Phoenix Children's has developed signature community outreach programs that serve specific populations with serious healthcare needs and limited access to care.
Thousands of youth live on the streets of Phoenix, many in need of medical treatment. They are at an increased risk of illness and injury due to the hardships they face. Most lack health insurance and don't have access to appropriate healthcare. Launched in 2000, the Crews'n Healthmobile — a 38-foot Mobile Medical Unit — brings free, comprehensive care directly to these populations. This mobile medical unit visits drop-in centers serving the homeless, streets where homeless youth gather, shelters and schools that serve vulnerable populations. The Crews'n Healthmobile provides care to youth via 30 half-day clinics each week, from Glendale to Mesa and everywhere in between.
Since 2000, the Phoenix Children's Hospital Breathmobile, a self-contained mobile asthma clinic, has traveled to inner-city schools, providing asthma diagnoses, treatment and education. The Breathmobile visits schools in South Phoenix — areas where children are most likely to be uninsured. The service requires no referral and there is no charge for treatment.
Kohl's Mindful Me
Kohl’s Mindful Me is a school- and community-based program aimed at building childhood and family resilience. The mission of Kohl’s Mindful Me is to support children, families, and communities to achieve their full potential in health and wellness.
Outside of Phoenix Children's, pediatric patients with HIV/AIDS have no other treatment options in Arizona. The Bill Holt Clinic at Phoenix Children's is the only comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic in the state of Arizona, providing care for children and adolescents exposed to or infected with HIV. The clinic, founded in 1994, includes a team of specialists who work together at each patient visit to provide specialized medical care, nutritional support, Child Life services and psychosocial support. The team closely involves families and loved ones to maximize the health of children and adolescents affected by, or infected with, HIV.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Phoenix Children’s serves the Southwest region as an essential provider of pediatric specialty care, but its primary service area is Maricopa County which accounts for 80% of our inpatient discharges. In order to best serve this community, Phoenix Children’s has partnered with the Maricopa County Coordinated Health Needs Assessment (CCHNA), the Health Improvement Partnership of Maricopa County (HIPMC) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to conduct an in-depth health needs assessment of the county.
This report was completed and presented in October, 2019. It serves as one of several approaches the hospital uses to identify and prioritize significant health needs of this community and inform the implementation strategies selected to address them.