SCNM Sage Foundation provides funding to six community clinics throughout Maricopa County which are staffed with licensed faculty physicians and third- and fourth-year medical students from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM). Patients include children in impoverished school districts, domestic violence survivors, women and children recovering from homelessness and trauma, individuals coping with HIV/AIDS and patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Student physicians treat chronic and acute health conditions by working with the patients to restore health and improve self-care choices through daily diet, exercise, and stress reduction treatment plans. These shifts give students a unique opportunity to provide treatment and gain skills and experience in a community healthcare setting and enhance their cultural competence working with a diverse patient population. Treatments often include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and prescription medicines when necessary.
Thanks to generous community support, services and treatments are provided to patients at little to no cost.
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