El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center DBA El Rio Health

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El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center
DBA El Rio Health

El Rio Broadway Clinic at 1101 E. Broadway is El Rio’s Healthcare for the Homeless clinic and also serves patients with serious mental illnesses. Patients are able to access primary care and needed resources in a convenient and comfortable environment. A clinical staff consisting of 4 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and care coordinators provides the primary medical care. Referrals are made to local behavioral and substance abuse services as needed.

In addition, The El Rio medical outreach teams provide care to people experiencing homelessness in a mobile medical van, the Van of Hope, and at 7 locations across Tucson, including men’s and women’s shelters, churches, and soup kitchens. In 2010, the El Rio medical outreach team provided care to 550 individuals totaling 1060 encounters.


Blood Pressure Monitoring, Case Management/Social Services, Contraceptives (issued w/counseling), Diabetes Testing/Care, Documenting Disability Services, Electronic Medical Records, Flu Vaccinations, Health/Nutritional Education, Immunizations, Labs, Medication Prescribing, Mobile Medical Services, OB/GYN, Outreach, Physical Exams, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Shelter outreach, TB screening/education, Tobacco cessation.


Enrollment in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Medicaid) is provided by Continuity of Care Coordinators onsite. Emergency care and hospitalization are available at local hospitals throughout town, but primarily at St. Mary’s Hospital. Dental services are provided by El Rio Dental clinicians. Referrals are made to the local regional behavioral health authority, CPSA. The project staff also participates in semi-annual events in Pima County like the Veteran’s Stand Down, HOPEFest, and Tucson Homeless Connect, providing blood pressure and glucose screenings to attendees. El Rio is a member of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, and part of the 51 Homes Campaign, a collaborative, community effort to house the most medically-vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Tucson area. 51homes is the local chapter of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign that is lead by Community Solutions of New York.


Estimated homeless population: 7,300

Patients served: 3,870


COPE Behavioral Services

82 South Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85704


Pat Benchik


(520) 792-3293

General Info

Executive Director/CEO

Nancy Johnson

Medical Director

Douglas Spegman

UDS Number


Contact Info

Phone Number

(520) 670-3909

Fax Number

(520) 624-5352






Physical Address

1230 S Cherrybell Stravenue 
Tucson, AZ 85713

Mailing Address

839 West Congress
Tucson, AZ 85745

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