For more than 45 years, UC Davis School of Medicine students have operated clinics in inner city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free and convenient care to uninsured, low-income and other medically underserved populations.
The clinics also give UC Davis medical, nursing and undergraduate students direct experiences in patient care and community medicine under the direction of licensed physicians. For second-year student Kimberly Ngo, whose parents are Vietnamese refugees, the opportunity to serve her community drew her to medicine and UC Davis.
“We are the only option for culturally and linguistically competent care for many patients, and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Ngo, co-director of the Paul Hom Asian Clinic.
For nearly 6,000 people each year, the clinics offer most primary health care services ― from physicals to vaccinations to diabetes management. Larger clinics also offer specialty services such as dermatology, ophthalmology, podiatry and psychiatry.
“We are the only option for culturally and linguistically competent care for many patients, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
— Kimberly Ngo, co-director of the Paul Hom Asian Clinic
The first clinic launched in 1972. Today, there are seven:
Bayanihan Clinic, serving the Filipino community
Clinica Tepatí, serving the Latino community
Imani Clinic, serving the African American community
Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, serving IV drug users and sex workers
Paul Hom Asian Clinic, serving the Asian community
Shifa Clinic, serving the South Asian and Muslim communities
Willow Clinic, serving the homeless
Satellite clinics also provide health services to the Vietnamese community, the Hmong community, the rural community of Knights Landing and the LGBTQQI community.
While each focuses on a particular patient population, all are available to anyone who needs care. And, Ngo said, they are always open to welcoming new physician volunteers from throughout the region.
Details about each of the clinics, including locations and schedules, are online.