The Phoenix Children’s Health Project (PCHP), aka the Crews ‘n Healthmobile, is based out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the largest free-standing children’s hospitals in the U.S. Together with partners UMOM New Day Center and Healthcare for the Homeless, the PCHP provides comprehensive services to homeless, runaway, throwaway and at-risk youth twenty-four years of age and under in the urban communities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona. Currently, thousands of youth live on the streets of Phoenix, many in desperate need of medical treatment. Most face substantially increased risk of illness, injury and depression due to the hardships they face living on the street. Most lack health insurance and have significant psychosocial barriers to accessing appropriate health care.
Conditions frequently treated by the PCHP include acute illnesses such as respiratory and ear infections, skin and eye disorders, asthma, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, trauma and mental health issues. By bringing comprehensive primary care directly to at-risk youth, the Phoenix Children’s Health Project is able to provide an accessible, enhanced medical home to an extremely vulnerable population.