History of the Camden Saturday Health Clinic
Founded in 2003, the Camden Saturday Health Clinic was the innovation of Chris Lawler. While Chris was a medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), he recognized a need for medical care in the nearby city of Camden, New Jersey. With the help of fellow students and the UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Department, space was secured in downtown Camden for a clinic. Funded entirely by student efforts and donations and staffed by medical student volunteers, the clinic has settled in as part of the Camden community over the past few years.
As the staff of the Camden Saturday Health Clinic continues to expand the clinic’s patient population, we have also implemented various outreach programs. Starting in 2004, the clinic partnered with the UMDNJ-SOM Obstetrics/Gynecology club to present an annual lecture series on sexually transmitted infections to local high school students.
In 2005 and 2006, the clinic presented “Tooth Fair”, a dental hygiene program aimed at Camden’s youths. Also in 2005, the clinic hosted an inaugural health fair, which featured bike safety, blood pressure screenings, exercise demonstrations, healthy food alternatives and much more. The clinic also started providing free flu vaccines to the city of Camden in 2006.
With so many wonderful projects up and running and the number of patients growing, the Camden Saturday Health Clinic proudly expanded to triple the number of exam rooms for patient care in 2006. Throughout the years, the number of student volunteers on the executive board for the clinic has also grown tremendously. The clinic looks forward to many future successes and to continuing to provide free medical care in Camden, New Jersey.