Student-run clinic receives grant to continue providing medications
Clinica Tepati, a UC Davis student-run community health clinic that provides free health care, has received a $25,000 grant from the Bustos Lopez Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The Bustos Lopez Family Fund awarded the grant for the purchase of medicine and other pharmaceutical products.
Located at 1500 C St. in Sacramento, Clinica Tepati has provided free primary health-care services to the uninsured population of Sacramento and the surrounding area since 1974. Established as a non-profit clinic by the undergraduates and medical students from UC Davis, the clinic meets the needs of the medically indigent, providing culturally sensitive care to the underserved Latino population of Sacramento.
"This very generous donation comes at a critical time for our clinic and the local, indigent Latino population," said clinic director Nate Hitzeman. "Until now, our funding for medications has been provided by Sacramento County, but this is the last year that the county will be able to do that. Without an alternative source of funds, we would have had to pass the cost of the medications on to our patients, many of whom cannot afford to pay for them."
Using the Bustos Lopez Family Fund donation, the clinic will work with pharmacies of the Target department store chain to obtain low-cost, generic medications.
"These medications will allow us to continue effectively treating the common conditions of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol that we so often encounter in our patient population," said Hitzeman.
Clinica Tepati is one of four UC Davis student-run community clinics that provide free health care to underserved communities in the greater Sacramento area. The others are:
- Paul Hom Asian Clinic, 600 Broadway, Sacramento.
- Imani Clinic, 3415 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento.
- Shifa Community Clinic, 419 V St., Apartment A, Sacramento.
- Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, which operates out of a 45-foot RV and targets intravenous drug users and sex workers in Sacramento.
Different fundraising events to support the clinics are held throughout the year.
The UC Davis chapter of the American Medical Students Association sponsors its annual Wine Tasting Benefit and Art Show, as well as its annual HeartBeat Run/Walk and Health Fair. In addition, a "Spring Break" food and wine benefit is sponsored every year by Serotonin Surge Charities, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that raises money for scholarship funds, breast cancer research, and medical clinics.