In an effort to be good stewards in the community, Intermountain Medical Center is committed to extending our benefits to the community beyond the walls of its hospital. Nathan Peterson, director of community benefit at Intermountain Medical Center, shares a few of the ways Intermountain Healthcare promotes health and wellness to care for people in the community.
Intermountain Healthcare recently conducted a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment, which yielded four priorities focused on the communities we live in, with prevention as the overarching strategy: Prevention of pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and prescription opioid misuse.
To help make communities healthier, we identified interventions that will be implemented directly in community settings, including Diabetes Prevention Programs, Blood Pressure Management, access to Behavioral Health Networks, and Living Well with Chronic Pain workshops.
Within Intermountain’s Community Benefit Department, we also have a special focus on underserved communities. To address these needs, we will continue to partner with Safety Net Clinics and our Behavioral Health Networks to increase access to primary care and behavioral health services.
Some of our community benefit efforts include:
- Supporting community clinics that serve low-income and uninsured populations.
- Financial assistance for people who are unable to pay.
- Diagnostic vouchers for people to visit independent clinics not owned by Intermountain that serve low-income and uninsured people who require specialty physician visits, imaging or lab services.
- Health and medical educational programs in the community.
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