Pay the salary of a University of Utah Health resident psychiatrist for one-half day per week for five months beginning in the summer of 2023 at the Pocatello Free Clinic (PFC) to provide psychiatric care for uninsured patients with emphasis on refugee and immigrant mental health in Pocatello, at a cost of $1,000 per month. Partners in the clinic include the University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Institute, Idaho State University, and BRIDGES Idaho refugee support organization. This project is a professional expansion of Pocatello Free Clinic services and partnerships. Rotarians will be involved by promoting the project and working locally to build additional support and collaboration for it going forward. A promotion flyer is in the documents section.
Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)
Rotarians from all three Pocatello Rotary Clubs support the Free Clinic in various ways and have regularly raised fund to assist. The clinic depends on volunteer professionals and donations.
Pocatello Centennial Rotarian participation:
Three and spouses serve or have served on the Free Clinic Board of Directors.
5 form the Clinic Psychiatrist project steering group. They facilitate coordination between the Free Clinic, the Resident Psychiatrist, Idaho State University, University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Center, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and local/state healthcare supporting foundations for sustainability. They will design community media that will raise awareness of yet another Rotary project in greater Pocatello.
1 and spouse lead BRIDGES Idaho refugee support organization which will identify refugees in need of clinical help and is funding this project with $2,000.
1 directs Aid for Friends Homeless Shelter and will make connections for indigent people needing clinical services.
1 is Executive Director of the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce who will assist businesses with clinic support and networking for needy clients, particularly immigrants in our community.
1 is an elected Pocatello City Council member who will provide liaison with city organizations such as the Human Resources Advisory Committee and others.
1 is an elected School District 25 trustee who will assist in connecting needy students and parents with the Free Clinic.
1 is on the boards of Health West and the Portneuf Health Trust which will provide more liaison with indigent people
5 are faculty or staff at Idaho State University who will assist with support and connection to needy students or their families, particularly refugees and immigrants.
All Rotarians participate in fundraising activities that have and will provide the club share of the project for 2023-24 and future years.