HAN member Intermountain Healthcare’s Nick Fritz, impact investing director, co-authored a commentary pointing out that all anchor institutions have a role to play in addressing the economic disparities that cause a wide range of hardships for lower-income families. The health system and Zions Bank are working on statewide initiatives to address inequality and expand opportunity including the creation of the Utah Housing Preservation Fund.
From the commentary:
However, not everybody in Utah has flourished. Many struggle to make ends meet, and the increased cost of living that accompanies growth additionally burdens some. This economic disparity ripples through lives, adversely affecting housing and transportation options, diet, education, access to health and financial services, and ability to participate fully in all that Utah has to offer.