Our History

See how the vision of wellness has flourished for the community over the past two decades.

1992

Muslim American students at UCLA and Charles Drew University establish the University Muslim Medical Association. In the wake of the civil disturbances of 1992, the students decide to open a free clinic with University support.

Founding

1994

While waiting on construction to be completed, the students collected donated equipment and with the invaluable help of Councilwoman Walters, raised more than $1.3 million in funds.

1996

On September 24th, 1996, UMMA sees its first patient. Volunteers of all faiths come together to serve, and incorporates a year later as a non-profit with its first board of directors.

2000

Muslims saved the clinic from closure, donating $400,000 in one evening.

2006

UMMA is recognized by Congress for its commitment to excellence as a model of Muslim philanthropy

RECOGNITION

2008

UMMA is the first Muslim American organization designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a special status awarded by the U.S. government.

2009

UMMA is recognized by President Obama at a White House reception. UMMA was also invited to testify before the U.S. congress on healthcare reform.

2011

UMMA expands its facility, doubling its capacity to serve the community.

EXPANSION

2013

UMMA opened its school-based Wellness Center & Community Garden in the underserved and at risk South Los Angeles community at Fremont High School.

2014

UMMA is certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

2015

UMMA receives a federal grant to expand their behavioral health services to the South LA Community.

The story couldn’t continue without the generous support of our partners and donors