The Southern Arizona Children’s Health Project (SACHP) provides an enhanced medical and dental home to the underserved children and families of the rural US/Mexico borderlands of Cochise County, Arizona (an area equivalent to the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island together). Many children with special health care needs are served in the project, whose diagnoses include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, genetic syndromes, seizure disorders, traumatic injuries and speech/ developmental disorders. The region experiences a myriad of challenges, including poverty, access to pediatric specialty care, absence of public transportation, early school failure, teen pregnancy, a high percentage of fractured families, and severely strained educational and other public resources.
Services are provided through the infrastructure of ChirIcahua Community Health Centers, Inc.’s (CCHCI) community health center model, which includes fixed clinical sites, mobile medical/dental services, community outreach and innovative prevention programs. The methodology of the Pediatric Medical Home provides the backbone of all services.
Serving Communities in Need: The children in families seen at the SACHP live in very rural areas with little access to health care services. Many of them are undocumented and are hesitant to seek treatment due to their residency status. The SACHP provides a safe, welcoming space for children and families to receive the essential health care services they would otherwise forego. Patients are 43% Hispanic, 41% white, 3% Black, and 13% other or unknown race/ethnicity