Ravell Call, Deseret News
FILE— The Community Foundation of Utah has awarded a $545,182 grant to the Fourth Street Clinic to help launch the clinic’s Nurse Care Management pilot program, which is designed to connect homeless individuals with comprehensive medical services.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Community Foundation of Utah has awarded a $545,182 two-year grant to the Fourth Street Clinic to support the launch of the clinic’s Nurse Care Management pilot program, which is designed to connect homeless individuals with comprehensive medical services.

According to a press release from the foundation, the program follows a hub and spoke model, with the Fourth Street Clinic as the central “hub” for medical services and service provider locations as the “spokes.”

The clinic will partner with YWCA Utah, Salt Lake County’s Housing Authority, First Step House, Volunteers of America-Utah and the Road Home over the first two years of the program, providing nurse care managers on rotation between locations depending on the needs of patients.

“This effort exemplifies the collaborative approach to homelessness that Salt Lake County’s Collective Impact Steering Committee has been working toward,” Alex Eaton, CEO of the Community Foundation of Utah, said in a statement. “Our goal is to make a meaningful difference in the quality of life for those experiencing homelessness in our state by connecting individuals with the medical care they need.”

Laura Michalski, CEO of the Fourth Street Clinic, said in the statement the focus of the program will be three health areas: chronic disease management, triage care and medication management.

The grant is the first awarded through the nonprofit foundation’s Housing and Homelessness Prevention Fund, which was established in 2015.