Building a healthier community
A tour of Clinica Tepati, one of UC Davis’ free, student-run clinics, touched the hearts of Rosalie and Amador Bustos. Located on C Street in Sacramento, the clinic plays a vital role in providing basic medical care to nearly 1,000 patients a year who do not have access to regular health care.
“We were so impressed with the project and with the physicians and students who volunteer weekends to care for underserved and uninsured citizens,” said Rosalie “We wanted to help.”
With a $25,000 grant from the Bustos Lopez Family Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Rosalie and Amador earmarked funds to ensure that Clinica Tepati remains well-stocked with medications and pharmaceuticals.
“These medications are vital,” said Amador. “The expert care given by medical students and physicians must not end with their diagnoses. Medications assist them in providing total care, which leads to recovery and healing.”
"I have faith that with Clinica Tepati and UC Davis’ focus on using telehealth technology to improve access to health care, all Californians will live better lives."
Rosalie and Amador’s gift supports community health and trains future physicians. Medical students, starting in their first year, as well as undergraduates with an interest in health care, work alongside licensed physicians. The students receive course credit and begin learning how to deliver basic primary care services, which range from prenatal and well-baby examinations and pregnancy testing to the diagnosis and treatment of common chronic diseases.
“The program demonstrates that it is possible to deliver basic and preventive care at a low cost,” said Amador. “It also gives the doctors of tomorrow invaluable exposure to various cultures, sensitivities and realities while training with physicians who are committed to caring for these patients.”
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The Bustoses believe that reaching out to underserved communities is vital to removing the barriers that are faced by some patient populations to achieving and maintaining health.
“Clinica Tepati reaches out and helps those in need – Latino, Hmong, African American, women, the disabled and the homeless,” said Rosalie. “These are populations who struggle with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol.
“They need care so they can regain their health and return to society as productive citizens. I have faith that with Clinica Tepati and UC Davis’ focus on using telehealth technology to improve access to health care, all Californians will live better lives.”