Service At Its Finest
Utah Partners for Health was established in July 2002 by Brian Zehnder, M.D., and community leaders concerned about the growing number of uninsured. The original name was MCFM Foundation. Kurt Micka joined UPFH as the executive director in January 2003. In April 2003, UPFH received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. The first collaborating partner was the Magna Center for Family Medicine, who provided in kind donations to the first patient in June 2003.
In 2007, two major programs were added to provide needed access to healthcare: A mobile clinic that provides access to groups who experience cultural barriers to access in their own neighborhoods, and a prenatal clinic located in West Valley City. The mobile clinic has grown to provide care to thousands of underserved individuals at multiple locations in Salt Lake and Tooele counties. After 5 years of serving prenatal care, the prenatal services ended in June 2013.
In 2013, Utah Partners for Health was faced with losing providers who partnered with the mobile clinic. A new collaboration was established with Health Clinics of Utah to keep the program running and expanding. Therefore, we expanded our reach into the Glendale and Rose Park area.
In 2013, with the urging of several community partners, Utah Partners for Health also embarked on a plan to open their own clinic in Midvale, Utah. Part of the plan included applying for a New Access Point Grant with the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In November of that year, UPFH received the New Access Point Grant and received its first patient at the Mid-Valley Health Clinic in November 2013.
In 2014, UPFH included the mobile clinic into their scope of practice. The Mid-Valley Health Clinic opened its doors 5 days a week in February 2014.
In 2014, we also expanded our mobile clinic services to include Eye Care. The Mobile Eye care unit program is in collaboration with Charity Vision and provides exams and free to low-cost lenses to Title 1 Schools, shelters, and other communities.
In 2016, we opened the Utah Partners for Health Behavioral Health Clinic to offer counseling services, and the Utah Partners for Health Dental Clinic offering full dental care services. Both of these new services are located at our 7651 Main Street address in Midvale Utah.