Utah Health Center Update
Utah’s 13 Health Center organizations currently operate over 40 clinics in rural and urban communities, providing access to high-quality primary and preventive care to nearly 128,000 patients annually – 70,000 of whom are uninsured. Health Centers provide care for commercially insured, publicly insured (Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare), and uninsured patients in their respective communities. This past year, due mostly to federal funding made available through the Affordable Care Act, we experienced unprecedented growth with the addition of 10 service sites/clinics in areas such as Tremonton, Vernal, Glendale, South Salt Lake, Midvale, Richfield, Kanosh, Escalante, and Hurricane. Health Centers save the healthcare system millions of dollars each year while boosting local economies by creating jobs and tax revenue.
The following links provide additional information on how Utah’s Health Centers are essential to their communities, their economies, and the well-being of their patients:
“What is a Health Center?” Video
Uncertain exactly how the Health Center program works, what services Health Centers offer, and who is eligible to receive care at a facility? This 3-minute animated video explains why Health Centers are vital, respected members of the healthcare community in Utah.
Economic Impact Analysis
Utah’s Health Centers contributed $142M to the State’s economy in 2013 while directly supporting 861 full-time jobs – just two highlights from the recently completed report which shows the Community, Economic, and Tax impact of Health Centers across Utah in 2013.
2013 Health Center Report
This report offers an engaging, visual overview of Health Centers “by the numbers” with topics such as Locations, Visits by Type, Quality of Care, Patient Breakdown, Special Populations, Finance, Economic Impact, and Growth. The report is based on 2012 calendar year Uniform Data System data.
As you will see, Utah’s Health Centers have a positive impact on the health and economic well-being of the diverse communities they serve. While we are not the sole answer to providing care to low-income uninsured Utahns, we will continue to be a vital piece to the healthcare puzzle.
If you would like more information, or to tour a Health Center in your area, please contact me at your convenience.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR UTAH COMMUNITY HEALTH (AUCH) is a membership organization comprised of Utah’s Health Centers and allied safety-net healthcare providers. AUCH and our members reduce barriers to healthcare by enhancing primary care service delivery through prevention, health promotion, and community participation. As the Primary Care Association in Utah AUCH supports and represents our members through training and technical assistance, education, policy analysis, and community development.
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