The Health Clinic is one of the many inspiring and vital programs at IMAN. As a result of long-term planning and the confidence of the community it serves, the Clinic has recently seen tremendous growth in its hours, services, relationships and impact. This exponential growth started in 2010 when, with the generous support of Islamic Relief USA, we were able to hire the Clinic’s first Medical Director.
In November, Dr. Altaf Kaiseruddin, a family practitioner who has been working in the South Side of Chicago for many years, is celebrating his two-year anniversary as the Medical Director of the IMAN Health Clinic. With Dr. Kaiseruddin working as both Medical Director and staff physician along with our dedicated physician volunteers, such as Dr. Deeba Masood, Dr. Mohammed Haque, and Dr. Ahsan Arozullah, the Clinic has been able to extend its hours from two to five days/week. In addition to serving as a full-time community center providing a full complement of healthcare services, our Clinic is now an educational site for young aspiring volunteers and medical students who can gain valuable experience in healthcare under the guidance of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
In addition to expanded hours, the IMAN Clinic is able to offer new and much needed services to our community, including in-house ultrasound services, focused asthma visits, pain medicine management visits, acupuncture, patient medication assistance programs, support groups, and tuberculosis skin testing. In a very recent and exciting development, we have added a mental health clinic that started operation in the month of October. Francisco Lozornio, a licensed clinical social worker and an adjunct professor at Northeastern Illinois University, will be providing individual, group, and family counseling in our Clinic. Additionally, he will be working with adolescents in nearby schools. Students from the University of Chicago’s Social Work Department will be shadowing Lozornio as part of their clinical rotation at our site.
Lozornio’s clinical social worker position and counseling services at the IMAN Health Clinic are a joint collaboration between IMAN and Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), and are funded by LISC Chicago.
Francisco J. Lozornio has recently joined IMAN’s Health Clinic as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He also holds an adjunct professorship at Northeastern Illinois University, Social Work Program. Previously, Lozornio was the Director of the Behavioral Health Service program at the Valley Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in the Los Angeles area in California. Most recently, Francisco worked at Marquette Elementary School in Chicago as a Behavioral Health Consultant.