Urban Health Care

Good health oftentimes dictates quality of life. If you’re healthy, generally speaking, you’re happy. People strive to be healthy and have health care at the tips of their fingers. Therefore, health care accessibility is arguably one of the most important aspects of a city’s infrastructure.

Accessible healthcare is essential to the health of downtown Phoenix.

Accessible health care is essential to the health of downtown Phoenix.

Given this, where does downtown Phoenix stand in terms of health care accessibility?

Unfortunately, health care accessibility isn’t really where it should be in downtown Phoenix. It’s not the biggest metropolis in the country, but compared to other urban areas, downtown Phoenix has limited health care options for its residents.

Even though health care accessibility isn’t a strong point for downtown Phoenix, there are venues that serve the downtown community, and do it quite well.

Cigna Medical Group CareToday clinics are a great alternative to the traditional doctor’s office visit. Located conveniently off of Central and Adams in downtown Phoenix, CMG CareToday never requires an appointment or insurance to receive medical attention. With shorter wait times and cheaper cost than a traditional clinic, one would think that the range of care would be limited — but it’s not. CMG CareToday can see children as young as six months old and has a highly trained staff of medical professionals.

Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) is located off of 12th Avenue and Madison and is a place where the homeless community of downtown Phoenix can go to receive the health care they need. They offer primary care, mental health services, substance abuse services, case management and nutrition services and serve residents of all major shelters in the downtown Phoenix area.

Our very own nursing building, ASU Health Services Downtown NP Healthcare, offers quite an array of medical services for downtown Phoenix residents and ASU students alike. They offer a discount to uninsured individuals who aren’t students. If you are an uninsured student, the ASU Bridge Program and Aetna student health insurance are options the clinic can provide. Service areas include physical exam rooms, a procedure room, mental health consultation rooms and research/student education spaces.

So why is urban health care so important? I mean, is health care accessibility in urban areas really that important?

Daniella Campas, a pre-med student at the ASU Downtown campus, thinks urban health care is vital to the success of the downtown Phoenix community.

“I think it should be more accessible for the individuals who don’t have the capability of acquiring the right medical attention they need. Especially in the downtown Phoenix area, there are a lot of citizens who need medical attention and need to be able to access it. Making it so that in urban areas people can get the right attention needed. This could help countless lives and benefit them greatly.”

Sara Perry, a pre-med student at the Downtown campus as well, agrees that urban health care is a necessary component to a metropolis like downtown Phoenix.

“Urban health care is very important. There aren’t a lot of places people can go to receive help if they don’t have insurance. So health clinics really help out when people need medical attention.”

It’s encouraging to know that the future providers of health care, like these pre-med students, believe that urban health care is a cornerstone to building a vibrant downtown community. Maybe with this kind of initiative, urban health care will find a larger home in downtown Phoenix.

Well, folks, as you can see, the demand for urban health care is definitely there — it’s just a matter of figuring out how to make it more readily available.

Cheers to a healthier downtown Phoenix community! Stay healthy, my friends.