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the clinic locator

Where we map community clinics against socio-economic datasets.


Katherine Wu

Taylor Philips

Sabariah Mohamed Hussin

Anney Tuo

Emily Ma

Lily Weeks

Joe Huo

Bilal Rehman 

Aruni Areti


Akash Patel

Laura Napier

Liyen Chong

Lan Li




streets of Harris County by Lily Weeks


This research cluster features community clinics in a range of neighborhoods in the greater Houston area in two parts. The first part is a series of essays that feature clinics offering low-cost and free services to immigrant and refugee communities. The second part is a critical cartography project that generates original hand-drawn maps that mimic didactic images without using ArcGIS. It is based on two data sets comparing the location of acupuncture practitioners with NCCAOM certification (basic and supplementary) with representations of median household income, mortality rates, and vaccination rates. These representations are themselves non-exhaustive and unequal units of comparison. Instead, they have been graphically edited to compare darker elements across maps and suggest possible patterns across Houston counties. They are instead composite maps of images researched by the team and evaluated by artistic advisers. In considering the utility of maps, it is important to note that the location of acupuncturists may not correlate to the location of clinics. Further, the county data for mortality rate does not show cause of death or death rates per year. Vaccination rates are also subject to change. 

Patient Discharge Initiative

Houston-area university students aim to address disparities in underserved emergency room patients

The Montrose Center

Serves Houston's LGBTQ+ community through various health and wellness services

Hope Clinic

Provides culturally and linguistically competent care for Houston’s under-served and isolated ethnic communities

coming soon

Shifa Healthcare & Community Services

Nonprofit providing many services through volunteer network from the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH)

American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Medical school, teaching clinic, and research institution focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to provide affordable health care services.

Casa Juan Diego

Charity-based housing with a medical clinic, food distribution center, and social service center for refugees

Legacy Community Health

Gives comprehensive, primary healthcare services to all Houstonians regardless of ability to pay

coming soon

Harbor Hospice

Inpatient and outpatient end-of-life care for  terminally ill patients based on their values and needs. 


Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Refugee Resettlement

The MRD Lab sat down with Akash to learn more about his work with refugees, and how his experience as an undocumented person shaped his life and work as an immigration lawyer and advocate.

Akash Patel

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Video 1: Compiled animation of map layers showing location of licensed acupuncture practitioners by Emily Ma, Katherine Wu, and Aysel Rizvi.


Oberg Ted, Rafique, Sarah. 2021. “13 Investigates Harris County COVID-19 vaccination, mortality rate.” ABC, February 10, 2021. 


United States, Industrial Dispersion Guidebook for Communities; a Technique for More Secure Location of New Defense-Supporting Plants., Domestic Commerce Series,No. 31 (Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1952).

External Links


The mapping journey project:

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