A little over a month ago, IMAN announced a major milestone in the evolution of our free Health Clinic; with support from Islamic Relief USA the Clinic now has expanded hours that will allow us to serve 50% more patients on a regular basis. Since that time, while adjusting to our increased hours, we have also continued to invest in the infrastructure of our Clinic such that future expansion efforts are matched with the capacity to serve and help more community members.
There are currently four doctors volunteering their services, each hailing from a different hospital across the city. In the coming weeks, we anticipate engaging at least four more whom we expect will commit to regular, consistent volunteer hours at our facility. Currently operating with the capacity to see over 40 patients per week, we expect that the efforts to expand the Clinic to five full days of service will be bolstered by the increased efforts of our current and new volunteer physicians. Furthermore, a new clinic management database and the return of our Lab Technician, Mohammed Hussain, after an extended family visit in India, are all healthy indicators for the Clinic’s continued growth.
In May, IMAN will begin hosting a nutrition and exercise class with the help of Heath Education, Advocacy, Research and Training (H.E.A.R.T.). This class is made possible with the help of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), which has also enlisted IMAN’s support in promoting First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy living program, “Let’s Move.” Bolstered by the gracious support of Islamic Relief USA, a growing number of partnerships only aids in our clinic’s ability to touch an ever-increasing number of under- and uninsured patients and ultimately meet the mission of providing high-quality, comprehensive, accessible and culturally competent health care to a diverse patient population.