The Idaho Children’s Health project, in partnership with Family Health Services/St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to low income, uninsured and medically uninsured children and their families in rural communities throughout South Central Idaho. The ICHP’s patient population is comprised of low-income, uninsured families during the school year, and expands to include migrant seasonal farm workers during the summer months. Many of these patients have limited access to health care, frequently due to lack of public transportation in the area. In addition to a lack of transportation, many patients, including migrant workers and their families, experience language and cultural barriers to health care.
Serving Communities in Need: The age composition of the ICHP’s patient population is: 25% pediatric (ages 0-11), 13% adolescent (ages 12-18), and 62% adult (18 years of age and older). The gender breakdown is 60% male and 40% female. The demographic breakdown is 44% Hispanic/Latino and 44% Caucasian, with less than 0.5% African American and Asian. Fifty-five percent of ICHP’s patients are uninsured, 33% have Medicaid and 12% have private health insurance.