Mission: Our mission is to provide access to healthcare for those in need. Our challenge is to deliver healthcare to the growing number of underserved and uninsured who do not qualify for federal or state health care programs. This growing population consists of young families, single parents, the elderly, immigrants, and other medically underserved individuals. In many cases they are our neighbors, friends, and relatives who are caught in the gap of not having insurance and therefore avoid seeking healthcare.
Programs: Federally qualified health centers utah partners for health manages two federally qualified health centers. In 2014, it opened its mid-valley health clinic, located in midvale, utah, which provides primary health care services to all regardless of the ability to pay. These services are offered under a discounted sliding fee schedule based on proof of income. The mid-valley clinic is a federally qualified community health center open five days per week. In november 2014 the clinic extended its hours to include two evenings each week and saturdays. The organization's mobile clinic program collaborates with twenty-four community-based organizations providing access to healthcare to low-income and underserved individuals who experience cultural barriers in accessing care. The mobile clinic travels throughout salt lake and tooele counties. During 2014, the organization provided 2,963 patient medical encounters at its mid-valley clinic and 3,010 patient medical encounters at its mobile clinic.
other utah partners for health collaborates with multiple for-profit clinics willing to provide in-kind donations to individuals in need of health care in magna, west valley, and kearns, utah. During 2014 the organization provided 4,366 patient encounters through this program. In addition, ancillary services provided in 2014 included 691 eye care visits, 57 dental care visits, 231 counseling visits, 121 physical therapy visits, and 413 diagnostic tests (mri, ct scan, radiology, audiology, nuclear).
Utah Partners for Health is an excellent example of an innovative approach to the difficult problem of providing access to healthcare for the uninsured. They take $1.00 in donations and turn it into $6.49 in healthcare services by working with providers who are willing to give back to the community. For more information, go to www.upfh.org; or call Kurt or Amy at 801-417-0131 to find out more about their unique model.