James Lovett

James Lovett first encountered the Student Health Coalition as a young patient at the 1970 or 1971 health fair in Norma, Tenn. In this clip of an interview with Caryl Carpenter and Rick Davidson, learn directly from Lovett about his personal and professional development that led to later becoming the CEO of Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc.

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James Lovett’s childhood experience at the Norma Health Fair

James Lovett, CEO of Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc., shares the humorous tale of his experience as a 7 or 8-year-old patient at the Norma Health Fair. See the full length interview to learn more about James Lovett’s legacy with… Continued

Diane Lauver Interviews by Student Health Coalition Members, 6-7 November 2019

This series consists of interviews conducted by Student Health Coalition members, 6-7 November 2019 in Oneida, Elgin, and Robbins, Scott County, Tenn. The interviews were conducted by Diane Lauver, Anne Dierdorff Thomas, and Irwin Venick, and the interviewees were James… Continued


A comprehensive history (1974-2023) of a vibrant community-owned and community-operated clinic network in East Tennessee composed by Caryl Carpenter 2024   I came to East Tennessee in December of 1975. The Board of Directors of Mountain People’s Health Councils (MPHC)… Continued

Post-health fair formation of community councils and the origins of MPHC in Tennessee

As part of the Student Health Coalition Archive Project, Caryl Carpenter and Rick Davidson meet with James Lovett, CEO of Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc. Their primary objective is to collect a firsthand account from Lovett and in so doing,… Continued

MPHC: rural health clinic or federally qualified community health center?

James Lovett, CEO of Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc., recalls when and how he first discovered the differences between rural health clinics, community health centers, and the public health department, along with what it meant for MPHC to be a… Continued

Notes from the road: Mountain People’s Health Councils

[Story contributed by Caryl Carpenter] On October 23rd, 2017, a doctor, a lawyer, an archivist, and an old lady started out to make history, or more accurately, to record history – the history of Mountain People’s Health Councils (MPHC) in… Continued

The role of themes and tendrils in packaging the Coalition narrative

John Davis reflects on the process of being involved in the archive project, noting the joy of collectively rediscovering the Coalition narrative and the challenge of packaging it according to over-arching themes and other common threads. Biff Hollingsworth adds that,… Continued