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Mariam Clinic opened its doors on October 21, 2007. Mariam Clinic is a health care organization whose goal is to provide an integrated approach to health and well-being of uninsured individuals regardless of race, gender, or religion. Our goal is to build a healthier society through:


  1. Service: providing free health, mental and dental care to those who cannot afford it.

  2. Environment: approaching each patient's health in a holistic and humanistic manner, striving to provide a friendly and welcoming environment.

  3. Education: partnering with our patients and empowering them to become stewards of their health.

  4. Interaction: our diverse group of volunteers find common ground through a shared belief in community responsibility.

History of Mariam Clinic

  • May 2004: The Trent Foundation at Duke awarded a $4,000 seed grant to a group of Duke Physicians; Dr. Sumera Hayat, Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, Dr. Evan Myers and attorney Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil. Their goal was to research the health needs of Muslim women in the Triangle area. What they found was that the health needs of Muslim women and barriers to meeting these needs were the same as those for other communities in the region. Immigrant women and those without insurance especially faced the most daunting barriers. Some examples of health care issues:

    • Women delayed pap smears for years after poor experiences with healthcare providers who were culturally insensitive.

    • Uninsured Parents did not realize that their children could qualify for health coverage through state and federal programs

    • Uninsured working adults cannot go to doctor’s offices on weekdays during work hours and they are frequently left only with urgent care or emergency room clinics on weekends

  • August 2005: The community members joined the project and helped create Mariam Clinic, organizing community support needed to start outreach programs. Mariam Clinic was incorporated in August 2005, the Board of Directors was formed and the bylaws were approved in September. Application for federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status was filed in October. We conducted large-scale needs assessment survey in November, and finalized an agreement for facilities use in December. In 2006 we held a number of workshops and classes in both Durham and Cary.

  • October 21, 2007: Mariam Clinic began seeing patients on October 21, 2007. The clinic is the only non-emergency room option for free healthcare on Sundays. The Mariam Clinic is a health care organization whose goal is to provide an integrated approach to health and well-being. Our goal is to build a healthier society through service, responsibility and interaction.

Following is the History that led to the formation of Mariam Clinic

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