A new health center is expected to open in downtown Powell by Sept. 1, according to the Wyoming Primary Care Association.

The community-owned health center will provide primary care and, eventually, dental and behavioral health services.

The Powell Health Care Coalition formed in 2011 and received a state grant to study the health care needs of the area. The group identified as many as 9,000 people who lacked access to primary care, according to coalition director Bill Baker.

The coalition used that information to secure a federal grant to provide start-up capital for the center.

Powell native Dr. Juanita Sapp has been recruited as the center's chief medical officer. She currently works at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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