Health-Related Student Organizations

The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is the largest national organization specifically dedicated to helping physician scientists in their training. The Princeton Chapter of APSA was founded to become a hub for all Princeton students interested in becoming physician scientists or pursuing MD/PhDs. We seek to improve opportunities for mentorship, community building, and support. Throughout the year, we invite physician scientists and current MD/PhD students to speak on campus. We also send several students each year to the National APSA Conference in Chicago, where physician scientists from across the nation speak about their research and own career paths.

Camp Kesem Princeton runs a summer camp for children whose families have been affected by cancer. Students manage all aspects of the camp, from management to serving as counselors.

Co-Directors: Stephen Chen '19
Treasurer: Marina Latif '19
Contact: princeton.volunteer@campkesem.org

Chinese American Princeton Siblings (CAPS) is an orga­ni­za­tion that focuses on build­ing long-term, one-on-one mentorship rela­tion­ships between Prince­ton stu­dents (“big sibs”) and Chi­nese adoptees in the New Jer­sey and Philadelphia area (“lit­tle sibs”). We hold sev­eral events on-campus every year to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for men­tors and mentees to get to know each other, but we also encourage communication between sibling pairs outside of CAPS events. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in education and community service!

Contact: Victoria Tang '19, princetoncaps@gmail.com 

CONTACT is a Pace Center Student Volunteers Council service project whose volunteers answer phone calls for a local crisis hotline and the national suicide hotline. Volunteers must complete approximately a semester of training on mental health issues and listening skills, which can be done on campus or off campus in Pennington. After that volunteers are free to take shifts answering calls for the hotline at our on campus phone room or crisis chat service whenever they have availability. For more information about CONTACT of Mercer County, our community partner, you can visit http://www.contactofmercer.org or for more information about CONTACT training on Princeton's campus you can email contactprinceton@gmail.com.

SVC Creative Minds is a student-led community service program that pairs volunteers one-on-one with elderly residents at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Each resident at Merwick has a unique voice and perspective, but expressing their viewpoints is often difficult due to mental and physical health challenges. The program allows Princeton students to learn how to engage and communicate with residents, and elicit expression in a method tailored to the unique medical circumstances of each particular resident. During weekly one-hour visits, volunteers and residents will bond while working on creative year-long projects that explore the resident's interests and engage different forms of media (including books, movies, and soundtracks). Through this experience, volunteers and residents are able to develop meaningful long-term relationships.

Contact: Lubin Deng '19svcmerwick@gmail.com

GlobeMed is a national network that unites students and non-profits from around the world to strengthen the movement for global health equity, empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. They are more than just a fundraising organization—they give students the tools they need to be educated and engaged activists and community leaders that challenge social injustices in health and beyond. Founded in 2010, the GlobeMed at Princeton chapter is partnered with COVE Alliance of Uganda, and they support COVE Alliance in its mission to provide education and health care to orphaned and disadvantaged children in Uganda.

Emailprinceton@globemed.org

Health in Princeton Schools (HIPS) is a Pace Center weekly volunteer project that seeks to increase health awareness in local elementary schools by recruiting Princeton University undergraduates to serve as young, relatable role models and mentors. Volunteers teach health lessons in elementary school classrooms about a range of topics, including body systems, disease prevention, nutrition, drug education, first aid, good citizenship (i.e. social and mental health and wellness), safety, and more. Please contact Dahlia Kaki (dkaki@princeton.edu) to join or learn more about our organization.

Officers: Evelyn Wu '19, Gabbie Acot '21

The Homefront Health Initiative (HHI) is a PACE Center volunteer group established to help vulnerable families and children at the Homefront Homeless Shelter in Trenton, NJ. Students will primarily work with the children of the residents there in one of its two programs:

1) Early Head Start program: Assisting facilitators in caring and teaching toddlers enrolled in a federal program that provides a nurturing environment to help the development of children from low-income families.

2) After School Education program: Helping the young students with their school work. Students can organize their own health lesson plans to teach the children.

Officers: Maria Jerez '19, Natalia Brokate '20, Jayson Saleet '20

Insure Jersey (previously Be Jersey Strong) is a grassroots student movement assisting with the implementation of health insurance reform here in New Jersey. Many individuals are eligible for the health care marketplace but remain uninsured, and research suggests that for these remaining uninsured, it takes one-on-one, in-person conversations to make the decision to enroll. We train and mobilize student volunteers to have such conversations with the uninsured throughout the state.

Established in 1997, the Princeton Journal of Bioethics is the oldest undergraduate journal of bioethics in the world. The primary goal of the Journal is to provide undergraduates an arena for the discussion of current issues in bioethics including genetic engineering, reproductive rights, stem cell research, and euthanasia. The Journal serves as a resource for students and professors of bioethics, as well as a representation of undergraduate work in bioethics. Working with a Technical Review Board of leaders in education, medicine, science, and ethics, the Journal strives to provide material of the highest quality. The Journal's readership extends throughout the globe, and it is distributed at national bioethics conferences and associated committees.

Meals on Wheels (MoW) is a national organization that delivers meals to homebound individuals and has a local Mercer County chapter that serves Princeton, East/West-Windsor, Hightstown, Trenton, and Ewing. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate weekly in meal delivery and/or the support program, which pairs students with MoW participants for weekly conversations. These check-ins would develop into meaningful relationships that address the social facet of health, especially emotional well-being. Students would conduct nutritional assessments as part of the support program as well.

Officers: Chelsea Epinosa '20, Julia Herrle '19

The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) is a program created by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to offer guidance and support to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  SNMA is an organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities.  Through various initiatives, SNMA aims to increase the degree of diversity in the medical profession by promoting levels of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention in schools training healthcare professionals.  These efforts will work to improve the number of “clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians” (SNMA.org).  SNMA members work with MAPS chapters at nearby undergraduate institutions to advise them about the medical school application process, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and to serve as mentors to undergraduate students to help them successfully matriculate into medical school.  The MAPS chapter at Princeton organizes fundraising activities to benefit health-related causes, publishes newsletters with advice for minority pre-health students, hosts study halls during exam periods, and much more! Everyone is welcome to join, so please feel free to stop by any MAPS meeting or event. 

President: Marisela Neff '20
Vice Presidents: Joanne Lee '21
Treasurer and Publicity Chair: Nikita Nangia '20
Secretary: Andrew Wu '21
Event Chair for Campus Outreach: Emily Cheng '21
Event Chair for Volunteering: Janet You '21
Academics Chair: Joonho Jo '21

Partners in Health Engage (PIH) Engage aims to build the right to health movement by growing and amplifying the mission of PIH, as a global health organization, worldwide. We, as the Princeton PIH Engage chapter of the national team and as a Pace Center student organization, recruit and train volunteer organizers to support health systems in need around the world and engage with policymakers, focusing our actions on the three pillars of PIH Engage: advocacy, fundraising, and community-building.

President: Rohan Tummala '19
Contact: pihengage@princeton.edu

Princeton Disabilities Awareness (PDA) plans two carnivals, one in the fall and one in the spring, every year for kids with disabilities and their siblings. Student volunteers are matched up with a buddy for the day. Additionally, we organize a conference for parents in the fall.

Officers: Kennedy Casey '21
Contact: pda@princeton.edu

Princeton Music Outreach (merged with Music is Medicine) brings together musicians from Princeton with local nursing homes, assisted living homes, and hospice communities. We strive to make a difference through music, which has a great power to help people relax, love, and enjoy their lives. In the past we have put on different themed concerts for these residents, such as a Valentines and Christmas themed performance. We try to put on several performances each semester, and we have a lot of fun!

Officers: Stephen Chen '19

Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) The goal of the Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) is to create a small, intimate community to encourage pre-dents to support one another to become better pre-dental students and share their enthusiasm and interest in dental careers with one another and underclassmen. PPDA plans on having DAT prep sessions and study breaks that encourage manual dexterity. Additionally, they plan to invite distinguished speakers and to organize dental volunteer opportunities.

Princeton Premedical Society (PPMS) The mission of the Princeton Premedical Society is to foster a sense of community among Princeton's aspiring health professionals - undergraduate students with diverse academic interests and a wide range of social and extracurricular experiences.

This student-run, independent Society emphasizes cooperative learning and helps to connect its students with each other, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and alumni who are engaged in medical education and the practice of healthcare or medical research. Activities of the Society typically include providing peer advising, as well as supporting relevant events or trips, determined by members' interests and availability. 

Co-Presidents: Raymond Guo '19 and Esther Choi '19

Princeton Pre-Veterinary Society provides students interested in pursuing careers in the veterinary field with resources, support, and information regarding the veterinary school application process, possible career paths, and other opportunities.

President: Vienna Lunking '20

The Prince­ton Pub­lic Health Review (PPHR) is a student-run publication designed to showcase the outstanding global health research performed by Princeton University undergraduates and to provide a forum for any health-related discussions. All our content is written in-house. When something like a bacterial meningitis outbreak happens on-campus, PPHR will be there to not only break down the health consequences for the student body, but also to analyze whether the University and the State is doing their job to curb the outbreak. Our new goal is to editorialize on relevant local, national, and international events. This upcoming semester, our content is going to focus on taking a stand on a variety of public health issues.

Princeton Tiger Nutrition Initiative (PTNI) is a student organization that partners with the Latin American Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a grassroots nonprofit organization committed to serving the low-income Latino immigrant communities of the Mercer County region. PTNI is committed to facilitating the Latin American community’s access to health care and education. Specifically, our team provides educational materials regarding health and nutrition for both adults and children. We also make  regular donations of fresh produce to the community.

Co-Presidents: Debby Cheng '20 & Asia Kaiser '21

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office is a victim-centered, confidential resource on campus for the Princeton University community. SHARE provides crisis response, support, advocacy, information, and referral services to those who are dealing with incidents of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. SHARE also collaborates with other Campus Life, Princeton University, and community partners to develop, institute, and evaluate prevention and education programs in order to enhance safety, strengthen the campus climate and prevent all forms of sexual misconduct in our community. 

The Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is a student-run organization committed to promoting health and wellness at Princeton.  SHAB members serve as official liaisons between the student body and University Health Services (UHS) to ensure the quality of healthcare provided on campus and to help design a variety of health promotion projects.

Members are expected to use strong communication and teamwork skills to design and implement projects of their interest from start to finish.  In addition to working closely with administration and healthcare providers, many SHAB members also serve on and look to engage other campus groups, such as the Healthier Princeton Advisory Board, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Peer Health Advisors.  SHAB has weekly meetings, though individual project groups typically meet more frequently.  New members are selected from freshmen, sophomores, and graduate students in the late fall through a competitive application and interview process. 

Princeton’s TropicalClinics for Rural Health (TCRH) is the founding student chapter of an initiative led by TropicalClinics, a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit with the mission of building one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of developing nations, starting in Kenya. Through implementing dedicated fundraising efforts and facilitating frequent rural health activism events, TCRH chapters provide direct support for the mission of TropicalClinics to bring quality health care to underserved rural populations in developing nations, while in the process fostering the development of their members as future leaders in the global health field. To receive more information or to be added to the listserv, email tcrhp@princeton.edu.

TropicalClinics is a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit with the mission of building one-of-a-kind health centers in rural areas of developing nations (beginning in Kenya), utilizing a chaptership program that extends across the United States. Simply, we develop philanthropically-funded start-up healthcare clinics. TropicalClinics for Rural Health: Princeton is the founding chapter of the TropicalClinics for Rural Health (TCRH) chaptership program, and the base point for all other chapters across the country serving as the direct liaison between our Kenyan clinic and our nationwide chapters.

President: Priyanka Singh '19

SVC PMPMC is a volunteer project associated with the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. We connect students interested in volunteering in a health care setting with PMPMC’s volunteer program. Volunteers commit to a weekly three-hour shift in one of the units at the hospital (e.g. emergency room, pediatrics, neurology) and primarily work in roles that involve interacting with patients and helping the nursing staff. Duties may include: checking in with patients, translating for patients, transporting patients in wheelchairs, greeting families and visitors, organizing and stripping charts, delivering medications and lab samples, restocking rooms, answering phone calls, and more. Students must go through the hospital’s application process in order to become a volunteer with PMPMC, and this process may take a couple months. For more information about applying, please visit: https://www.princetonhcs.org/volunteer/college-program. For further questions or assistance, please email svcumc@princeton.edu.

Officer:  Nergis Khan '19, Jennie Yang '20
Contact: svcumc@princeton.edu

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Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgeries for children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. They are one the world's largest medical charities with over 5,000 volunteers worldwide. Each Operation Smile surgery costs as little as $240 and can take as little as 45 minutes. Operation Smile is one of the few non-governmental organization's that allow high school, university, and medical students to volunteer on missions.

Relay for Life is an organization whose goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This money will be used to fund cancer research, provide better support resources for cancer patients and survivors, and to raise general awareness about cancer and its effects on daily life. This year, Princeton Relay for Life will have a 6-hour finale event this year, on March 27, along with other smaller events (such as an upcoming 5k) throughout the year with the goal of fundraising and spreading awareness.

Unite for Sight Unite for Sight organizes monthly fundraising events to fund sight-restoring cataract surgeries for patients living in poverty in Ghana.