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People's Health Clinic Awarded $35,000 Grant


The Park City Community Foundation earlier this week announced the recipient of its Women’s Giving Fund high-impact grant.

The $35,000 grant is going to the People’s Health Clinic, good news for an organization entering its 20th year.

Katie Wright, from the Foundation, said that in 2013 they planned to get $1,000 donations each from 1,000 people. That one-million-dollar endowment would go towards the needs of women and children.

Wright said this week’s announcement is their 5th grant.

“We manage the fund with an eye on forever, and that means we want to make sure the corpus is maintained,” Wright explained. “We want to make sure that in lean times we can continue to support non-profits at a high-impact level, and that we plan for things like inflation.”

She said they plan to have the amount of the grant grow every year.

For 2019, they received 13 applications, and narrowed the list down to three finalists. The runners-up were PC Tots and Youth Sports Alliance.

The People’s Health Clinic serves a local population that doesn’t have insurance. Beth Armstrong, representing the group, said that last year they logged just under 10,000 encounters—with about 6,000 of them women. Their budget was $846,000 and is just about the same this year.

“We only have a total of 11 bodies,” Armstrong continued. “Only eight of them are full-time, but we have 135 volunteers. Most of those are non-medical. We have about 37 medical volunteers. That’s anything from P.A.’s to nurse-practitioners, physician’s assistants to medical doctors, orthopedic doctors. We’ve now partnered with both Dr. Heiden, and with RCM, Rosenberg-Cooley-Metcalf, to where they will see one of our patients a month in surgery. So they do free surgeries for us.”

Armstrong said they would like to put some efforts into education and preventative care. One important area is dental care for their patients.

“That’s the last thing they do with their ancillary dollars,” Armstrong said. “Sometimes it’s between buying a meal or going to the dentist. They’re going to buy the meal. So we really are looking to increase our dental services.”

The grant from the Foundation will also help them in providing contraceptive care.

“We just had a donor come to us and say, if I could find a matching grant, he would give us money to buy a certain type of contraceptive device, which is called a Nexplanon,” Armstrong explained. “Which is inserted in your arm, and it can last anywhere from three to five years. It’s tested through blood. We know how long it lasts. He said if I could match it, he would give me most of what I need for the entire year in Nexplanons. Through this grant, I’m using this as my matching for that.”

Along the same lines, Wright said that an anonymous donor has given an annual $10,000 to the Foundation in recent years.

“That means we’re able to provide a $5,000 grant to each of the two runners-up,” Wright continued. “This year they were PC Tots, who’s building an emergency fund for their families, so when a crisis happens those families can weather the storm. Also Youth Sports Alliance, which has expanded its really amazing program Get Out and Play and Activate, which is an after-school program for kids to try new sports, out into the South Summit area.”

People’s Health Clinic will hold a celebration for their 20th year on September 6th at the equestrian center at Promontory.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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