The Indian American Medical Association (IL) Charitable Foundation (IAMACF), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit primary care healthcare community clinic located at 2645 W. Peterson Avenue, in the heart of Chicago's West Ridge community. The West Ridge community is home to one of the most culturally diverse communities, as it is a gateway to numerous immigrant and refugee populations in Chicago. The clinic serves over 3000 people annually with operating hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration for patients opens one hour prior to opening on the weekends (9:00 AM). Patients are seen on a first come first served basis and does have the ability to take appointments. It is run by volunteer physicians, including members of the Indian American Medical Association of Illinois, and medical students coordinated by New Life Volunteer Services. The free clinic serves low-income populations, who are uninsured and underserved in that have no affordable or culturally competent medical facility for their healthcare need. The IAMACF community clinic provides a culturally appropriate environment, with volunteer physicians and volunteers who also extend free (limited) pharmacy and lab services to walk-in clients. The IAMACF is also a teaching clinic for medical students from six of our area's medical schools, including the Chicago Medical School, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Rush University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to our primary healthy clinic, the IAMACF also has the following health services:
Diabetic Eye Screen Clinics: A monthly ophthalmological screening clinic for patients with a history of Diabetes to assess diabetic retinal changes
Dermatological Clinics: A quarterly clinic specializing in patients with concerns about various skin conditions.
Pharmacy Reconciliation Clinic: A specialty clinic dedicated to educating patients about the medications they are prescribed. The pharmacist and students will go over with the patient which medication is taken for its respective medical condition, when to take it, what are some possible side effects, what to avoid taking it with, and more.
Shared Medical Appointments: The clinic hosts three different types of shared medical appointments(SMAs); Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cholesterol, all with the same purpose. SMAs are workshops designed to educate patients about their chronic diseases. Education topics include nutrition and how it is connected with the patient's underlying health condition and other comprehensive information about the patient's condition to empower patients to take control of their health.
The clinic has an onsite phlebotomist for when patients require further testing.
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The IAMACF clinic houses a small pharmacy, with a limited range of (non-narcotic) prescription drugs for patient treatment.
IAMACF provides information workshops and screening sessions on topics like diabetes, heart disease, and nutrition.
The IAMACF Clinic provides free primary healthcare to anyone in need, through walk-in basis three days per week.