"Working at the Arthur Hamilton School’s community clinic has been very rewarding. We have had the incredible opportunity to provide healthcare for those that may otherwise be unable to afford it. The patients within this community are always beaming with gratitude as they leave our doors and it has been such a pleasure serving them." - Kristina Yost, SCNM student
Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary, located in the Murphy School District, is typical of schools in Phoenix’s underprivileged neighborhoods. It serves children and families, many from the nearby housing projects, and almost all with household incomes below the poverty line.
Established in 2002, the SCNM clinic at Hamilton Elementary was one of SCNM’s first naturopathic community clinics. Before the SCNM clinic, Hamilton students were only able to get emergency services. They couldn’t get yearly check-ups and many families would not seek medical care except in the most extreme circumstances.
Now, SCNM student clinicians provide more than 500 patient visits per year to students and their families at the naturopathic clinic. The clinic features five exam rooms, a private teaching room, a medicinary and a waiting room.
The most prevalent concerns patients present include diabetes, obesity, asthma, learning disabilities and ADD.
Listen to a KJZZ story about SCNM’s impact on Hamilton Elementary.