Stanton, TN

Barbara Clinton, formerly director of the Center for Health Services at Vanderbilt, reconnected with local leader Jean Carney in Stanton, Tenn. in October 2017.

The Student Health Coalition helped the community of Stanton conduct health fairs in the late 1970s. In this video clip from 2017, Jean recounts the origin story of the Stanton Community Clinic, still standing today.


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Jean Carney

Jean was a community leader in the 1960s and 1970s in and around Brownsville, Rossville, and Stanton in West Tennessee.  With help from the health fairs conducted by Student Health Coalition (SHC), including students from Meharry and Vanderbilt, Jean helped… Continued

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Jean Carney on the motivation to build the Stanton, Tenn. health clinic

Carney discusses how segregation created healthcare disparities in her community and provides a historical account of the health clinic in Stanton, Tenn. Recorded October of 2017. Continued

Pushback against Douglas Community Health Center

Jean Carney shares how rhetoric against the Black-run Douglas Community Health Center manifested as several false accusations and presented various legal challenges to both the clinic and associated nurse practitioners.   Full footage of Jean Carney at the old Douglas… Continued

Behind the scenes at Douglas Community Health Center

Jean Carney reminisces the early days of Douglas Community Health Center in Stanton, Tenn. Following a brief overview of the clinic’s architectural layout and functional operations, she delves into the impact of race relations on healthcare at the time.  … Continued

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