Crescent Clinic is composed of a team of physicians, UC Irvine medical students, and UC Irvine undergraduate students who have been working together since 2009 in an effort to establish a free health clinic in South Garden Grove, California. After conducting a health needs assessment of the community, we identified South Garden Grove as the most underserved population in the area that is without a free clinic. Our goal is to fix that, as we believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. No one’s health should be in jeopardy due to a lack of means or resources necessary to attain basic care. Our staff wants nothing more than to aid those who need it most, especially in current times where the financial burdens of rent and feeding a family often outweigh the importance of maintaining one’s health in such communities.
Our Mission Statement
- We will provide continuous aid to low-income and underserved groups regardless of their ability to pay, which includes but is not limited to:
- Screening – for some of the common health problems, such as hypertension and diabetes, which plague these communities
- Education and Prevention – to help decrease health disparities in the future and to emphasize the importance of preventive medicine
- Referral and Follow Up – to ensure that patients can be adequately connected to pre-existing continuity care clinics in Orange County
- We will provide health and social services to all, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, and lifestyle. We will not discriminate against any patient.
- We understand and acknowledge that health care and well-being is a right, not a privilege, and that this right encompasses all aspects of the living person.
- Lastly, we will maintain this mission through constant re-evaluation and efforts to improve our services via both introspection and retrospection.
Crescent Clinic’s History
The clinic began in 2009 as an idea for a free clinic by UC Irvine college sophomore Rahaf Baker and Dr. Tipu Khan, then a Family Medicine resident at Harbor-UCLA. Together with a group of UC Irvine undergraduates and medical students, they conducted a health needs assessment of Garden Grove, which was identified by the California Department of Public Health as a medically underserved area in Orange County. The health needs assessment concluded that the underserved, uninsured, and culturally diverse patient population of Garden Grove would benefit from a free clinic. The group established Shifa Clinic OC, the first student-run free clinic at UC Irvine as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The clinic began as a screening and referral model holding health fairs at various community organizations, made possible by seed funding by the Strauss Public Service Scholarship awarded to Rahaf Baker. The clinic has come a long way since it’s early days of setting up exam rooms using PVC pipes and shower curtains to become a funded diagnosis and treatment model clinic. Shifa OC was nationally recognized by President Clinton for its contribution and impact on the local community, and the clinic has been featuerd in several news media. Since moving to its permanent fully-funded location on Crescent Avenue in 2014, the clinic was renamed to Crescent Clinic OC. The clinic has served over 2500 patients to date, with a team of 14 volunteer physicians and over 50 students, and now offers dental and optometry services, family care, and a food pantry.
The health needs assessment that presented the need for Crescent Clinic and its services can be found here: Crescent Clinic Health Assessment