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Oral history interview with Evelyn Schmidt, February 9, 1999

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Creator:Schmidt, Evelyn, 1926?-
Creator:Kaplan, Ann
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Evelyn Schmidt, February 9, 1999
Date:1999 Feb. 9

Dr. Evelyn Schmidt left the South after earning her undergraduate and medical degrees at Duke University, convinced that her liberal political views alienated her from a racially and economically polarized region. When she returned in the early 1970s to head the Durham Community Medical Center, she found a city transformed by desegregation, but with a new set of challenges posed by enduring poverty and an influx of new immigration. In this interview, Schmidt shares her beliefs about the importance of providing access to health care, the need for preventive medicine, her fears about a rising uninsured population, and the challenges of bilingualism. As she discusses these issues she describes not only her philosophy but also the needs of a changing community and the connections between race, class, nationality, and health.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Schmidt, Evelyn D., 1926?- | Women physicians--North Carolina | Durham (N.C.)--Social conditions | Women pediatricians--North Carolina--Durham | Women physicians--North Carolina--Durham | Lincoln Community Health Center (Durham, N.C.) | Medical centers--North Carolina--Durham | Poor--Medical care--North Carolina--Durham | Poor--Services for--North Carolina--Durham | African Americans--Medical care--North Carolina--Durham | Latin Americans--Medical care--North Carolina--Durham | Equality--Health aspects--North Carolina--Durham | United States, North Carolina, Durham County, Durham, 35.9940329, -78.898619
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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