History of Shifa Clinic
Our story begins in 1994 when two dedicated physicians organized a small clinic in an apartment building donated by the V Street Mosque. They operated this free clinic for many years with minimal resources. Due to the increasing popularity and demand for accessible health care, we felt the need of a more organized and regular health service project.
In 2000, the current Medical Director, Shagufta Yasmeen, M.D., and two medical students, Nasser Abdo and Mahmoud Traina from the University of California, Davis, and community members (Bashir Choudary, and Dr. Najme Minhaj) launched a new clinic by name of “Shifa Community Clinic”. The clinic was officially affiliated with UC Davis School of Medicine officially on June 15, 2005. A three party agreement between Shifa Community Clinic, UC Davis School of Medicine, and the Muslim Mosque Association was finalized.
Our Comprehensive Approach
Shifa Clinic has developed comprehensive and culturally tailored patient-targeted interventions, including aspects like a healthy lifestyle, prevention and management of diabetes, screening, and prevention of chronic diseases and cancer.
Language-specific brochures and videos were created to educate, engage, empower, and encourage the community towards becoming healthy and maintaining physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual health. Trained multilingual health coaches provide one-on-one health education based on cultural and religious preferences.
Our health educators/coaches are committed to providing care that is respectful and responsive to an individual patient’s cultural and religious preferences.