Utah Philanthropy Day: How Intermountain Healthcare supports the community


(Good Things Utah) – Utah Philanthropy Day brings the community together to celebrate the impact that volunteers, foundations, philanthropists and individuals have on our nonprofits and the communities they serve .

Every day, Utah’s nonprofits nourish, care for, house, educate, inspire and uplift our communities. Utah Philanthropy Day is the special day each year that honors the community that supports our communities. Intermountain Healthcare is one of the many organizations that help tremendously.

Intermountain Community Care Foundation

The Intermountain Community Care Foundation was established in 1982 with the aim of helping community agencies and organizations by funding health care related projects.

The foundation has grown and now funds several areas of intervention, including improving mental well-being, social determinants of health, air quality and initiatives that improve access to health care. for our communities.

In 2020, ICCF and Intermountain Healthcare funded over 240 nonprofits in our community, and they continue to grow that number every year.

The foundation is focused on funding innovative initiatives focused on comprehensive human health for our communities. They know that health is not just physical health, but that it can include many factors such as access to healthy food, affordable housing and transportation.

An example of an initiative they recently funded is to support affordable housing. They awarded a grant to the Housing Preservation Fund (UPFH) and Utah Partners for Health for $ 310,000 over three years.

The UPFH and Utah Partners for Health will use the funds to purchase 46 social housing units to ensure they are available for current tenants and low-income residents.

These units, which have a large square footage and multiple bedrooms, are very rare and invaluable for large low-income households.

Intermountain social protection checks

In addition to the work of the foundation, Intermountain Healthcare is also committed to improving the social determinants of health. Intermountain Medical Group Clinics, along with several committed community clinics, examine the social needs of adults and families of pediatric patients using a brief questionnaire called the Social Check.

Filtering is typically administered through the automated registration process and takes less than a minute.

It provides vital health information as useful as blood pressure or a lab test to understand the root cause of a patient’s health problems and the best treatment for their well-being.

Social Check screening in clinical settings strengthens relationships between health care providers and community organizations that provide social services.

Community-based organizations can offer expertise in areas of social services and, in turn, health care providers can identify people who need these services.

Learn more about Utah Philanthropy Day.

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