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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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About the African American Health Care project

The purpose of the African American Health Care project is to learn about the experiences African Americans in Southeastern Michigan during the era of segregated health care and how that affects us today. There is currently limited information available to historians, health providers, and health policy planners about the historical context of African American health care. The Project Research Team under the direction of Norman L. Foster, M.D. (Principal Investigator) and Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D. (co-Principal Investigator) is working to fill this information gap by conducting oral histories of African American physicians, nurses, dentists, health care administrators, non-traditional health care providers, and patients. This project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Michigan, has two goals:

To collect and preserve information on the health-care-related history of southeastern Michigan African Americans during the critical period of 1940-1969.
To address concerns regarding the current needs and attitudes of African Americans with regard to health care in this geographic area.

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Conference Objectives

Describe the unique history of African Americans in health and medical care in Southeastern Michigan from 1940 - 1969.
Provide a guide to available resources on the history of African Americans in health care, the health professions, and the health sciences.
Provide a forum to discuss the implications of this history for health care providers, scholars, policymakers, and the community.

At the end of the conference participants will have gained information and knowledge about pertinent multi-cultural health care issues and their policy implications.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The University of Michigan Medical School
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit was established by Charles H. Wright, M.D. to preserve and educate the public on the history, life, and culture of African Americans. The museum serves as a resource center for the enhancement of knowledge and understanding about African Americans and is an excellent forum for discussing past and contemporary health care issues affecting African Americans. Link to map.

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