Service fraternity hosts first annual health care clinic

Delta Epsilon Psi organized its first annual Delta Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 17, where it provided health care services and information to uninsured and underinsured residents of Trenton.

In an effort to make the clinic accessible to locals, DEPsi worked with many nearby health care providers and government agencies, and hosted it in St. Francis Medical Center on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton.

DEPsi provided heath care services for uninsured Trenton residents. (Photo courtesy of Ravi Shah)

The organization was satisfied with the participation of the vendors they recruited, but hopes that they are able to drive up the number of residents who take part in the clinic in the future. Still, they took it as a very positive first run.

“We were all awed by the support that the community showed as well as the unity that could be felt throughout the venue,” said Ravi Shah, president of DEPsi, in an email.

The service fraternity, whose College chapter launched last year, brought together organizations ranging from the Trenton Fire Department to Womanspace to either provide direct services to residents or help inform them on health issues. They also received help from College organizations such as Lions’ EMS.

According to Shah, the idea for this clinic spawned from a crossing of the fraternity’s interests.

“Most of our brothers and pre-med, so we wanted to create an event where we could combine our personal interests with our desire to help our community,” he said.

DEPsi had this event in the works for a while, but they accelerated their planning and implementation after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey so that they could more quickly help those who needed it.

They aim to make this a yearly event, always taking place around Thanksgiving.