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
- 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.
DEAC is not a walk-in clinic.
DEAC is a free clinic for those who cannot afford health insurance and do not qualify for government assistance. Prospective patients must undergo financial screening and meet the following requirements:
- Must have a household income of <200% of the federal poverty limit.
- No access to health insurance or government insurance programs.
- Must be a resident of Forsyth, Davie, or Stokes County.
You may also be asked to provide proof of expenses and proof of income. Proof of expenses could include:
- Title, car registration or monthly bill for every car in the household
- A lease contract for apartment or house or a mortgage statement or title for house
- Monthly bills, including power, cable, telephone, credit cards, car insurance and so forth
For proof of income, you are required to bring a copy of your last year's tax returns unless you did not file, in which case you may be asked to obtain a letter from the IRS verifying that you did not file taxes the previous year.
You may be asked to provide a health care insurance verification form from your employer.
Each member of your household may be required to provide:
- HealthCare Access (formerly Doctors Care) identification card.
- A letter from a homeless shelter on letterhead stating your name and dates of residency.
- Copy of the last two pay stubs from every person who works in the household (please read important definitions section to know whose pay stubs you are required to bring).
- Proof of disability or retirement benefits (letter from SSI). If you have direct deposit for these checks, you must provide a bank statement and verification from SSI.
- If you are paid in cash, a Verification of Employment Form, which you can obtain at our reception desk, must be completed, signed and faxed by your employer. We may call your employer to verify your information.
- If you are self-employed and do not file tax returns, bring your accounting books or a record of state tax sales revenue for the past year.
- If you are being supported by relatives or friends, we require a letter of support from the person who is helping you along with proof of her/his income to verify that they have enough income to support you.
- If you are being supported by an organization, we require a letter from the organization helping you on letterhead.
- If you are recently unemployed, bring your last two pay stubs and information about any unemployment compensation you will be receiving.
- If you are living on savings, you must provide three of your most recent bank statements.
- Members of an immediate family living in the same residence. This includes parents, son, daughters, grandparents and children for whom the parents have legal custody.
- Children living in the same household as their parents, regardless of age, will be considered part of the household.
- Children who do not live with their parents may be included on an application if the parents support the child financially.
- Proof of identity must be provided for each member of the household (including children) listed on the application.
- Others living in the house or apartment, such as sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles or friends must apply separately.
A single person who lives alone or resides with others but does not qualify as a member of a household.
An individual 18 years of age or under who is unmarried and lives on their own without financial support from parents may apply as an individual.
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.