During the 1970s and 1980s, due to funding cuts and poor administration, the Delta Hospital and Health Center suffered a series of setbacks until the eventual closure of the hospital in 1984. The renamed Delta Health Center was rejuvenated under the leadership of L.C. Dorsey, who returned to Mound Bayou and took over as the center’s director in the late-1980s. The legacy of the health center, its emphasis on the social determinants of health—including education, preventative care, nutrition, and the environment—is examined in light of the half-century since the inception of War on Poverty and its current role in delivering health care in the era of the Affordable Care Act.
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