Welcome to our March newsletter! As we transition from the winter months into the vibrant days of spring, let’s take a moment to reflect on the exciting activities and initiatives our team has been busy with. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been diligently working on various fronts, from initiating our new outreach efforts for Utahs new State CHIP program to planning our mobile mammogram buses and coordinating efforts for Ventanilla de Salud— its a busy season for ACS!

The Importance of Health Insurance

This month, we want to stress how important health insurance is, especially for the Latino community in Utah. We get that figuring out health coverage can be tough, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you through it. Health insurance isn’t just about money—it’s about making sure you can afford healthcare when you need it.

For Latinos in Utah, getting health insurance is super important. Many face challenges like language barriers and not knowing about available resources, which can make it hard to get the care they need. But here’s the good news: Alliance Community Services is here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re worried about affording health insurance, we can help you apply for state and federal programs that offer free or low-cost coverage based on your income and family size. These programs can provide the financial assistance you need to access essential healthcare services without breaking the bank.

And if you don’t qualify for these programs, don’t worry—we’ve still got options for you. We can direct you to private insurance companies where you can create a personalized plan that fits your needs and budget. Whether you qualify for public assistance or need to explore private insurance options, we’re here to make sure you get the coverage you deserve.

So if you’re ready to take control of your health and well-being, let us help you navigate the world of health insurance. We’ll work with you to find the best solution for your unique situation, so you can focus on staying healthy and taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Below is a quick rundown of the different types of free or low-cost health insurance options for Utahns. 

  • Medicaid: A state and federally-funded program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to eligible individuals and families with limited income and resources.
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program): A program that offers low-cost health coverage for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance.
  • State CHIP: A new program in Utah designed to provide health insurance to immigrant children from working families who may not qualify for traditional CHIP or Medicaid due to citizenship status. 

It’s important to note that State CHIP aims to alleviate any concerns regarding immigration status. Enrollment in State CHIP does not impact immigration or citizenship status, and information will not be reported to immigration authorities.

Start your Health Journey with ACS!

This month, we’d like to shine a spotlight on Ventanilla de Salud, a valuable resource for the Latino community located within the Mexican Consulate. Ventanilla de Salud offers basic health screenings and assistance in navigating free or low-cost healthcare resources. Whether you’re seeking preventive care or need guidance on accessing medical services, Ventanilla de Salud is an excellent starting point on your health journey.

Visit the Ventanilla de Salud (regardless of nationallity) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 660 S 200 E UNIT 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Call us for more information here: (801) 521-8502 EXT 132

As we welcome the arrival of spring, our team is gearing up to host and attend various events aimed at connecting you with valuable health and legal services. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming initiatives and opportunities to engage with our community. Remember, Alliance Community Services is here to support you on your path to better health and well-being.

Upcoming Events

Mammogram Mobil Clinic
March 14 (9-4:20 pm), Alliance Community Services 5286 S Commerce Dr. Suite A136, Murray
American Preparatory Academy West Valley 2 Parent Teacher Conference
March 14 (3-7 pm) and March 15 (8-12 pm), 3636 W. 3100 S. West Valley, UT 84120
Spring Health Fair
March 19 and 20 (9-11:30 am), 1600 of the Health and Justice Building in Provo (151 S University Ave, Provo).
UoU Fair: Parkway Health Center
March 23 (9-12 pm), 145 W University Pkwy, Orem
Glendale Middle School: Stress Less Fair
March 28 (5:30-7:30 pm), 1430 West Andrew Ave
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Assistance for health insurance through CHIP and Medicaid: We assist with the application and guide you through the entire eligibleity process, from filling out forms, understanding benefits and obligations, to renewing and maintaining your coverage, as well as navigating the healthcare system.

Navigation for early detection of Breast and Cervical Cancer: We provide essential support, including interpretation and access to free or low-cost vouchers, to ensure that women receive the necessary care and screenings.

Cancer Survivors Support Group “Triunfadoras“: The only Spanish-language support group for cancer survivors in Utah. We offer emotional support, education, and recreational activities that contribute to your well-being.

Ventanilla De Salud: Located within the Consulate of Mexico, this program connects the Hispanic community with various services through partner agencies. It also offers free basic health screenings such as blood sugar, blood pressure, fatty liver disease, body mass index, and blood oxygen levels.

COVID-19: This program provides education, navigation, and access to community services, such as free at-home covid testing, access to flu and COVID-19 vaccines, rental assistance, food banks, mental health services, and more.