Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT – The Community Foundation of Utah has awarded a $545,182 two-year grant to the Fourth Street Clinic. The grant is the first awarded through the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund, a fund established by the Community Foundation of Utah in 2015.
The grant will support the launch of the Clinic’s Nurse Care Management (NCM) pilot program, a program designed to connect homeless individuals with comprehensive medical services. The NCM program follows a Hub and Spoke Model, with the Fourth Street Clinic as the central “hub” for medical services and service provider locations as the “spokes.”
The Fourth Street Clinic will partner with YWCA Utah, Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake, First Step House, Volunteers of America Utah, and The Road Home over the first two years of the program, providing Nurse Care Managers on rotation between locations depending on the needs of patients. The design is based on the Collective Impact model of increasing collaboration between nonprofit service providers through shared outcome measures, reducing duplication of services.
“This effort exemplifies the collaborative approach to homelessness that Salt Lake County’s Collective Impact Steering Committee has been working towards,” said Alex Eaton, CEO of the Community Foundation of Utah. “Our goal is to make a meaningful difference in the quality of life for those experiencing homelessness in our state by connecting individuals with the medical care they need.”
Homelessness and health issues go hand in hand. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and factors related to chronic substance abuse are found at higher rates among homeless populations. Health crises and disabling conditions can trigger homelessness by making it difficult for individuals to maintain housing, while homelessness itself can worsen medical issues and make it difficult for individuals to access medical services.
“Our focus for the program will be three health areas that are particularly critical amongst homeless populations: chronic disease management, triaged care, and medication management,” said Laura Michalski, CEO of the Fourth Street Clinic. “We are excited to see this crucial project get underway and are grateful for the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund’s support to make it possible.”
“The Housing and Homeless Prevention Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah is a true collaboration of funders, community members, and service providers,” said Mikelle Moore of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund’s funders, and a member of the advisory committee. “By giving to the Community Foundation of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare is able to leverage our contributions with other sources of funding to support collective impact priorities and positively impact the health of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.”
About the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund
The Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund was established to improve the delivery of services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk for homelessness in Utah. The Fund’s advisory committee includes Alan Pruhs (Association for Utah Community Health), David Litvack (Salt Lake City), Jean Hill (Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City), Mikelle Moore (Intermountain Healthcare), Pamela Atkinson (Homelessness Advocate), Senator Ann Milner (Utah State Senate), Shaleane Gee (Salt Lake County), and Tiffanie Provost (Axiom Properties, LLC). Funding for this grant was made possible in part through the generous support of Intermountain Healthcare and Goldman Sachs.
About the Community Foundation of Utah
The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is strategic, collaborative, and forward-thinking. For more information visit www.utahcf.org.
About the Fourth Street Clinic
The Fourth Street Clinic serves homeless individuals and families in Utah by increasing access to high quality healthcare, including comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral support services. For more information, visit www.fourthstreetclinic.org.
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