In keeping with our mission and dedication to the ideal that everyone deserves high-quality healthcare, Sonoran empowers individuals and communities to achieve optimal health. Sonoran demonstrates this commitment to community engagement and support through its community clinics, requiring a minimum number of student community service hours, and offering quality community education programming.
Students are required to perform at least 45 hours of community service prior to graduation, although many significantly exceed this number. Students travel to various domestic or international sites and can spend their quarterly breaks in service to others, providing health services, volunteering, speaking and learning about the complex health challenges facing our world.
Service to others, especially those in need, is one of the most fulfilling aspects of life. This is strongly reflected in the Sonoran’s efforts to provide the underserved people of Arizona with quality natural and conventional healthcare. Patients include families in low-income school districts, survivors of domestic violence, women and children recovering from homelessness and trauma, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and patients recovering from substance use. The patients of today will help you gain valuable experience that you will use to assist the patients of tomorrow.
Our commitment to providing free naturopathic health care to the medically underserved started over years ago when we opened our first community clinic at Hamilton Elementary School. Since then, we’ve opened more clinics around the Valley and are currently providing thousands of free patient visits annually to those who wouldn’t have access to health care otherwise. Our student rotations at the clinics see patients under the supervision of a physician to gain skills and experience in the community health care environment. Sonoran can provide acupuncture, lab testing, nutritional products, and much more free of charge to patients thanks to generous donations through Sage Foundation for Health.