In additional to the variety of medical, dental, and behavioral health services provided, Desert Senita realizes that patient education and empowerment are an important part of a patient’s care and potential well-being. We provide a number of education and outreach programs and services, including those listed below.
At Desert Senita, we will help you apply for WIC benefits. To learn more about the WIC Program, visit this link.
Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents who care for children under five years of age can get services from WIC. Simply call (520) 387-5651 Ext. 5594 and a staff member will talk to you on how you can qualify.
The documents you will need to bring, include:
HealthySteps is a unique, evidence-based pediatric primary care program committed to healthy early childhood development and effective parenting so that all children are ready for kindergarten and success in life.
We are here to support you in your child’s development. Our Healthy Steps Specialists are experts in child development, behavior, early learning, parenting and many other topics. We can give you information based on years and years of research on infants and toddlers. The program is open to all children from birth to five years of age. We do home or office visits and are present at clinic well child visits. Learn more about the HealthySteps Program, by clicking here.
Join us for Story Time at the Salazar-Ajo Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 am each week!
We are here for you every step of the way, including offering financial assistance.
School Gardening Program at Ajo Unified School District and Certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Our EASY Program started in 2008 by Fran Driver, Public Health Nurse for Pima County Health Department, in 2011 Desert Senita Community Health Center took ownership and later received a STEM grant to provide training from the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkley, California.
Today, we are on campus twice a week, as part of a regular specials class with the students in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. We work with the students and provide them with hands on gardening skills, nutrition education, and science based lessons.
We also partner with other community organizations such as Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, as they offer great support and education to the students!
Bike Ajo is a coalition that was formed through Plan4Health, An American Planning Association Project. As a community, we are working to improve access to opportunities for physical activity by creating a sustainable cycling hub that provides education on bicycle safety for recreation and transportation; trains local community members on bicycle repair, provides resources for bicycle repair and maintenance, certifies community members as League-Certified Cycling Instructors, and builds health-based partnerships with local Ajo organizations. Through building this capacity in the local community in a sustainable way, Ajo will be able to leverage this capacity to create economic growth through cycling, and we will create a replicable model for other rural communities interested in embracing cycling for transportation, recreation, and as an economic driver.
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Health Fair- Last Saturday in January
National Women’s Health Week – May
National Men’s Health Week – June
National Health Center Week – August
Family Fun Fall Festival -2nd Saturday in October
Bike and Hike at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – 2nd Saturday in November
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