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Health Care Access for the Uninsured in Utah

Fourth Street Clinic in Utah

Each year, the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City provides a broad array of primary and ancillary health care services to thousands of individuals who experience homelessness.

When it comes to health, homeless individuals are particularly vulnerable, often turning to emergency rooms when there is no other recourse for care. Fourth Street Clinic addresses this by offering 60 on-site health care and support service components and 10 specialty clinics — with 210 specialists available at no cost to patients.

To improve its services, the Clinic has integrated behavioral health and primary health care and added a medical social worker, an advanced practice psychiatric nurse and a volunteer psychiatrist to the team of primary care providers. And to increase efficiencies, the Clinic is in the process of going entirely paperless.

With a $10,000 grant from The Cambia Health Foundation, the Clinic will continue its important work.

Health Care Access for the Uninsured in Magna, Utah

There are 400,000 uninsured people in Utah, including refugees from dozens of countries that have settled in Salt Lake County. These individuals have little or no access to primary medical care and frequently use the emergency room for non-emergency issues. Utah Partners for Health (UPFH) was established to address this growing problem, and it has been able to continue and expand its important work with a $25,690 grant from the Foundation.

The health care professionals and community leaders of UPFH focus specifically on meeting the needs of uninsured people in Magna, West Valley City and Kearns, Utah. Its model is unique because it coordinates the services of eleven clinics through one point of contact. Every dollar donated to UPFH leverages $5.10 in direct health services, which include acute, chronic and mental health care, as well as ancillary services such as radiology, echocardiograms and physical therapy. Medical referrals also facilitate services like dental, pharmaceutical and eye care. UPFH has minimal overhead and effectively utilizes volunteers, so the organization can serve over 6,000 people each year.