About the Organization
Desert Senita Community Health Center (DSCHC) has provided services in Ajo for over 50 years, originally as an outpatient clinic for the hospital which closed in 1986 and now as a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC). DSCHC offers a wide array of services, including primary and preventative health care for all lifecycles; dental services; and behavioral health counseling. DSCHC also has an on-site lab, x-ray services, an in-house pharmacy, visiting specialty services such as cardiology, ultrasound, and podiatry, and a variety of case management, education, outreach, and other support services. As the sole provider of health care services, DSCHC has a diverse patient population which includes both year-round and winter residents.
DSCHC is located in the community of Ajo in rural southern Arizona, in the middle of the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Some local items of note include:
? There is little to no pollution or traffic.
? Hiking and nature activities are available in and around the Ajo area at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, nearby Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and other desert areas.
? There are many active civic organizations in Ajo, such as the Ajo Rotary Club, Ajo Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, and the Ajo Lions Club.
? Other local activities include the local county library and its programs, ballet folkorico (Mexican folk dancing) groups, Pima County Parks and Recreation athletic leagues for both youth and adults, and the local International Sonoran Desert Alliance and its business enterprise activities.
? Mexican beaches and resort areas are approximately 2 hours away.
? The Curley School has a local artisan housing project which has involved the historical and functional renovation of the former K - 12 school into living and working spaces for artists, artisans, and crafts-based, imaginative businesses.