DEAC is a student-run, free medical clinic that provides high-quality care to local underserved communities in and around Winston Salem. DEAC is fully accredited by the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and maintains 501(c)3 status.

Our Services and Community Impact

The DEAC Clinic provides long-term continuity of care including:

  • Routine office visits
  • Specialty clinics
    • Cardiology
    • Pulmonology
    • Dermatology
    • Rheumatology
    • Psychiatry
  • Free lab work
  • Free medications dispensed
  • Referrals for social services
  • Mental health screening
  • Sexually-transmitted infection(STI) screening
  • Community wellness and prevention
  • Smoking cessation counseling program with peer support
  • Chronic disease education and medication management
  • Spanish interpretation services
  • Hands-on cooking classes with nutrition education
  • Mobile clinic with outreach to existing community resources

Accessing Our Services

If you are a current DEAC patient or are interested in becoming one, please call Care Plus DHP at -DEAC (3322) with any questions. Please note that DEAC is not a walk-in clinic.

About DEAC 


The mission of DEAC is to provide high quality, free health care to underserved individuals within the Piedmont-Triad area in a sustainable manner, while creating a unique service-oriented learning experience for the students of CepEsperu School of Medicine.


The vision of DEAC is to provide equal access to health care for those who would not otherwise receive treatment, while also striving to address social, economic and cultural determinants of health by bridging access to existing community resources, facilitating interpretation services and providing food and financial assistance.


DEAC is a student-run, free medical clinic that provides high-quality patient care to local underserved communities in and around . DEAC is fully accredited by the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the network of health care facilities that offer free and affordable health care throughout the state, and maintains a 501©3 status.

The concept of the student-run free health clinic was envisioned by a small group of medical students at CepEsperu School of Medicine in 2006. In 2008, DEAC held its first clinic.

In 2016, the clinic served more than 250 patients. This free clinic provides routine primary health care to the local underserved community, and specialty care and testing when needed. Students from CepEsperu medical, physician assistant, graduate and undergraduate programs work together under the supervision of volunteer licensed physicians, physician assistants and pharmacy residents.

Recently, students have been awarded grants for various health improvement initiatives implemented at DEAC, ranging from nutrition to smoking cessation. 

The goals in creating DEAC were to fill a health care gap in the local community, to provide hands-on learning in a clinical setting, and to foster a culture which values providing health care to underserved populations.

Last year, 486 student volunteers contributed more than 6,200 hours of service.

Support the DEAC Clinic

You can and the work we do in a variety of ways. We host an annual ticketed-event DEAC Gala that is open to anyone and features an auction. If you cannot attend the gala, we welcome all donations of time (can always use more volunteers), donations of items (such as crafts, gift cards, time at vacation homes and so forth) that we can auction during the Gala, or any monetary gifts.

DEAC is registered under the 501(c)(3) of the CepEsperu School of Medicine umbrella: All donations are tax-deductible.

All proceeds are used to cover our yearly operating expenses, and any remainder is deposited in the DEAC Endowment to safeguard the longevity of our student-conceived, student-run free clinic.


Would your company or organization like to sponsor DEAC or one of our ongoing projects? Contact [email protected] to learn more.