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More Than MedicineA History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement$
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Jennifer Nelson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.001.0001

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“Medicine May Be the Way We Got in the Door”

“Medicine May Be the Way We Got in the Door”

Social Justice and Community Health in the Mid-1960s

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More Than Medicine

Jennifer Nelson

NYU Press

This chapter traces the emergence of the Neighborhood Health Center movement from the civil rights and New Left movements. Health care was fundamentally linked to the eradication of poverty and the social inequalities that sustained poverty. Neighborhood Health Centers built by these campaigns for broad health promotion that advocated economic, social, and legal equalities paved the way for today's Community Health Centers. The health care movement that came out of the civil rights movement, however, also linked preventive care to addressing the lack of power held by the poor to craft solutions to their own problems. They believed that community health care could be used to mobilize people to fight against economic and social inequalities that produced cyclical poverty and ill health linked to factors such as lack of access to healthy food, clean drinking water, or adequate housing.

Keywords:   Neighborhood Health Center, community health care, poverty eradication, social inequalities, economic inequalities

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