Imani Clinic 

Healing Begins with Faith

Call Us:  (916) 475-9582

Imani Summer Application 2019 

Application link here:


Imani, a Swahili word meaning “faith,” was selected both for the African philosophy of community embodied in the 7 principles of Kwanzaa – an African-American year-end celebration – and because it symbolizes the faith that we as students hope to foster within historically disenfranchised communities as well as faith in the ability of the health care system to address their medical needs and social realities. In our hope for positive social change, we as volunteers must also have faith in our mission. Specifically, Imani Clinic was founded to provide health care to the African-American population of Oak Park. We serve anyone who walks through our doors, however it is our goal to address the needs of the African-American community.

The Imani Clinic of Oak Park was the brainchild of medical students of the Student National Medical Association at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Ten years of planning, research and negotiation gave birth to a cohesive collaboration between students, the University, and Sutter Community Hospitals. Imani Clinic opened on October 22, 1994 in Oak Park and is now located at 2425 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817.

The students who worked diligently to make this clinic a reality created the goals below, which embody our purpose:
1. To provide preventive and episodic primary health care to an underserved community without regard to address (or lack of one), national/ethnic origin, immigration status, language, religion or ability to pay;
2. To expose medical students early in their training to the complexities of providing community-based care to a diverse population in which social, economic and medical issues are intimately intertwined;
3. To provide undergraduate students interested in a career in the health professions with the opportunity to experience first-hand healthcare delivery in a community-based setting;
4. To foster early and lasting relationships between students, health care professionals and the community.

Clinic days begin for undergraduates at 7:45am and go until we see our last patient or until 3pm at the latest. Additionally, students and preceptors engage in pre-clinic meetings to preview the day’s activities, as well as post-clinic meetings, where cases are presented by the medical students in a formal manner, which greatly enhances the learning experience.

Info Sessions
April 19th 4-5pm in the CCC Conference Room
April 24th 6-7pm in Veihmeyer 212

Office Hours at CADSS:
April 25th 5-7pm
May 1st 2-4pm
May 3rd 9-11am

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS (Starting Summer 2019):

*If selected after the online application and the interview, you will be required to attend a mandatory training session at the end of Spring quarter*

You must be present during BOTH SUMMER SESSION I AND SUMMER SESSION II in order to be able to apply as a summer volunteer at Imani Clinic.

Summer requirements include 2 clinic days, 2 outreach events, and one fundraising event per summer session. Additionally, attendance and participation at the Ulezi Fair and all prior meetings regarding the event are also required. Proof of health clearance is required (TB test, up to date immunizations, etc.). Failure to complete a requirement on time will result in a strike. With 3 strikes, you will be put up for review by the board to determine if you will continue further as a volunteer. At the end of the summer, those who would like to continue volunteering with Imani can reapply.