Our mission is to improve access to and coordinate comprehensive healthcare for those in need. Health Access Project (HAP) serves low-income, uninsured residents of Salt Lake County.


Established in 2001, Health Access Project (HAP) is a collaborative community partnership designed to improve access to and coordinate comprehensive healthcare for low-income, uninsured residents of Salt Lake County. HAP was created as part of a joint initiative between Community Health Centers, Inc., the Salt Lake County Health Department, and various healthcare providers in the Salt Lake Valley to address the growing need of access to care for low-income, uninsured individuals and families. Our project serves individuals whose income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, are uninsured, and live in Salt Lake County. HAP operates under the umbrella of Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), a private nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. As such, CHC serves as the fiscal agent for HAP by providing administrative support. A Governance Council of which CHC and other core partners are members, directs HAP. 

Approximately 11% of individuals living in Salt Lake County are uninsured, the majority of which do not have access to affordable health care. When they become ill or are in need of healthcare services, they delay seeking care until their condition has worsened. Many uninsured patients use the Emergency Room as their main source of care, which may increase health care costs for the entire community. Together with community partners, HAP is committed to providing quality health care for those in need.


Leonard Bagalwa, MBA

Project Director

Phone: 801-412-3988

Email: Lbagalwa@healthaccessproject.org


Colby Child

Assistant Director 

Phone: 801-412-3993

Email: Cchild@healthaccessproject.org


Victor Villasmil

Specialty Case Manager & Interpreting Coordinator

Phone: 801-412-3992

Email: vvillasmil@healthaccessproject.org

HAP Staff and Case Managers

Case Management is fundamental to helping our HAP clients know and access our health care system. HAP links each client with a case manager who does the following: Screens patients for various programs and assists them in applying for public health insurance. Schedules healthcare appointments to address client's needs and coordinates follow-up care. Arranges interpreting services for non-English speaking patients. Refers patients to community resources to meet their non-healthcare needs.

Sol Villasenor,

Community Health Worker

Phone: 801-412-3983

Email: svillasenor@healthaccessproject.org


Cristal Hernandez,

Dental Case Manager

Phone: 801-412-3981

Email: chernandez@healthaccessproject.org

Karina Robles,

Certified Application Counselor

Phone: 801-955-2345

Email: kalvarado@healthaccessproject.org


Carmen Bayona,

Certified Application Counselor

Phone: 801-741-4695

Email: cbayona@healthaccessproject.org


Maria Chu,

Health Access Assister & Certified Application Counselor

Phone: 801-412-3987

Email: mchu@healthaccessproject.org


Maria Woffinden,

Primary Care Case manager & Certified Application Counselor

Phone: 801-412-3995

Email: Mwoffinden@healthaccessproject.org 



Nathan Peterson, Community Health Director, Intermountain Healthcare

Kevin Condra, Outreach Bureau Manager, Community Health Division, Salt Lake County Health Department

Gary Edwards, Executive Director, Salt Lake County Health Department

Scott Leckman, MD, Utah Medical Association

Kim Pacheco, Director, Patient Access Services, University of Utah Health

Dexter Pearce, Executive Director, Community Health Centers, Inc.

Paul Sutton, Assistant CFO, St. Mark’s Hospital, MountainStar Healthcare

Jason Worthen, Executive Director, Steward Health Care Network, Health Choice Utah