Flying Samaritans Arizona, Tucson Chapter
University of Arizona Students
Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico Clinic

> Under the auspices of the Tucson Chapter of Flying Samaritans, the undergraduate students of our UA Flying Samaritans organize, manage, and run a monthly medical clinic in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. At these clinics, students take patient histories and vitals, work in the pharmacy, teach health education lessons, and interpret for doctors. Agua Prieta is a border town, adjacent to the Arizona city of Douglas. There is a great need for even the most basic medical and dental services in the area as more than half of the residents do not have any form of state-sponsored healthcare and cannot afford it themselves. This community is ideal for our U of A Flying Samaritans clinic because it is only a couple hours away from Tucson by car.
In addition to planning and running medical clinics in Mexico, our club is very involved in the Tucson community. For example, we help out at the Casa San Juan, a local medical clinic, and we are collecting goods for pregnant women and their children. We also participate in the El Rio Community Health Center Reach out Read program where we read to children in the pediatric section of the clinic.
The success of our clinics and the impact we are able to make on the health and wellbeing of the patients that we see is contingent on us having the proper medical, dental, and pharmaceutical supplies. In order to obtain these supplies, we rely on fundraising. We have solicited private donations, held bake sales and yard sales, and participated in Spring Fling to gather funds.
Students involved in the Flying Samaritans University of Arizona chapter have the opportunity to participate in not only medical clinics in Mexico, but also a myriad of philanthropic events such as Relay for Life and Up ‘til Dawn. It is imperative that individuals involved have the opportunity to participate in many events to increase their involvement and passion for the club. Thus far, the individuals involved always have positive feedback. One of the organization’s members believes that being involved in Flying Samaritans has truly changed her life. From helping underserved communities in Agua Prieta, to participating in philanthropic events like Relay for Life, helping others is the best part of being a part of Flying Samaritans.

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Flying Samaritans Arizona
Tucson Chapter
P.O. Box 40431
Tucson, AZ 85717

Maintained by: Carl Foster
Updated December 30, 2010