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

The Geiger Gibson Program at Milken Institute SPH helped support the research on which the book is based

The remarkable individuals who founded the first rural community health center in Bolivar County, Mississippi more than 50 years ago led “a radical assault on both the medical and the social status quo,” writes Thomas J. Ward Jr. in his new book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, published by Oxford University Press. The story is as “urgent today as it was a half century ago,” according to Publisher’s Weekly.

On November 17, Ward, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, along with Dr. H. Jack Geiger, Project Director of the Tufts-Delta Health Center and other leaders in the field, participated in a book launch event held at CUNY School of Public Health. Professor Ward read excerpts from the book followed by a panel discussion about the community health movement and the implications for health care, policy and practice, especially in rural parts of the United States.

RCHN Community Health Foundation provided grant support for the project in conjunction with other funders and is a co-sponsor of the launch event along with the National Association of Community Health Centers. The event was also sponsored by the Geiger Gibson Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, which helped support the research on which the book is based.