UC Davis Wine Tasting Benefit & Auction
While we will not be hosting our annual in-person benefit this year, our clinic teams are working hard to support community health during this time. Donations are deeply appreciated and are used to provide clinical space, medical equipment, PPE, pharmacy services, and much more.
About Our Cause
For more than 35 years, UC Davis has been operating student-run clinics in 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 the opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of patient care and community medicine.
Free services provided include:
Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension
Women's health services including mammograms, contraception, and cancer screening
Preventative health-care education
Alzheimer's Support Group
Specialty clinics: dermatology, legal clinic, dental clinic
There are 12 student-run clinics that serve the diverse population of Sacramento:
Nadezhda Clinic: Providing care to the Slavic and Russian-speaking community
Paul Hom Asian Clinic: Providing care to the Asian community
Clinica Tepati: Providing care to the Latinx community
Imani Clinic: Providing care to the Black community
Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic: Providing care to the Oak Park community, with a focus on harm reduction strategies.
Bayanihan Clinic: Providing care to the Filipino and immigrant community
The Willow Clinic: Providing care to the homeless community
VN Cares: Providing care to the Vietnamese community
Knight's Landing Center: Providing care to the rural community
Gender Health Clinic: Providing care to the LGBTQIA +community, with a focus on transgender health
HLUB: Providing care to the Hmong community
Supporting Communities through COVID-19
"In March 2020, when most of the world as we know it had come to a stand-still, with quarantine guidelines and businesses being closed, the question of how we would continue to serve our patients was at the forefront of my mind (like many of my classmates). I can remember asking our medical student clinic manager how we could continue to provide care to our patients at Bayanihan Student-Run Clinic. Many of our patients seek us out for primary care services and managing their chronic conditions. Since March, our team at Bayanihan has worked collaboratively with our sister student-run clinics here at UC Davis SOM to make telehealth a reality. It took around 3 months to pilot our telehealth services and create a framework of how our student-run clinic days would now run virtually. Switching over to telehealth has had its challenges (technology barriers, navigating platforms, and lack of physical interaction) - an essential part of medicine. However, given the circumstances, telehealth has proven to be a true asset in this unique time. As for our clinic, we continued to serve close to our capacity compared to when we were serving patients in the clinic. Our specialty services such as Wellness clinic (our mental health services), Diabetes Empowerment Program, and Social Services continued to flourish and at times made it more accessible to patients given the virtual platform. Bayanihan Clinic was a constant when the pandemic had so many unknowing moments. It was absolutely fulfilling to continue to be able to provide health services to patients during this time."
UC Davis Student-Run Pilot Clinic
The UC Davis-affiliated student-run clinics have re-opened to patients.
COVID-19 had forced their closure for about five months, but a student-driven effort aimed at resuming the much-needed patient-care services resulted in new safety protocols under a pilot program that consolidates the clinics at a central location.
Students began caring for patients last weekend at Shifa Clinic near downtown Sacramento.
“It’s so great to be back,” said Desiree Rafizadeh, a senior at UC Davis who is among the regular volunteers at Shifa, which serves a diverse, uninsured population including South Asians and Muslims. “For a lot of our patients, this is their only chance of getting health care, so being here and having the clinic open and being able to see these patients is really rewarding, especially during this difficult time.”
Shifa and the 11 other student-run clinics were shuttered for safety reasons between late winter and early spring, as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading rapidly in and around Sacramento.
The goal of the pilot is to open a single clinic location slowly and safely to treat patients who need to be seen in person. If all goes well, more clinics could re-open using the same safety protocols, said Amy Jouan, director of student and administrative services in the Office of Medical Education at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
The clinics have long been a lifeline for immigrants, refugees and anyone who doesn’t have health insurance.
“When the shutdown happened, a lot of our patients were at a huge disadvantage, and the fact that COVID-19 was hitting marginalized communities even more put them at a further disadvantage,” UC Davis medical student Mustafa Shakir recalled. “Now these people can’t get care anywhere, and the only source of their care just got shut down.”
The clinics eventually turned to telehealth appointments for patients who had access to the video technology.
But a group of student leaders grew concerned that many patients were being left out.
Students take the lead in re-opening effort
“What we wanted to do is provide care to people who don’t have the access to those technologies that make telemedicine successful, which is a large population of the patients that we see,” said Joshua Campista, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Campista, Shakir and two other colleagues – Neha Mannikar and Omar Escobedo, all four of whom are affiliated with Clinica Tepati, which serves mostly Latinos – immersed themselves in learning about coronavirus and brainstormed ideas on what it would take to re-open.
They decided it would be safest if all patients and student volunteers converged at a single clinic.
Shifa was the logical choice to reopen during a pandemic because the converted apartment on V Street is owned by the student-run clinic organization, which allows for greater flexibility when dealing with logistical matters.
The group of student leaders took the initiative to develop a protocol based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and UC Davis Health.
They compiled a proposal and presented it to the inter-clinic committee, which is the organizational body of the student-run clinics. The committee agreed with the protocol, which included mandatory face coverings and temperature screenings of all volunteers, patients and professional medical staff.
Next, they shared the plan with the clinic’s medical directors, then the School of Medicine leadership, which gave approval.
Finally, another medical student leader, Armand Garewal, a liaison between Shifa and the committee, helped with last-minute preparations to ensure a smooth opening.
Five months of work comes to fruition
On Saturday morning, shortly before sunrise, Shakir inserted the key into the front door of Shifa and re-opened the clinic. He walked into the waiting room, where chairs were covered with a thin layer of dust, to begin preparations for the first of six patients.
“Today is the product of five months of work. It’s kind of been crazy,” Shakir said, admitting he had “butterflies” because he hadn’t treated a patient since around March.
Physicians interested in volunteering as preceptors for student run clinics should contact Mustafa Shakir.
Campista, speaking through a blue UC Davis Health mask, expressed the importance of the clinic re-opening.
“One thing that flies under the radar is that these are real clinics. These are real patients. These are real community members. These are student-run clinics and are sometimes billed as a learning environment, and more of an academic environment,” he said.
“But I see them, and my colleagues see them, as an actual medical center where we are helping members of the community working on the ground, helping people stay healthy throughout their lives.”
Support our Cause
All contributions will support safety net medical care in the greater Sacramento region, including the UC Davis Affiliated Student-Run clinics, and are used to purchase medical supplies and educational resources for patients.
Please note that the "Donate" links below will redirect you to our PayPal account. All donations made to this account will be evenly distributed to the student-run clinics. Our student-run clinics are 501 (c)(3) charitable organizations and donations made are tax-deductible. If your donation is made through PayPal and a tax-deduction letter is not automatically emailed to you, but you would like one, please contact us at email@example.com. There will also be an option to set up recurring donations through PayPal if you would like to continue supporting our clinics throughout the year.
Thank you for your generosity.