The Student Health Coalition Archive Project describes a collaboration between underserved communities and college students in the 1960s through the 1980s. The goal of the collaboration: improve access to health care, by means of community organizing, primarily in the rural south.
The archive represents an innovative community-driven approach to preserving history, weaving together individual stories and memories that in the aggregate build a narrative about the work, the era, community organizing, and health care delivery.
This website serves as a portal to the Archive, and an invitation to participate.
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Lewis Lefkowitz highlights Marie Cirillo’s contributions to the work of the Student Health Coalition and discusses the role of nursing in promoting public health. Recorded December 1, 2015. Full footage of his recollection about the development of the Student Health … Continued
Lewis Lefkowitz recalls what facilitated the Student Health Coalition’s success. He discusses the organization’s framework of community mobilization and agency, and furthermore highlights the leadership legacy of Kate and JW Bradley. Recorded December 1, 2015. Full footage of his recollection … Continued
During discussion with Randall and Meryl Rice about Medicaid expansion, Barbara Clinton comments on the role of psychological defensive denial in both the rejection of reality and voting against one’s best interest. Recorded June 2, 2018. Full footage of Randall … Continued
Randall and Meryl Rice discuss misconceptions about and resulting aversions to Medicaid expansion, as well as the repercussions of refusing to adopt it—namely, rural hospital closures. Recorded June 2, 2018. Full footage of their discussion about rural healthcare.
Meryl Rice recalls her family’s business encounters with Byron De La Beckwith (prior to his murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers) and speaks to their horror at learning what he’d committed. Recorded June 2, 2018. Full footage of Randall … Continued
Meryl Rice shares about her family’s history and how it’s inspired her to help others. Recorded June 2, 2018. Full footage of Randall and Meryl’s discussion about rural healthcare.
Randall and Meryl Rice discuss the influence of Tennessee’s political climate on Medicaid expansion and affordable healthcare in rural communities and introduce the resolution which developed in response, an initiative known as Insure Tennessee. They highlight the importance of applying … Continued
Meryl Rice shares an enrollment success story focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act across party lines. Her assistance in this case speaks to the importance of the expansion of affordable healthcare, particularly in low-income rural communities where … Continued
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