Photo of Dr. Chen and Dr. Jan AANCART principle investigator Dr. Moon Chen and Dr. Ronald Jan, medical director of the student-run Paul Hom Asian Clinic, enjoy the evening festivities.

The 28th Annual UC Davis Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit raised $25,000 to support UC Davis student-run clinics, which provide free health care to underserved communities in the greater Sacramento area.

At these clinics, UC Davis medical students and undergraduates, along with physician volunteers, provide health care to Sacramento's underserved population. For the uninsured, these clinics may be their only access to health care. Clinic services focus on primary care, including diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension, preventive education, and women's health services.

UC Davis medical students and physicians make significant contributions to the health of these populations in the Sacramento area through their volunteer efforts at the 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 model partnerships between an academic medical center and the community.

The clinics supported by the auction and winetasting benefit are as follows:

  • The Paul Hom Asian Clinic, 600 Broadway, Sacramento, was established in 1971 and is the oldest Asian health clinic in the United States. It provides basic health-care services to the Sacramento Chinese community, but welcomes patients of all ages and backgrounds. 

  • The Shifa Clinic was started in 1994 when, in collaboration with the V Street Mosque of Sacramento, two physicians began seeing underserved patients living in the surrounding Muslim Community once or twice a month from a donated apartment. The physicians provided basic health-care services every other week. Initially, they worked with limited resources and staff. As news of the clinic spread through the community, donations were obtainhed to improve clinical services. The clinic transformed from a small apartment to a well-equipped facility with a waiting room, an intake area, phramacy cabinets and two examination rooms. In June 2001, Shifa affiliated with the UCD School of Medicine under the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, offering learning and teaching opportunities to all UCD undergraduates and medical students. Shifa Clinic now serves a diverse population of disadvantaged patients every Sunday — those who have no form of health insurance or have difficulty obtaining healthcare in the traditional health system due to language or cultural barriers.

  • Clinica Tepati, 1500 C St., Sacramento, was established in 1974 and meets the needs of the medically indigent, providing culturally sensitive care to the underserved Latino population of Sacramento. 

  • The Imani Clinic, 3415 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite A, Sacramento, is dedicated to improving medical outcomes among members of Sacramento's African American community, especially addressing the staggering and persistent morbidity and mortality rates from hypertension, heart disease, cancer and inadequate prenatal care. 

  • The Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, targets intravenous drug users and sex workers in Sacramento. The clinic, run out of a 45-foot RV, is outfitted with two patient examination rooms and a dispensary. Because most of the patients seen at JVMC do not have health insurance, their high-risk behavior often lands them in local emergency rooms. JVMC acts as an intervention service, reaching out to patients before their conditions drain limited ER resources, pose a public health hazard, or become fatal to the patient. 

  • The Bayanihan Clinic, 923 V St., Sacramento, provides culturally and linguistically appropriate medical care to Filipino World War II veterans in Sacramento County. Over the past several years, the Bayanihan Cinic has evolved to be a center of culturally sensitive, free medical care to an extraordinarily diverse population of under-insured and underserved individuals in Sacramento County and beyond. 

  • The Willow Project, at the Salvation Army, North B Street, Sacramento, provides health-care screening and services to the homeless population of downtown Sacramento. The clinic is held bimonthly, on every other Saturday. As a result of Willow's dedication to the homeless, the Salvation Army has included Willow in its renovation plans and dedicated two separate rooms solely for patient care and clinical operations.