KUTV 2 News - Alliance to study how support can improve Utahns' health

Published on Jul 12, 2018
Intermountain Healthcare

KUTV 2 News - Alliance to study how support can improve Utahns' health

For lower-income Americans, myriad obstacles can get in the way of good health-care services and healthy lifestyle choices.

Inadequate housing, limited income, utility needs, a lack of family support — there is a long list of factors that can leave a person in ill health, before they ever get to see a doctor or have their needs assessed.

For health-care providers like Utah-based not-for-profit Intermountain Healthcare, developing treatment plans for those patients when they finally do come in for help can be a challenge.

So this week, a group of partners — the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health — announced plans to find a better way.

Intermountain Healthcare is pledging to spend $12 million over the next three years to find ways that non-medical changes in areas like education, income, social support and physical environment can create better health outcomes.

The project is slated to start with two demonstration programs, one in St. George and one in Ogden, to work with Medicaid patients in those cities who are insured through SelectHealth. By pinpointing each patient’s individual non-medical health factors and then working through available public programs to find ways to improve on them, the hope is to see a commensurate improvement in medical health.

“By working together in new ways to promote health, we expect to make a real difference in the lives of the people in these programs,” said Mikelle Moore, senior vice president of community health for Intermountain. “The alliance will lead to healthier communities and will also have a positive impact in slowing the rise of healthcare costs.”

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