get and stay healthy.
We offer a low-cost pharmaceutical program, laboratory and X-ray services, as well as a referral service for those patients who need to be seen by a specialist. Our care coordinators help patients get the care they need across medical, behavioral, dental, specialty and pharmaceutical services.
Our two other clinics include People’s Center Wellstone Clinic, a school-based clinic located inside Wellstone International High School that provides preventative and primary care and will soon provide dental care to students and staff at the school, and People’s Center Dental Clinic (formerly Family Dental Care), which offers preventative care, examinations, x-rays and hygiene services along with tooth extractions, root canals, fillings, bridges, crowns and dental sealants to patients of all ages.
In 2003, I got real sick—I started losing weight rapidly, I was drinking a lot of water and I couldn’t sleep through the night because I got up eight to 10 times to urinate. I was getting fatigued and started missing days at work. .
In the emergency room, they didn’t give me any care but told me I needed to pick a primary physician; they gave us a list and we picked People’s Center. We saw Dr. Vincent; he checked me, did a lot of bloodwork, gave me a medication and told me to come back in a week. Before I got home that day, Dr. Vincent called me from his house and said the bloodwork had come back; I needed to go immediately to the hospital. My blood sugar was at 670 (a normal range is between 70 and 180). I was lucky to be alive. I should’ve been in a coma. I was in the hospital for two weeks.
Our house was destroyed in the Minneapolis tornado in 2011. People’s Center helped find us temporary housing and eventually assisted in getting us to our permanent apartment, where we have been for two years. They’ve been in our corner the entire time.
A lot people would’ve given up on me, but they’re like our family. This clinic is absolutely is a blessing. I don’t know what we’d do without Dr. Vincent, my angel in disguise.
In 2015, I was about 3 months pregnant with my fifth child. I was nauseated, vomiting, and anemic. I had recently moved from St. Cloud so I was new to town and didn’t know where to go. I spoke with my cousin who brought me to People’s Center.
In the beginning, I came for checkups once a month, but as my anemia got worse, my appointments became bi-weekly. Then, toward my delivery date, I was here weekly.
What I first noticed about People’s Center was that it was welcoming and clean. People here care for me; my physician and nurses, they are amazing. They called multiple different insurance companies to find out if I was eligible for coverage. They call me at home to explain my medications to me. I had a hard time with delivery and experienced some complications, so my midwife and my care coordinator got me access to in-home physical therapy. Someone even helped me shop for my children. I cannot count how many things they have helped me with.
The physicians are all nice and caring – they look like they want to be here. Everyone else is so friendly and accommodating. Best of all, there are women here who speak my language. I always tell people about this place.