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Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty

Thomas J. Ward Jr. and H. Jack Geiger


In 1965, as part of the War on Poverty, the Office of Economic Opportunity approved a $1.3 million grant to fund the development of the first two community health centers in the United States: The Tufts–Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, and the Columbia Point Health Center in Boston, which pioneered a health care delivery system that now includes more than 1,200 community centers in every U.S. state, providing care to over 24 million Americans annually. The architect of these centers was Dr. H. Jack Geiger, now known as the father of community medicine, who, along with members o ... More

Keywords: War on Poverty, Mound Bayou Health Center, H. Jack Geiger, Mississippi, Civil Rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190624620
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Ward Jr., author
Professor and Chair, Department of History, Spring Hill College

H. Jack Geiger, author
Professor Emeritus, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College of New York