A number of community health clinics, such as the Imani Clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood (pictured above), are run by UC Davis School of Medicine students, with support from physician volunteers and UC Davis undergraduates. (Jose Luis Villegas/UC Davis Health System photo)
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UC DAVIS STUDENT-RUN CLINICS
UC Davis School of Medicine students run six different community health clinics on weekends in Sacramento. Each clinic, in addition to its medical student support, is also staffed by undergraduate volunteers from UC Davis and local doctors who volunteer as preceptors at the sites.
The mission of Bayanihan Clinic is to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive primary care to the underserved Filipino population, particularly World War II veterans and recent immigrants. The clinic also serves the greater uninsured population in Sacramento.
Since 1974, Clinica Tepati has been a non-profit, student-run clinic that provides free primary-health-care services to the uninsured in the Sacramento region. The clinic was founded by a highly motivated group of Chicano/Latino students to address the need for culturally sensitive care for the undeserved population of Sacramento. Today, through the dedication of UC Davis undergraduates, medical students and the generosity of physicians and supporters, it cares for more than 1,000 patients each year.
Imani Clinic provides urgent health care and preventive medical services to Oak Park residents each Saturday. The target population is minority communities (particularly for African-Americans). Imani Clinic also conducts community outreach through events such as the annual Ulezi Family Health Faire. This event provides blood pressure screenings, health education, and hosts community-based organizations dedicated to providing education and health information.
The Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic is a student-run clinic that targets intravenous drug users and sex workers in Sacramento. The clinic, run out of Harm Reduction Services of Sacramento, is outfitted with two patient examination rooms and a dispensary. Since most of the patients do not have health insurance, their high risk behavior often lands them in local emergency rooms. The clinic acts as an intervention service, reaching out to patients before their conditions drain limited emergency room resources, pose a public health hazard, or become fatal.
The Paul Hom Asian Clinic is a free, student-run clinic that operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and is staffed by UC Davis undergraduate patient advocates, medical students, and attending physicians from throughout the Sacramento community. On Saturdays, the clinic offers interpreting services in Cantonese, Mandarin and Taishanese-speaking patients.
This student-run clinic, dependent on medical students and volunteer physicians from Sacramento and Davis, serves a diverse population of disadvantaged patients every Sunday. Many of the patients seen have no form of health insurance or have difficulty obtaining healthcare due to language or cultural barriers. Shifa Clinic specializes in serving Middle Eastern and East Indian communities, providing language services in Urdu, Arabic, Hindi and Farsi.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Through a lottery, a group of UC Davis School of Medicine's second-year medical students is chosen to volunteer in this clinic as part of their medical school training. Ten UC Davis medical students serve the clinic every week for a year (including exam weeks and vacations), to experience continuity of care and long-term patient-doctor relationships. Medical students interview the patients, perform physical exams and order laboratory tests under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians.
Now in its 16th year, this program arranges for employees to volunteer their time and expertise at community events as representatives of the health system. Members align their interests and skills with community events that the health system sponsors or participates in to offer services such as cholesterol and blood pressure testing, breast and prostate cancer awareness, diabetes prevention information, nutritional counseling, first aid, and direction and registration booth staffing. The volunteer group has helped at the Olympic Track and Field Trials, Black Expo, UC Davis Picnic Day and the Oak Park Health Fair, among other events.