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The University of Michigan Medical School
Oral History Project
Sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Michigan
Documenting the Health Care Experiences of African Americans in Southeastern Michigan: The Compilation and Dissemination of Primary Resources Relating to Health Care, the Health Professions and the Health Sciences
This project's goal is to learn about the experiences of African Americans in Southeast Michigan during the era of segregated health care, and understand how that affects us today.
Although medical records exist from some black health care workers, and black-owned and -operated hospitals, many such sources are disappearing. In addition, as many African American health professionals and patients who lived through important historical events are now dying, this research has become even more timely and necessary.
The Project Research Team, under the direction of principal investigator Norman L. Foster, M.D., and Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D., is working to fill this information gap by gathering oral histories of African American physicians, nurses, dentists, health care administrators, non-traditional health care providers and patients.
This project also addresses concerns of Michigan health care providers and policymakers who say there is a lack of understanding about the current needs and attitudes of African Americans with regard to health care.
This web site is intended to be a resource for high school, college and university teachers and students, and the public.
A national conference was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan in February 1999 to discuss current health care policy and implications for the future.


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