Clinica Tepati

Clinica Tepati operates under a three part mission rooted in providing equitable health services, life-long education, and patient advocacy. Our advocacy stems from the belief that healthcare is an inherent right for all people. We will continue to provide free healthcare services to the under-served communities of Sacramento. Our volunteers will have the unique opportunity to be leaders within the community and gain clinical experiences to prepare them for their future professional endeavors.

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Address: 1820 J st.
Sacramento, CA 95811
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Jasmin Santos
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-209-0912
Fax: 530-937-0222
Clinica Tepati is one of the oldest existing student-run clinics. It was established in 1974, driven by the passion and dedication of a group of UC Davis students and faculty from the medical school. Our founders set out to address serious long-term issues in the healthcare delivery system and to integrate primary care involvement that is usually excluded in the traditional medical curriculum. They established a three-part mission of health service, education, and advocacy geared towards their desire to serve a vulnerable segment of the Latino community as part of the growing Chicano Movement in the 70s. With the support of community members and the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine, the project gave rise to Clínica Tepati. "Tepati," the Nahuatl word for "healer," was chosen as the symbol for incorporating cultural identity with a genuine desire to serve.
Clínica Tepati is seeking to expand its services to advance all facets of Latino health and to build the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers committed to providing culturally-sensitive healthcare to under-served communities. All of our funding goes towards serving our patients and educating our students. Much needed supplies and equipment allow us to continue opening our doors and creating healthcare professionals that will have the skills necessary to understand and serve diverse communities. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Program - Funding to provide specialty and social services (Diabetes Education, Mental Health Support, Legal Aid, etc.) which will address the preventative care needs of our patients and provide preventative care training for our students. 2. Funding: Program - Clinica Tepati needs help with funding to financially aid patients who demonstrate a sufficient financial burden by offering either a 50% co-pay coverage or a full coverage on prescription medications depending on patients' needs. These subsidies will be offered to patients whose medications are not covered by the Patient Assistance Programs (PAP). Data from our pharmacy committee shows a projected total of $9,303.46 dollars annually spent on medications. 3. Funding: Program - Funding to help Clinica Tepati to expand its role in the Sacramento Community by working with marginalized Latino high school students who have an interest in a college education. The establishment of a college mentorship and program for high school students from disadvantage backgrounds will provide the underrepresented Latino youth with funding for college applications but more importantly an opportunity to pursue a higher education. 4. Other - Please Describe - Funding to help Clinica Tepati to continue being an advocate for our community by hosting events to promote our services. Another major goal moving forward will be to continue and develop new partnerships that allow our organization to have an active role serving the Sacramento community. 5. Technology - In order for Clinica Tepati to continue delivering quality healthcare services to our patients we need access to medical imaging machines like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scan.
For the past forty-four years, Clínica Tepati has filled a critical gap in Sacramento's healthcare safety net. Our patient-centered system of practice allows us to treat patients that have been historically left out of the margins of health care, and secured our role as patient advocates among the community.

Our dedication to education is extended to both our patients and volunteers. Clínica Tepati has created an unparalleled learning experience for our volunteer physicians, pre-professional, and undergraduate students. By staffing our clinic with individuals that reflect the diversity of the population we serve, Clínica Tepati is directly responsible for shaping the next generation of socially conscious health care providers and placing them in positions to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede many of our patients from getting care.

It is thus our firm belief that through Clínica Tepati's relentless efforts to improve the quality and scope of care we provide our patients, all those involved will gain the invaluable knowledge and experience that comes from addressing head-on the health inequities present in under-served communities.

-- Clinica Tepati Board of Directors