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Historical photo of CUHCC building with doctorsThe Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) was founded in 1966 by the University of Minnesota as the first community health center in Minnesota. Throughout our existence, CUHCC has evolved our services but has always been committed to providing healthcare to those in need and clinical training for health sciences students and residents.

1966 to 2016 Celebrating 50 years of Community Health

2010s

2010s

2013 - December
20th Anniversary celebration of Deinard Legal Clinic

2000s

2000s

2006 - January
CUHCC Governing Board approves new Mission, Vision, and Values

2003 - September
CUHCC hosts its first annual Open House

2001 - October
CUHCC celebrates its 35th anniversary

1990s

1990s

1996
University hospitals merge into Fairview-University Medical Center; University of Minnesota retains CUHCC and annexes it to the Academic Health Center.

Mid-1990s
East African and Latino immigrant and refugee groups begin to settle into South Minneapolis.

1993
CUHCC partners with law firm Leonard, Street and Deinard to offer pro-bono legal services to clients.

1991 - June
CUHCC moves to its current building on Bloomington Avenue

1980s

1980s

1989
CUHCC merges with Health Etc., a clinic that provided medical and dental services on Bloomington and Lake Street

Early 80s
The first waves of Southeast Asian immigrants and other refugees settle into the neighborhood around CUHCC

1970s

1970s

Late 70s
The first waves of Southeast Asian immigrants and other refugees settle into the neighborhood around CUHCC.

1975
CUHCC introduces an adult medical program in response to requests from the parents of pediatric patients. Services were made available through a sliding fee scale, pre-paid health care program.

Early 70s
Clinic employs community health workers to provide culturally appropriate health care to American Indians from the surrounding neighborhoods. At the time, Phillips neighborhood had one of the highest urban American Indian populations in the nation.

The Social Work Program at CUHCC expands into a full-fledged Mental Health Program with psychologists, psychiatrists, and social/mental health workers on staff to provide mental health services.

1960s

1960s

1966
The University of Minnesota establishes CUHCC as a pilot project for pediatric health care to low-income families in the Phillips neighborhood. The clinic's services focus on providing comprehensive health care to all children from birth to 21 years of age that includes mental health and dental care.