Learn more about Desert Senita’s Outreach Services

Our Outreach Services

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.

WIC Nutrition Program

At Desert Senita, we will help you apply for WIC benefits. To learn more about the WIC Program, visit this link.

What does WIC provide?

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Supplemental foods
  • Referrals to health care and other social services

Who is WIC for?

  • Infants
  • Children up to five years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women, until their infants first birthday
  • Postpartum women with babies up to six months of age

Who can ask for WIC?

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.

What type of documents or information will I need to bring with me to my appointment?

The documents you will need to bring, include:

  • Everyone who will be enrolling into the WIC program
  • Your driver’s license or other picture ID
  • Proof of address such as an electric bill
  • Proof of income such as a pay stub or letter from AHCCCS or Food Stamps that qualify you for their program

Healthy Steps

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  or by calling our HealthySteps Specialist at (520)387-5651 ext 3352.

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We are here for you every step of the way, including offering financial assistance.

Desert Senita Community Health Center offers various services to its community even if you are uninsured or underinsured.  We offer eligibility assistance for programs that may help reduce the costs of these services.

Learn more about eligibility here

Community Outreach

Edible Ajo School Yard

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 the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, as they offer great support and education to the students!   

Bike Ajo

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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Desert Senita Community Events

Health Fair- Last Saturday in January – January 25, 2020
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 –  November

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Questions? Call us!

(520) 387-5651

Proud Partners

Desert Senita Community Health Center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Desert Senita Community Health Center sites are Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deemed facilities.

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