September 2019–The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is now a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a process that has been ten years in the making.

“This amazing announcement is the realization of years of tremendous sacrifice to build a holistic health center led by the American Muslim community that serves and engages all families of all faiths, backgrounds and need on Chicago’s South Side. We are proud that our health center attracts families from more than two dozen zip-codes across Chicagoland,” said Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director of IMAN.

As part of this new status, IMAN–an American Muslim community organization–was one of 77 health centers nationally to be awarded a portion of the $50,050,000 HRSA 2019 New Access Points (NAP) grant, and is the only organization in Illinois to have received this award totaling $650,000 in funding. This grant will help to improve the quality of healthcare and expand access to affordable, cost-effective primary, behavioral and oral health care services on the South Side of Chicago, serving the most vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

“This award is affirmation of the important work our organization is doing and is truly a full circle moment for me. Although I have been on staff as Medical Director for only one year, I have been a community member, witnessing IMAN’s progress since its inception. This organization gave me my first taste of intersectionality which, in many ways, steered me towards the work I had been doing in the FQHC world before joining IMAN. This designation is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for IMAN and for the people we serve. I’m simultaneously humbled by and thrilled for what lies ahead, ” said Dr. Sofia Adawy, Director of IMAN’s Community Health Center.

In May of 2018, IMAN’s Health Center was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike and on September 1, 2019 was officially designated as a fully Federally Qualified Health Center. In 2016, IMAN expanded its medical services to include behavioral health and dentistry. Additionally IMAN is now part of Chicago’s larger health safety net able to serve more patients and expand pharmaceutical, dental and behavioral health services. Over the past decade, IMAN’s dedicated Health Center staff worked rigorously toward obtaining such a significant status.

Additionally, the grant will be put towards renovations to increase exam room capacity, hire additional support staff including more medical assistants and increase the number of days oral health services are offered.

IMAN’s Health Center has had long-standing support of many individuals and families, and of several foundations over the years. The most significant long-time funder and partner of IMAN’s Health Center has come from within the American Muslim community through Islamic Relief USA. Locally IMAN’s Health Center has been sustained in great part through the generous support of entities like the Chicago Community Trust, Grant Healthcare Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, VNA Foundation, Field Foundation, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Healthy Communities Foundation, The Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Zakat Foundation of America,The Chicago Dental Society Foundation, Chicago Beyond and Afzal Family Foundation.

The Community Health Center operates six days a week at two sites, including Sundays, offers extended hours for care on Wednesdays, and services thousands of patients in the community.