Commitment to Community: The SCNM Sage Foundation and the generosity of donors gives healthcare access to those most in need

Service to others, especially those in need, is one of the most fulfilling aspects of life. This is strongly reflected in the SCNM Sage Foundation‘s mission “To provide the unserved, underserved and indigent people of Arizona with quality natural and conventional healthcare.”

Founded in 2002 by Dr. Klee Bethel and Dr. Paul Mittman, the SCNM Sage Foundation has grown thanks to the generous support of the community.

Dr. Bethel’s inspiration for creating the SCNM Sage Foundation was born out of his frustration with patients not having the resources to seek alternative therapies. Today, the SCNM Sage Foundation has exceeded his initial expectations, providing over 10,000 patient visits per year. Dr. Mittman, President & CEO of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) and an SCNM Sage Foundation board member, sums up the mission nicely: “Everyone deserves quality healthcare.”

Patients seen at the community clinics often include those dealing with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, children and families living in poverty and those struggling with addiction. In the true spirit of a healer, Dr. Bethel states “There is no judgement. Everybody is a person with a problem and we are just there to help.” While some clinics such as Roosevelt Health Center provide general primary and preventative care, others such as World Addiction Health Institute focus on more specific conditions such as drug and alcohol abuse. The diversity of care offered allows the SCNM Sage Foundation to reach a wide variety of people in need.

The clinics of the SCNM Sage Foundation provide SCNM students the experience of working with diverse patient populations. The patients of today are helping the students gain valuable experience that they can use to assist the patients of tomorrow. Continued support from the community makes it possible to continue providing this valuable care to the underserved.

A gift to the SCNM Sage Foundation is eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, allowing donors to receive a credit on their Arizona tax liability with the assurance that their funds are being used to help those in need in Maricopa County. Support has been rapidly expanding, with a 300% increase in 2016, and we want as many people to get involved as possible. Dr. Mittman states, “We intend to be the catalyst that helps the overall health of the community.”

SCNM’s simple desire to provide alternative care to those in need has grown into an excellent organization that truly helps everyone in our local community.