Clinical Practice Site
The People’s Health Clinic serves uninsured people who live in Summit or Wasatch Counties. Most people associate Summit County with ritzy ski resorts like Park City and Deer Valley. There are thousands of people, however, who “run” the tourism economy of Park City including housekeeping staff, restaurant workers, and property maintenance workers, to name a few. Others are caring for friends and family and may not be working. We typically see the whole family, grandparents, parents, and children, for everything from wellness visits to minor acute ailments to complex chronic diseases. Cancelled or no-show appointments are rare but many struggle with challenging situations such as food insecurity, substance abuse, and transportation issues. We have a sizeable number of Spanish-speaking patients but we also have translators available who are also members of the local community.
The clinic has a physician and a physician’s assistant who serve as the primary providers on staff. The clinic has also traditionally served as a teaching site for the University of Utah Family & Preventative Medicine Residency, so there is also the opportunity to interact with other learners. The remaining providers volunteer their time. These providers include one or more pediatricians, dentists, mental health specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, obstetricians, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, orthopedists, chiropractors, and naturopaths. The clinic also has a great team of knowledgeable and helpful support staff who assist with referrals, appointments, and patient follow-up.
The clinic does not have an on-site pharmacy but the clinic’s volunteer pharmacists pay a significant role in obtaining medications for patients through manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs (PAP). The pharmacists also work to ensure timely PAP renewals and refills while also providing medication education to patients and caregivers. They also develop medication policies and help identify low-cost resources for medications administered in the clinic as well as traditional prescribing.