The Foster Health Care Program specializes in providing comprehensive health care services and consultation for youth in foster care and out-of-home placements.

SMC Foster Clinic

Changing Lives…one child at a time.

Youth will receive care by medical providers experienced with the needs of children in foster care including:

  • Health & Well Child Care: mandated well-child evaluation and education
  • Care for children or adolescents when ill or needing medical follow-up
  • Gynecological and reproductive care for teens
  • Care coordination  with case workers, mental health professionals and other specialists as needed

Who is Eligible?

Children 0-21 years of age residing in shelter, kinship, foster care, or other out-of-home placements and those that do not have a primary healthcare provider are eligible.

We provider a medical home for youth in Department of Child and Family Services custody to:

  • Improve outcomes for youth within a system of care familiar with the complex medical emotional, and social needs of these children
  • Provide continuity of healthcare
  • Facilitate coordination of care

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 801-587-2525.

Karen F. Buchi, MD, FAAP

Karen Buchi, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she cares for pediatric patients at South Main Clinic which is a collaboration between the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department that provides care to un... Read More


General Pediatrics


South Main Clinic 801-587-2525

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPHProfessor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, School of MedicineDr. Hobson-Rohrer is a Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She cares for patients and teaches residents and students at South Main Clinic whose mission is: to increase access to... Read More


General Pediatrics


South Main Clinic 801-587-2525

Julie S. Steele, DNP, MN, FNP

Dr. Steele is a Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in community health with underserved populations. Areas of focus include public health, pediatrics, and women’s health care issues. In her clinical specialty, Julie Steele has advocated for children in foster care for over 10 years through her clinical practice and m... Read More


General Pediatrics, Nurse Practitioner


South Main Clinic
Foster Care Clinic
South Main Clinic

South Main Foster Clinic

3690 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Mon through Fri
9 am to 4 pm


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Salt Lake City, UT 84115
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