Community First Health Centers

About Us

Since 1975, Community First Health Centers (formerly Downriver Community Services) has provided primary care services to the St. Clair County and Macomb County areas. We make every effort to ensure that all of your medical needs are met. We offer a wide range of health care services for every person at any age or stage. We are more than just a primary care and family medical center. We work tirelessly to integrate all of your health care needs into our programs and provide an environment to promote whole health management.

We are a community health center that is fully stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, from digital imaging systems, to on-site lab services, to our patient portal. We receive additional funding from outside sources that allows us to provide many additional services not traditionally provided by primary care offices, like our ability to offer a reduced-rate Sliding Fee Program for the uninsured or underinsured and to offer a healthcare program that works to provide free healthcare to the homeless community.

We make every effort to ensure that all the needs of each patient we serve are met, and we work earnestly to coordinate care with other service providers where necessary.

Our Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Quality
  • Community Focus

Our Mission

We provide high-quality, patient-centered health care that is respectful, compassionate and accessible to all members of our community.

Our Board of Directors

A community-based Board of Directors governs Community First Health Centers. These voluntary non-compensated members of our community donate their time and effort to ensure the organization's core values, mission, and vision are followed. Current members of the Board are as follows:

Board of Directors

  • President: Rev. Alan J. Schwieger
  • President Elect: Laurie Huff
  • Treasurer: Cheryl Hollingsworth
  • Members: John Esselink, Beth A. Engel, Shirley Hunter, David Meldrum, Jon Parsons, John Highstreet, and Debi Schroeder

Our Vision

Community First Health Centers will be recognized as an outstanding employer and provider offering comprehensive, integrated health and human services with an innovative and dynamic approach to improving the quality of life for our community.