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The Story of Desert Mission
A few words about NOAH
Founded in 1997, Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health – or NOAH – is dedicated to providing healthcare for all. A critical component of the healthcare safety net, NOAH’s overarching goal is to increase the number of children, youth, adults, and families receiving access to healthcare in underserved, low-income communities. We offer easy access to integrated health services providing medical, dental, behavioral health, psychiatry, nutrition, care coordination, and community resource assistance, prevention and health education programs.
Individuals and families find more than medical care when they walk into one NOAH’s nine health centers because NOAH supports the whole person and whole family.
NOAH accepts all patients regardless of their insurance or financial status. Patients will not be denied based on inability to pay. In addition, our community resource department offers enrollment assistance for programs like health insurance, financial assistance, food supplement, and more.
NOAH is committed to transforming the delivery of primary care by strengthening the relationship between our patients and providers and coordinating care with a team that is committed to our patient’s healthcare needs.
Desert Mission beginnings
Desert Mission Health Center was founded in 1927 by people providing care to their families and neighbors in the Sunnyslope neighborhood. That commitment to care for those in need inspired the donations that created the first Desert Mission facility for this neighborhood nearly 100 years ago.
It began as a tuberculosis (TB) clinic during a time when many people were moving to Phoenix as part of their treatment. One patient was Helen Lincoln, wife of John C. Lincoln. They were inspired by the work being done at Desert Mission and continued their support of Desert Mission for the rest of their lives.
When a cure for TB became available in the late 1940s, Desert Mission began to take on a new, more comprehensive role in the community. With support from the Lincoln’s, healthcare in the Sunnyslope community grew, eventually leading to the John C. Lincoln Health Network’s in Central Arizona.
Helen Lincoln continued to visit the Desert Mission Health Center weekly until she passed away in 1993 at age 102.
Desert Mission Health Center moved into its current facility in 2009. Following the 2015 merger of John C. Lincoln Health Network with Scottsdale Healthcare, Desert Mission joined the NOAH family of Federally Qualified Health Centers.