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UC Davis medical students and physicians make significant contributions to the health of underserved populations in the Sacramento area through their volunteer efforts at several community clinics. These clinics train students in delivering primary care services while simultaneously improving access to care in underserved communities. The programs have been recognized nationally as an exemplary partnership between an academic medical center and the community. Medical students, typically in their first or second year, and undergraduates who staff the clinics receive course credit. At least one volunteer licensed physician supervises the students. Undergraduate students act as interpreters, patient advocates, receptionists, and lab workers. Many undergraduate student volunteers are planning for careers in health care. Volunteering in the clinics provides an early opportunity for hands-on training that would otherwise not be available to them. For medical students, volunteering at these clinics keeps them grounded as to why they decided to pursue careers in medicine in the first place. Many students who serve in the community clinics choose primary care specialties when entering residency training.

 These clinics survive because of student dedication.  85 percent of UC Davis medical students volunteer at the student clinics during their years at the medical school.The clinics are an integral part of the first two years' curriculum at UC Davis School of Medicine

For more than 35 years, UC Davis has been operating student-run clinics in the inner-city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free health care to uninsured, low-income and other underserved populations.  Operating on weekends, UC Davis' student-run clinics serve several distinct groups of patients, providing them culturally sensitive health care in a respectful and comfortable environment.  The clinics offer thousands of people what is often their only access to health care.  The program also gives medical students and undergraduates hands-on experience and to learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of patient care and community medicine.

 Services include:

  • Prenatal and well baby/child examinations
  • Immunizations and physical exams for school-age children
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension
  • Pregnancy testing and other women's health services
  • Preventative health-care education
  • Flu shots



Paul Hom Asian Clinic | Commitment to the Asian community
For the Asian and Pacific Islander community, the Paul Hom clinic provides primary and acute care services. Founded in 1972, it is the oldest Asian health clinic in the United States. More than 50 medical and undergraduate students and more than 40 physicians volunteer at this clinic on an annual basis.

Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6341 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 736-3966



Clinica Tepatí | Primary care services for the Latino community
Clinica Tepati got its start in 1974, with a focus on serving downtown Sacramento’s Hispanic population. Operating out of space donated by WellSpace Health, the clinic’s Spanish translation services allow volunteers to communicate effectively and provide care for more than 1,000 uninsured patients of all ages each year.

Clinica Tepati
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to closing
1820 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 325-5556



Imani Clinic | Healing begins with faith
Imani is a Swahili word meaning faith and it symbolizes the hope students wish to foster within the African-American community. The clinic was established in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento in 1994 after students became concerned about the staggering and persistent morbidity and mortality rates among African-Americans from hypertension, heart disease, cancer and inadequate prenatal care.

Imani Clinic
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to  1 p.m.
Oak Park Community Center
3415 Martin Luther King Blvd., 
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 475-9582


  
Shifa Clinic | Culturally sensitive care for an ethnically diverse community
Shifa Clinic strives to understand, serve, and promote the health and wellness needs of a multilingual, ethnically diverse community. Adjacent to a mosque in downtown Sacramento, the clinic primarily serves patients from the South Asian and Muslim communities. It provides interpretive services and hosts specialty clinics such as dermatology, cardiology, women's health and pediatrics.

Shifa Clinic
Sundays: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
419 V Street, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-6008



Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic | Health care for high-risk populations
Sharing space in a small building with Sacramento’s Harm Reduction Services, the Joan Viteri clinic provides unbiased health care to intravenous drug users, sex workers and their families. The clinic works closely with Harm Reduction Services to emphasize prevention and education about infectious diseases and HIV testing, and to provide drug-related medical and social referrals.

Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic
Saturdays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
3647 40th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 456-4849



Bayanihan Clinic | Focused on the needs of the Filipino community
This clinic provides culturally and linguistically appropriate medical care to the underserved Filipino population in Sacramento County, particularly to World War II veterans and recent immigrants. It also has evolved into a center for culturally sensitive care to an extraordinarily diverse community.

Bayanihan Clinic
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – Noon
1281 North Avenue
Sacramento CA, 95838
(916) 833-1112



The Willow Clinic | Serving people without homes
Working out of the Salvation Army facility near downtown Sacramento, the clinic provides health care screening and services to a large, homeless population. The clinic's dedication to the homeless prompted the Salvation Army to include the clinic in its renovation plans, setting aside two separate rooms solely for patient care and clinical operations.

Willow Clinic
Saturdays:8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1200 North B Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 703-9203


 

Partner clinics

VN Cares
UC Davis undergraduates and medical students launched the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research and Education Society (VN CARES) in 2001, which includes preventative cancer screenings for both female and male patients each month.

VN CARES
First Sunday of the month
6341 Folsom Blvd.Sacramento, CA 95819
916-542-2737, clinic@vncares.org


Knight's Landing One-Health Clinic
Established by Clínica Tepati students and Knights Landing residents, the clinic provides linguistically competent and culturally sensitive health care services to the rural underserved, particularly women, adolescents and farmworkers. In partnership with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary services are available at the clinic on the third Sunday of each month.

Knight’s Landing Clinic
First and third Sundays
8 a.m. to closing 9586 Mill Street
Knights Landing, CA 95645
530-421-8061



Hmong Lifting Underserved Barriers (HLUB)
The HLUB Clinic is a student-run free clinic formed to provide free culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services to the Hmong community. We screen for cancers: breast, cervical, colon and prostate in addition to Hepatitis B.

HLUB
Monthly clinic, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5524 Assembly Court
Sacramento, CA 95823
HLUBclinic@gmail.com



Gender Health Clinic
Operating within Sacramento’s Gender Health Center, the clinic helps with care for the LGBTQQI community, with a focus on transgender health. The clinic provides a safe, supportive environment at every stage of the coming out or transition process.

Gender Health Clinic
First and third Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.
2020 29th Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95817
916-455-2391



For more information about the student-run clinics and how you can get involved, please contact:

Ed D. Dagang, Manager
Student-Run Clinics Program
Premedical Advisor
School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 3206
Sacramento, CA 95817

ed.dagang@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 
(916) 734-4106 or (916) 734-4123