Byrd Duncan

Janie Hiserote on Byrd Duncan

Janie Hiserote talks about the dynamics between practitioners and the boards of the community clinics. She speaks candidly about the disagreements she had with community leader Byrd Duncan, which ultimately led to her resignation.   Full footage of the interview with Janie Hiserote, Kaye Bultemeier, and Chuck Darling from October 25, 2017.

Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

This collection of records includes administrative papers from several divisions of the 1933 federally established corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), such as correspondence, general reports, financial statements, work stoppages and strikes records, cartographic records, photographs, and audiovisual recordings of daily operations and special projects. These span from 1917-1994 with the bulk created between 1933-1986. Records …

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Bill Dow as a community organizer in Appalachia

Maureen O’Connell and Charles “Boomer” Winfrey reflect on Bill Dow‘s character and personal philosophy about community organizing. They describe him as an other-oriented person driven by creative, actionable service and mutually respectful relationships best illustrated by his perception of and interaction with the locals as his heroes. Recorded on May 20, 2013.   Full footage …

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David Morrow on the personal legacy of his student activism

I became involved with the Appalachian Student Health Coalition when I was an undergraduate at Vanderbilt. In 1977, the summer after my graduation, I worked as a community organizer in Copperhill, Tenn., where the Coalition concentrated on environmental and occupational health issues. In the fall of 1977, one of the co-directors of the SHC resigned …

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Deborah Cogswell Photograph Album, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

Photograph album compiled by Deborah Cogswell, circa 1971, with images from her time with the Student Health Coalition. The images document her experiences in several Appalachian communities, including: White Oak, Briceville, Sneedville, Cosby and Deer Lodge, Tenn., and Grethel (Floyd County), Ky.  Images depict health fairs put on by the Student Health Coalition, Cogswell’s host …

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Article: “Second Health Fair in Progress,” from the Oak Ridger

Lunsford, Larry. “Second Health Fair In Progress.” Oak Ridger, 1971. View PDF. Transcription: A second “Health Fair” is currently in progress at the Briceville Elementary School in the Briceville Community west of Lake City. (It continues through Friday.) Sponsored by the Briceville People’s Health Council, the project was first conducted at the end of July, 1970. It …

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“For several years after that episode, the family sent me a card on their daughter’s birthday, thanking me for saving her life.”

[Story contributed by Margaret Ecker, RN, MSN] My first job as a nurse practitioner began around 1975, in a Briceville, Tenn. community-run clinic housed in a trailer and managed by a local board chaired by the venerable Byrd Duncan. A handful of other new nurse practitioners were working their own clinics, 20 or 30 or …

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