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When you have a disability, getting your healthcare needs met or finding accessible resources can be overwhelming. Many healthcare systems are hard to navigate, and many providers aren’t trained in how to work with disabilities or have the equipment needed to provide accessible care. That is where the Linkage Project at Take Care Utah comes in. Take Care Utah has expanded its Medicaid enrollment assistance program to include the Linkage Project, which provides linkages to people with disabilities. The Linkage Project can help you get connected to accessible resources within your community to meet your healthcare needs.  

Whatever your healthcare goals are, the Linkage Project at Take Care Utah is there to help you reach them. Whether that is through providing health education to help you develop positive health and wellness behaviors, referring you to a community program that works with people who have similar disabilities, or staying up to date with your preventative healthcare. Our Linkage Coordinators ensure that the linkages that are made for you accept your insurance, or if you’re underinsured or uninsured, are free or on a sliding scale. 

But what is preventive healthcare? Preventive health care are services that screen and identify health issues before symptoms develop. For adults, this typically includes screenings for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The Linkage Project focuses on getting clients connected to medical doctors, dentists, eye care, mental health, assistive technology, and wellness classes, such as how to quit smoking or maintain balanced eating habits. Preventive healthcare can help you live a longer, healthier life. 

The Linkage Project goes beyond healthcare-related services and helps clients establish connections with social determinants of health such as housing, employment, and other social service agencies. Linkage Coordinators can help you set up appointments, fill out paperwork, and get connected to the right resources. When barriers arise, Take Care Utah Linkage Coordinators can help you address them. 

When you maintain your health, you improve your quality of life in many ways. You can prevent chronic diseases, improve your mental health, have a better quality of life, live longer, prevent the spread of diseases, and have more career opportunities. 

If you have an unmet health need, the Linkage Project at Take Care Utah might be for you! To be eligible for the Linkage Project you simply need to be 18 or older, have a disability, and be a current Utah resident. Participants in the program can even earn up to $75!