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Guest editorial: Help People’s Health Clinic help the area’s uninsured

Beth Armstrong
People’s Health Clinic executive director

People’s Health Clinic (PHC) started 20 years ago as an ambitious dream … to provide health care to anyone in Summit or Wasatch counties without health insurance. A mobile van initially provided care from area parking lots but as demand grew, rental space throughout Park City was used as a base of clinic operations. Twenty years after embarking on this noble vision, People’s Health Clinic has a permanent home alongside the Summit County Health Department. This transformation is due largely to the kindness and generosity of the community.

The numbers are astounding. During the first year of operation, the mobile van hosted 706 patients. In 2018, the clinic recorded 9,800 patient visits, a staggering increase. Equally impressive is the number of volunteers who give their time to PHC. Last year over 6,200 hours were recorded by medical providers, midwives, phlebotomists, translators, fundraisers and clerical staff. That compassion to keep community members healthy and strong has kept clinic operating costs from going through the roof.

Locals and visitors alike are often dumbfounded by the need for a clinic that treats the uninsured. Isn’t this a ski resort town? Aren’t we one of the wealthiest areas in the state? Doesn’t everyone have health insurance? What people don’t realize is a big gap exists for individuals who don’t have insurance. Many work 30 hours or less and are not offered coverage. Others make too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to afford insurance in the marketplace. These individuals are the people who keep our beautiful resort town so beautiful. They are the landscapers, musicians, restaurant workers, Realtors, housekeepers and construction workers. It’s this workforce that keeps Summit and Wasatch counties desirable. They get sick like everyone else and deserve health care like everyone else.

More than 50 percent of our support comes from local residents who donate to People’s Health Clinic because people care. That is why I wanted to tell you about the upcoming KPCW Winter Pledge drive on March 4-7. We need your help. Please support us by calling during our on-air hour on March 4 at 7 a.m. If you would like, you can let us know prior to that morning what your pledge is and it will count! Help us kick off the week and make a big difference for the people who really need it! Remember, every dollar counts toward our challenge.

Call People’s Health Clinic with any donation during KPCW’s Winter Pledge on March 4 from 7 to 8 a.m. at 435-649-9004 or you can call the clinic to pre-pledge at 435-333-1875! Thank you.


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