DEAC Advisory Board selects Young and Baker as liaisons for the Class of 2016
The DEAC Clinic Advisory Board unanimously named Kelly Young
and Joseph Baker student liaisons for the PA Program Class of 2016.
DEAC Clinic is a student-run, physician-staffed free clinic
held every Wednesday evening at the Community Care Center on New Walkertown
Road in Winston-Salem. DEAC stands for Delivering
Equal Access to Care, and this clinic was created to do just that. In 2006,
a small group of Wake Forest School of Medicine medical students envisioned creating
a student-led clinic that would endeavor to reach the underserved local
community. Just two years later, in 2008, the first DEAC clinic was held.
DEAC Clinic is unique in that it serves a specific and often
overlooked patient population who cannot afford health insurance yet do not
qualify for government assistance. It provides long-term continuity of care for
these patients, along with speciality clinics, free medications and blood work
on site, social services, mental health and STI screening, community wellness,
and preventive care.
When asked what motivated them to pursue DEAC leadership, the
PA student liaisons were excited to talk about their passion for the
underserved. Both Kelly and Joseph worked as EMTs in areas where they were
confronted with patients who needed medical care but hesitated to seek it
because they could not afford the cost.
Kelly grew up in a rural county and has worked at free
clinics in the past. “I’ve really enjoyed working with people who don’t have
the same health care opportunities that I was privileged to grow up with, and
being a part of DEAC is a way I can personally impact those people,” Kelly
Joseph has volunteered overseas and chose Wake Forest’s PA
program largely because of the opportunity to be involved with the DEAC Clinic.
“When I heard about all the leadership positions available,” Joseph explained, “I
knew DEAC was the one I was most passionate about, especially when I found out
about the population DEAC served. This is the patient population that really
Both liaisons want to advocate for continued
improvements at the clinic, to encourage more community awareness about the
clinic’s presence, and to motivate health care professionals and students alike
to give of their time to meet the needs of DEAC patients. [written
by Jana Villanueva, Class of 2016]