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 and Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 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 due to limited capacity. Typically we are able to see 20 patients on each weekend day. 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.
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The clinic has an onsite phlebotomist for when patients require further testing.
IAMACF provides information workshops and screening sessions on topics like diabetes, heart disease, and nutrition.
Providing free primary healthcare services to Chicago's underserved communities
The IAMACF clinic houses a small pharmacy, with a limited range of (non-narcotic) prescription drugs for patient treatment.
The IAMACF Clinic provides free primary healthcare to anyone in need, through walk-in basis three days per week.