People’s Health Clinic’s Walk and Wine will benefit women
People’s Health Clinic Walk and Wine for Women’s Health
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley Resort
People’s Health Clinic Executive Director Beth Armstrong thinks Deer Valley and the Stein Eriksen Lodge is the perfect place to take a healthy hike, enjoy some great food and learn about women’s health.
This is why the nonprofit that provides medical care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties, chose the resort to host its annual Walk and Wine for Women’s Health fundraiser.
The event, now in its fourth year, will be held on Sunday, June 30. Tickets are $40 and available by visiting peopleshealthclinic.org.
People usually arrive between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m to sign in, and then embark on a hike, which usually lasts about an hour, according to Armstrong.
“Then they’ll head back to the lodge for a Wonder Woman cocktail, because we’re all wonder women,” she said.
After the cocktail mixer, the group will sit down for lunch for a short presentation about People’s Health Clinic and a keynote speech by Danelle Umstead, a Paralympic alpine skier with multiple sclerosis, who has medaled despite her vision impairment. (See accompanying story).
Each of the 35 tables will feature basket centerpieces that are filled with $500 worth of donations, including a bottle of wine from Washington, $250 gift certificates from Park City Jewelers, Spa Vitoria gift certificates, a five-punch pass to Silver Mountain and more, Armstong said.
“We do a mini table auction and there will be one winner at each table who will get to take the basket home,” she said.
In addition, People’s Health Clinic will place donation cards on the tables.
“Anyone who can afford to support us further can do that with these cards,” Armstrong said.
The money raised through the auction and donations will benefit the clinic’s women’s services programs, said clinical services director Rachelle Flinn.
“We offer comprehensive women’s health care services such as wellness visits, cancer screenings — mammograms and pap smears — as well as contraceptive and family -planning counseling and access,” Flinn said. “We have found that women tend to put off taking care of themselves because they feel their families should come first,” she said. “So part of our mission is to make sure every woman we see needs to learn to take care of themselves first, so they can take care of their families.”
The clinic’s practitioners also give obstetric and prenatal care, which is important in women’s health, she said.
“We want to help the women so that their deliveries have little complications, and the babies are healthy,” she said. “There is no Planned Parenthood access in Summit County, so we take pride in offering comparable services for women in the Wasatch Back.”
Last year, People’s Health Clinic saw just under 10,000 unique patient visits, and 30 percent of those visits were women’s health appointments, Flinn said.
“Thanks to our service and provider volunteers, we have been able to double the capacity of patients we see every day at the clinic,” she said.
Armstrong said about $400,000, more than half the nonprofit’s annual budget, goes toward women’s health programs, and the fundraiser helps her carry out her belief that everyone deserves quality health care.
“It shouldn’t be available for only those who can afford it,” she said. “We don’t get any federal funding, so we rely on donations.”
This year’s fundraiser feels more urgent because of a national wave of state legislation aimed at severely restricting abortion access, Armstrong said.
“(Lawmakers) are so willing to take away services, but for me the most important thing is to educate and provide young women family planning services,” she said. “If they aren’t ready to start a family, lets give them options and ways so they don’t get pregnant.”
Every day Armstrong wonders where her patients would go if they couldn’t get help at the clinic.
“I know many would wait until they were so sick that they would have to go to the emergency room,” she said. “And that’s something we don’t want.”
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