SALT LAKE CITY – For the second year in a row, Western Governors University (WGU) has pledged to match up to $50,000 in Intermountain Healthcare employee contributions to the organization’s community health campaign. WGU’s gift will support community-based programs to help prevent opioid misuse, address the social determinants of health, enhance suicide prevention, help address obesity, and help ensure that everyone has equal access to quality healthcare. The campaign, called the I’m IN! Giving Campaign, runs from November 9 to November 20.
“At WGU, we’re committed to changing the lives of others through education, but we know there is so much more to accomplish to make our communities healthier, happier, and more prosperous,” says Jan Jones Schenk, Executive Dean and Senior Vice President of WGU’s College of Health Professions. “Our healthcare providers have given so much over the last several months; we want to honor them by matching their contributions because together, we can do more and go further in healing our communities.”
The nation’s first and largest fully online, competency-based university, WGU is proud to serve more than 127,000 full-time students nationwide, including more than 17,000 in the Intermountain West. WGU, like Intermountain Healthcare, is committed to removing barriers to improve the lives of individuals and their families. At a time when many are facing job loss or other financial and emotional hardships due to COVID-19, Intermountain Healthcare’s community health initiatives are more important than ever to the health and vitality of our local families.
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, including one virtual hospital, and over 160 clinics. Based out of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare serves the people of the intermountain region including Utah, Idaho and Nevada with the help over more than 2,400 physicians. Their mission is Helping People Live the Healthiest Lives Possible® and the Intermountain Community Health arm of the system accomplishes this by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the communities served so they can best bolster the health and well-being in the ways most needed.
To learn more about Intermountain Healthcare’s community health initiatives or the I’m IN! Giving Campaign, please visit https://intermountainhealthcare.org/about/who-we-are/community-benefit/health-initiatives/.