Intermountain School Clinics work in collaboration with Salt Lake City School District to help meet the health needs of residents living in underserved areas.
Although the school year is over and most students are out for summer break in Utah, there is still a vital community resource open to meet the needs of those living in underserved communities. Intermountain Healthcare school-based clinics remain open for families and communities all year long to help meet health needs.
Intermountain has long been dedicated to providing access to healthcare services, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, and operates a variety of community and school-based clinics in underserved communities. These school clinics provide convenient access to primary medical care, disease prevention, management resources, and other health services for all Utahns.
“I grew up without regular access to healthcare coverage. So, community clinics were a critical component of my access to healthcare as a kid,” said Shireen Ghorbani, Intermountain Healthcare community health director.
“These community clinics are a great place, well trusted in our communities, where we can meet people where they are and to help those who have had limited access to regular healthcare feel more comfortable,” added Ghorbani.
For example, the Intermountain Rose Park Clinic is in one of the areas in Utah with a higher rate of uninsured people.
“Our excellent caregivers treat every patient and family as an individual building trust through our school partners,” said Mikelle Moore, chief community health officer at Intermountain. “Although none of this possible without the incredible partnership and advocacy with the schools.”
Poor student health can cause educational setbacks and interfere with learning. When students have untreated health issues, they are unable to fully focus on their schoolwork.
Research also shows that problems that emanate from poor health include a higher probability of school failure, poor levels of concentration, grade retention and higher dropout rates.
“We are so fortunate to have a partner in Intermountain Healthcare,” said Timothy Gadson III, PhD, superintendent of the Salt Lake City School District. “They provide critical support and medical care for our children and families in a welcoming and familiar environment.”
Locations for Intermountain School Clinics
Pamela Atkinson Clinic at Liberty Elementary
1078 South 300 East, Salt Lake City
Intermountain Rose Park Elementary School Clinic
1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City
For more information about Intermountain school clinics and other community health clinics and initiatives, visit intermountainhealthcare.org/communityhealth.
About Intermountain Healthcare
Based in Utah with locations in seven states and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers, a health plans division with more than one million members called SelectHealth, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs. For more information, see Intermountain Healthcare.