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Whooping Cough Still plaguing infants

“Have you ever seen a baby squirming, turning purple, pretty much dying from something that could have been prevented?”

The Orem mother has spent most of the last two weeks in the hospital with her newborn baby, who developed whooping cough a week before she was old enough to get the first vaccination against the disease. Multiple times a day, Harman watches as Sissarina’s heart rate drops and she fights to breathe as nurses fill the room and hook up oxygen tubes or a mask to help the baby breathe.

Whooping Cough Still plaguing infants — Daily Harold

Community health center seeing mostly good results from move

The new Mountainlands Community Health Center is a hop, skip and 1.5-mile jump from the old clinic site.

It’s now been at its new home on south State Street for almost two months, and the clinic is reveling in all of the extra space it has to treat people and the resources it has to offer.

Now it needs more people.

“We do have room in our schedules where we have not in the past, and we’re trying to fill those up with anybody as best as we can,” said executive director Todd Bailey.

It’s not that they’re not treating people already; the clinic, which is geared mostly toward people without health insurance, has about 12,000 patients annually. About 13 percent of the clients have insurance and about 76 percent are Hispanic.

Community health center seeing mostly good results from move — Daily Harold

Health Care Reform and Low-Income Americans

Earlier this week, in one of the most sweeping pieces of social legislation in decades, the House passed a health care reform bill that will make some big changes to our current system. Much of the bill has already been signed into law, while a few remaining changes are likely to be made by the Senate in the weeks to come.

While a lot of attention has been paid to the bill’s politics and its impact on the budget, we at OOTS want to be sure to highlight how the bill affects low-income Americans…

Health Care Reform and Low-Income Americans – Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Provo’s Mountainlands To Get Bigger Quarters

PROVO — Plans for a Utah County Convention Center couldn’t come at a better time for the Mountainlands Community Health Center.

County officials plan to tear down the health facility to make way for a convention center to be built on 200 West between Center Street and 100 North. That’s good news for Lori Wright, development director for the Mountainlands Community Health Center…

Provo’s Mountainlands To Get Bigger Quarters – Deseret News

Hispanics In Utah Less Healthy Than Others In State

Ethnicity isn’t supposed to be a risk factor in one’s health, but recent numbers from the Utah Department of Health indicate the Hispanic population of Utah is at a disadvantage when it comes to being healthy.

Cynthia Peñaflor, an intern at the American Red Cross in Provo, wants to do something to change that. She said she’s hoping to give Hispanics more desire to watch out for their own health and skills to help themselves and others…

Hispanics In Utah Less Healthy Than Others In State – The Daily Herald

Mountainlands Health Center Will Have New Home In Mid-2010

New Home for Mountainlands

New Home for Mountainlands

The Mountainlands Community Health Center in Provo Wednesday, July 8, 2009. The Mountainlands clinic will be moving because of construction of a new convention center downtown.

Mountainlands Health Center Will Have New Home In Mid-2010 – The Daily Herald

Low-Income Serving Doctors On Health Care Reform

Speaking at the American Medical Association’s annual conference in Chicago this week, President Obama outlined his plan to reform the nation’s health care system. The president’s pitch was met with mixed reaction, particularly on the point of a public health insurance option. A group of physicians advocating for health care in low-income and minority communities explain how their communities could benefit from a public insurance plan…

Low-Income Serving Doctors On Health Care Reform – NPR

People Matter, Not Insurance

The friendly receptionist with strawberry blond hair and freckles gives the patients at the desk instructions in Spanish before sending them to fill out some paperwork.

Almost every sign at Mountainlands Community Health Center is posted in both English and Spanish, including the notice above the receptionist’s head: “If you have been waiting for 15 minutes or more, please see the receptionist – Si ha estado por 15 minutos o mas, favor de ver a la receptionista,” and the posters on dental care: “Be good to your teeth – Cuida tus dientes.”…

People Matter, Not Insurance – Daily Universe

Local Groups Fight Local Poverty

At least one local business is doing its part to reduce the negative effects of poverty in Utah Valley.

Like most rural communities, Utah Valley has not escaped the glaring realities of poverty. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 38,825 people in Utah County live in poverty: an estimated 13 percent of the population. One-third of the population is estimated to be medically under-served.

Mountainlands Community Health Center, in Orem, is a non-profit organization that provides health care for low-income families.

The Poverty Resolution League, a division of Utah Issues, is another local, private, non-profit organization that was developed to find long-term solutions to the problems of poverty. PRL is based on the belief that poverty is a community/economic problem that diminishes the quality of life for all Utahns…

Local Groups Fight Local Poverty – Daily Universe