UMMA Community Clinic

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The UMMA Community Clinic (University Muslim Medical Association) is a community-based Federally Qualified Health Center serving South Los Angeles. It was founded "in the wake of the civil disturbances of 1992" by Muslim students and received "support" from UCLA and Charles Drew University.[1]

The UMMA Community Clinic has received funding from Kaiser Permanente, the California Endowment, and Islamic Relief.

Councilwoman Rita Walters

Students who founded UMMA Community Clinic pose for photo in 1992

"Their small project evolved when former Los Angeles councilwoman Rita Walters met with the group and introduced the idea of a standing clinic. With Walters’ help, the group was able to get funding and a site."

Founding

The following partial account is found at aramcoworld.com:[2]

"According to co-founder Mansur Khan, MD, UMMA’s roots actually go back to 1986. That was the year the MSA elected a president named Ali Galedary, an Iranian–American who had grown up in one of Los Angeles’s Mexican–American working-class communities and who had volunteered in a gang-intervention program. “Up to then, the MSA had been strictly a social organization,” Khan says. “Ali persuaded many of us to work as mentors and tutors to incarcerated teens in a Ventura facility. He told us, ‘We have manpower and ability—let’s do something serious.’”
"Initially, the seven considered raising funds for a mobile health unit.
"Our objective was to make an impact on the well-being of the people of South Central as well as on our Muslim community,” Khan continues. “We didn’t see much social activism on the part of the first-generation Muslims, our parents, who were concerned about preserving their cultural identity and establishing Islamic religious and educational institutions.”
"The 1992 riots were a catalyst,” says Rushdi Abdul Cader. A supportive professor helped the students take their idea to the Los Angeles City Council, where South Central Councilwoman Rita Walters told them, “Forget the trailer. I’ll find you a building for a permanent clinic.”

Mission

The UMMA Community Clinic "envisions itself as part of a larger network of institutions addressing the health and well-being of the underserved and indigent, mindful of the cultural, spiritual, social and economic realities that impinge upon them, and the traditional barriers to accessing care."

According to their website the mission[3] of the UMMA Community Clinic: is "[T]o promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high-quality healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay.

"Our services, activities and governance reflect the Islamic values and moral principles which inspired our founders. These include the core values which are universally shared and revered by society at large: Service, Compassion, Human Dignity, Social Justice, and Ethical Conduct."

Other Services

Dr. Mansur Khan, one of UMMA Clinic's founding members, attends the 2009 White House Iftar on behalf of UMMA Community Clinic.

"Aside from medical services, UMMA Community Clinic provides free tax services annually, free legal clinics, and semi-annual health fairs. They also host food and clothing distributions."[4]

Political Advocacy

UMMA Community Clinic supports illegal immigration in America. In a blog[5] for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"The time has come for our society to take compassionate steps towards supporting those who have lived their lives here and know nothing else besides being an American. Now is the time to pass a clean, bipartisan Dream Act in the House and Senate. Remember, as Americans we are all dreamers, and as supporters of health and dignity for all, with persistence, together we can have an impact."

2009 White House Iftar

Dr. Mansur Khan, one of UMMA Clinic's founding members, attends the 2009 White House Iftar on behalf of UMMA Community Clinic.[6]

Recognition

For the clinic’s 10 year anniversary, UMMA Community Clinic "was recognized by Congresswoman Maxine Waters on the floor of the House of Representatives, and this past October, UMMA Community Clinic was one of three clinics invited to the White House to discuss the pivotal role of free clinics in the medically underserved community."

Maxine Waters Recognized "several founders of the UMMA Community Clinic and other individuals who are affiliated with the UMMA Clinic":[7],[8]

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

References

  1. http://www.ummaclinic.org/our-history/ Our History, accessed January 6 2018
  2. http://archive.aramcoworld.com/issue/200703/healing.south.central.htm Healing South Central, accessed January 6 2018
  3. http://www.ummaclinic.org/about/ About, accessed January 6 2018
  4. https://al-talib.org/putting-faith-into-practice-musilim-medical-students-create-free-clinic-in-south-la/ Putting Faith into Practice: Muslim Medical Students Create Free Clinic in South LA, accessed January 6 2018
  5. http://www.ummaclinic.org/2017/09/06/the-american-dreamer-daca/ Protecting the American DREAM(er), accessed January 6 2018
  6. https://al-talib.org/putting-faith-into-practice-musilim-medical-students-create-free-clinic-in-south-la/, accessed April 16 2018
  7. https://waters.house.gov/media-center/floor-statemements/celebrating-achievements-umma-community-clinic-its-10th-anniversary Celebrating Achievements of UMMA Community Clinic on its 10th Anniversary, accessed January 6 2018
  8. http://www.cair.com/press-center/cair-in-the-news/8355-ca-congresswoman-to-recognize-muslim-community-clinic.html CA: Congresswoman to Recognize Muslim Community Clinic, accessed January 6 2018