Desert Mission Health Center: One-Stop Health Care Makes a Big Impact

By working together in an integrated way, Desert Mission can make the biggest impact on its clients' lives.

Desert Mission Integrated Health Care

One door opens all doors for Desert Mission Health Center clients — low-income uninsured or underinsured families and individuals living in North Phoenix. They can access medical, dental and mental health services at one convenient location at 9201 N. Fifth St. in Phoenix.

The community services arm of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, Desert Mission has served North Phoenix since 1927.

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"By working together in an integrated way, Desert Mission can make the biggest impact on its clients' lives," said Cindy Hallman, Community Services vice president. "Families and individuals don't have to travel to have their basic health care needs met in a bilingual/bicultural environment."

Health Center clients also can access other nearby Desert Mission services, such as the food bank, accredited child care center, resource coordination and help with determining eligibility for public subsidies.

Targeted Goals

Desert Mission's goal with its integrated care model in 2013 is to provide excellent:

Primary health care to 1,800 children and their families. More than half of Desert Mission patients are uninsured and cannot afford the cost of care. A partnership with John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital links patients to lab work, imaging and emergency and specialty care.

Low-cost dental care to 1,500 children ages one through 20. This includes preventive care as well as treatment. The dental staff also reaches out to nearly 10,000 children per year in local schools, providing free dental screenings. Children with dental disease are referred for care; approximately 30 percent seek it at Desert Mission.

Behavioral health counseling to 200 families in crisis. Licensed counselors help families set goals to improve their day-to-day functioning. Staff also reach out to 150 children through school-based group sessions, offering coping skills for anger, conflict and grief.

By opening one door, many Desert Mission clients have discovered additional resources to help them pursue self-sufficiency and success in life.

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