UMN Medical Center Community
For more than 35 years, Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic has served the South Minneapolis community.
South Minneapolis is a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse community including those born and raised in the US and those who have immigrated from other areas of the world.
Residents do not need to travel abroad to experience cultural immersion and refugee care. Our patients range in age from infants to the elderly and identify as African American, East African, European American, Hispanic, Native American, and Vietnamese.
In addition, we also serve a growing population of individuals within the transgender and gender non-binary community—many of whom travel a distance to come to our clinic.
Our community offers local farmers markets, bike trails, a city park within six blocks of every resident, culturally diverse restaurants, arts, music and community groups. This is a very special place to live and work!
Activities have included:
- Advocacy with the Sexual Violence Center
- Clinical care and med student teaching at Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a student-run, free clinic
- Community education in a variety of venues
- Hospice care
- Work with high-risk adolescents at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center and Minneapolis school-based clinics
A corner of our clinic was dedicated in memory of Sophia Baechler, a 7-year-old girl who died from carbon monoxide poisoning on her family's boat on Lake Minnetonka.
One of our former residents and faculty advocated with the state legislature to pass a law to save others from carbon monoxide poisoning on boats.
Sophia's law was passed in 2017 and requires carbon monoxide detectors on certain boats. It is the first of its kind in the nation.