Free healthcare for Tempe school kids and families
June 6, 2023
Sonoran University of Health Sciences will be providing free health care to the 11,000 children and their families from Tempe Elementary School District. This will be the university’s first community clinic serving the city of Tempe. The organizations are partnering together to provide no-cost checkups for the 22 schools that make-up the Tempe Elementary School District.
Through the program, physicians and residents oversee naturopathic medical students from Sonoran University’s College of Naturopathic Medicine to provide free medical services including wellness exams, physicals and preventative screenings as well as treatments for acute and ongoing health conditions. Naturopathic medicine is preventative care that treats the person as a whole using a variety of prescription and botanical medications.
According to Kayte Nettles, Sonoran University of Health Sciences Director of Development and Alumni Relations, the focus is on the health of the whole person which will be provided at no-cost to students, staff and family members who are a part of the school district.
Sonoran University of Health Sciences is based out of Tempe and wanted to find a way to serve the surrounding community. The goal is to help students and families get care and treatment sooner by giving them easy access to quality care.
“Anytime that you can help a student feel good, they are going to perform better in the classroom,” said Michele Grimaldi, Tempe Elementary School District Wraparound Services Department Director.
The community clinic will be located at the Sonoran University of Health Sciences campus in Tempe and will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to the Tempe Elementary School District community.