Student Health Coalition Reunion Materials, 2009 and 2013, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

Files transferred from the William W. Dow Papers (#05612) that document two Student Health Coalition reunions. One attended by Dow in 2009, and another hosted in Nashville in 2013 after Dow’s death in 2012. Materials include correspondence between former coalition members including Rick Davidson, Lark Hayes, Margaret Ecker, Mary Ruth Martin, Tom John, John Davis, Virginia Munford and Rod Lorenz among others, photographs from 1970s, planning materials for the 2013 reunion, reports related to the coalition (1970-1974), scrapbooks made for the 2013 reunion, and programs from Dow’s memorial service in Nashville in 2013. Digital material include videos of the Center for Health Services and the Student Health Coalition shown during the reunions, and photographs taken during the 2009 reunion. An Addition of September 2017 (Acc. 103150) consists of digital photographs and videos documenting the 2013 reunion.

An Addition of September 2017 (Acc. 103150) includes video and audio (digital files) recorded by videographer Rob Cheplicki, who was hired by the participants of the Student Health Coalition archive project to document a May 2013 gathering that they organized at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The gathering included a series of presentations relating to the Coalition’s history and legacy in healthcare, environmental, and legal advocacy work in the Appalachian region, and discussions and deliberations on the process of developing an archive to tell the story of the Coalition’s work. Presenters at the gathering included . Topics discussed during these sessions include rural healthcare, community development, the role of the Tennessee Primary Care Association, the history of Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM), the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), and community-driven archives work. There is also an audio recording of a memorial service for Student Health Coalition co-founder Bill Dow, which took place during the Nashville gathering. The accession also includes a number of individual oral history interviews conducted at the May 2013 gathering. Interviewees include: Carolyn Burr, Dal Macon, Joe (Pete) Moss, Lewis Lefkowitz, Maureen O’Connell, Charles (Boomer) Winfrey, and William V. Corr. Interviews were conducted by Rob Cheplicki, Lark Hayes, Margaret Ecker, and Mary Ruth Martin. Additionally, the addtion contains edited video clips recorded by former Student Health Coalition members Lark Hayes, James Thomas John and Margaret Ecker during their return trip to East Tennessee in the spring of 2013. These recordings include clips of interviews conducted with Bill Dow, Betty Anderson, J.W. Bradley, Kate Bradley, Marie Cirillo, Maureen O’Connell, Charles (Boomer) Winfrey, and Art Van Zee. Also includes an excerpt from a 1973 Appalshop documentary called “Appalachian Genesis,” and a short documentary about the history of Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM, later known as Statewide Organizing Community eMpowerment).

Student Health Coalition Reunion Materials, 2009 and 2013, in the Student Health Coalition Project Collection #5649, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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