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Office of Health Disparities

Current Projects

Bridging Communities and Clinics Project

Bridging Communities and Clinics (BCC) is a community-based outreach program developed by the Office of Health Disparities (OHD) that was successfully piloted in 2012 through outreach conducted in four Wasatch Front counties. The BCC outreach model was designed to address known inadequacies and inefficiencies of the “traditional” health fair approach to community health outreach.

Between April 2012 and July 2015, BCC focused on outreach among populations affected by significant health disparities and communities historically identified to be at high risk for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and barriers to healthcare.1 During that period, the Bridging Communities and Clinics model provided over 2,800 screenings through over 130 outreach events coordinated through a dynamic network of 13 referral clinics and 25 community partners in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit, Weber, and Grand counties.

In August 2015 and, because of federal requirements to address geographic disparities, OHD re-engineered BCC to focus on improving access to both medical and oral health services in two of Utah’s most underserved communities: the neighborhood of Glendale and the city of South Salt Lake. Since 2015, BCC has focused on outreach among populations affected by significant health disparities and residents of Glendale and South Salt Lake are no exception as they face considerable barriers to accessing medical health services and oral health services. In these two communities, BCC aims to (1) increase the number of people with a usual primary care provider and (2), increase the number of children, teens, and adults who used the oral health care system in the past year.

Moving beyond distribution of brochures and basic health screenings, the BCC approach employs evidence-based best practices to address themes of access to health services, preventive wellness promotion, and cultural competency by (1) partnering with community-based organizations to coordinate community events and mobilize community members; (2) assembling a diverse Outreach Team made up of trained outreach assistants and licensed oral health volunteers; (3) providing clinically relevant screenings for blood glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, and oral health at no cost; (4) employing a secure data collection tool to identify community members’ social determinants of health needs; (5) offering appropriate referrals to free, reduced-cost, or income-based primary care and oral health services; and (6) working with a network of organizations to deliver individualized post-screening follow-up to help participants with signing up for medical insurance, finding a primary care provider, scheduling medical and dental appointments, etc.

Since September 2015, the redirected Bridging Communities and Clinics model has provided more than 350 screenings through 11 outreach events coordinated through a dynamic network of over 20 partnerships including community-based organizations, oral health systems, referral institutions, and community partners.


1Including the uninsured/underinsured, low-income populations, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, refugee communities/recent immigrants, etc.

2013-2014 Legislative Report

This legislative report outlines BCC efforts for the first three years of implementation.

Bridging Communities & Clinics Pilot Outreach Program 2012

This report outlines the successful outcomes of OHD's innovative new outreach strategy.

MAHINA Pilot Project

In spring 2015, OHD, in collaboration with the MAHINA (Maternal Health & Infant Advocates) Task Force conducted a pilot project to raise awareness about birth outcomes disparities among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities.

The pilot program consisted of six weekly sessions. The sessions began with a pre-questionnaire survey. Two facilitators were present at each session to provide support and direction for implementation of curriculum. The program curriculum focused on the community's definition of health, norms and practices surrounding birth outcomes, preconception health in the family setting, the mental and emotional wellness for mothers and babies, and making a difference in the community. Guest presenters attended many of the sessions to offer specialized knowledge, skills, and activities. Some of the sessions also included a physical activity component such as zumba or hot hula. The program concluded with a final presentation by participants about what they learned as well as a post-questionnaire. Sessions were held at a faith-based organization in Salt Lake County.

MAHINA Pilot Program: Raising Awareness About Birth Outcomes Disparities Among Pacific Islander Communities in Utah

This is a summary of OHD's collaboration with the MAHINA (Maternal Health & Infant Advocates) Task Force on a pilot project to raise awareness about birth outcomes disparities among Utah Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities.

Office of Health Disparities Reduction(OHD), Utah Department of Health(UDOH)

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