The Center for Family Health began nearly 30 years ago as a small prenatal clinic, caring for pregnant women and delivering babies.

Today, the Center is a federally qualified health center, and it has expanded to six locations in Jackson County. The Center cares for more than 30,000 patients – babies, children, teens and adults of all ages. We provide high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care for all, regardless of ability to pay.


  • The Center for Healthy Beginnings opens at 817 W. High St. Founded by Community Action Agency, the Center hopes to bring down Jackson County’s high infant mortality rates by offering prenatal medical care.
The Center for Healthy Beginnings


  • Name changes to the Center for Family Health as primary medical care services are added.
Dr. Ghali


  • Center named a Federally Qualified Health Center.


  • Dental services added through a merger with Jackson Area Dental Clinic.
Dr. Grover


  • The Northeast Health Center, the Center’s first school-based clinic, opens through a partnership with Jackson Public Schools.
  • Behavioral health services added.
Northeast Construction


  • The Parkside Health Center opens at the Middle School at Parkside.


  • Mobile dental unit starts visiting area schools.


  • After a successful capital campaign, the new Downtown Facility opens at 505 N. Jackson St., bringing all of the Center’s services under one roof and adding a Pharmacy.
  • Third school-based clinic, Jackson High Health Center, opens.
505 N Jackson Construction


  • Walk-In Clinic opens at the Downtown Facility.


  • Fourth school-based clinic – Northwest Community Health Center – opens at R.W. Kidder Middle School, through a partnership with the Northwest School District.
  • Center for Family Health at LifeWays opens.
  • Center is designated a Patient-Centered Medical Home by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
  • Medical residents, through a partnership with Henry Ford Allegiance Health, start seeing family-medicine patients.
Northwest Location Opens


  • Northwest Community Health Center serves adults in addition to children and teens.
  • New medical-care center opens in Hillsdale.


  • New Dental Clinic opens at 500 N. Jackson Street, extending dental services beyond children to all adults.
  • Northeast Health Center expands services to offer primary medical care to adults.
Dental Clinic Opens


  • All patient medical records were transferred from one digital system, NextGen, to another, Epic. Called MyChart, the system is available 24/7, is private and secure, and enables doctors to access all of an individual patient’s records easily.
  • All four Center school health centers – Northeast, Parkside, Jackson High and Northwest received a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
School Health Centers


  • Center for Family Health – Hillsdale closes its doors, due to increased access to primary care in Hillsdale County.