Mountain People’s Health Councils

Bob Hartmann on the importance of defining health beyond the physical

Bob Hartmann explains how his and many others’ formative experience in rural healthcare and community medicine with the Center for Health Services, Student Health Coalition, and Mountain People’s Health Councils—both as students and young professionals—left a lasting impact on their medical practice today. He expresses gratitude for their influence on his understanding of health and …

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Bob Hartmann on the influence of cultural understandings about death and healing

Bob Hartmann shares about a Stony Fork community member known as Uncle Ben and speaks to the impact of local culture—particularly as it regards matters of death and healing—on rural healthcare. Full footage of Bob Hartmann’s interview with Rick Davidson.  

Bob Hartmann on Appalachian culture and rural healthcare

Bob Hartmann shares a story about one of his patients while working with Mountain People’s Health Councils in Norma, Tennessee. The narrative speaks to the influence of Appalachian culture on rural healthcare and community medicine. Full footage of Bob Hartmann’s interview with Rick Davidson.  

Bob Hartmann on the National Health Service Corps and its role in his development as a young doctor

Bob Hartmann shares about his return to Mountain People’s Health Councils after graduating from Vanderbilt medical school and explains the role of the National Health Service Corps in his education and early professional development. Full footage of Bob Hartmann’s interview with Rick Davidson.  

Sally Kimberly and Rick Davidson on the generosity of local surgeons

Sally Kimberly and Rick Davidson discuss the life-saving assistance from local Scott County surgeons who offered to take free-of-cost patients in need of additional care. Sally describes the deal between her and Chuck Darling and Rick comments on Dave Stanley’s commitment to surgical patients in Oak Ridge. Full footage of Sally Kimberly’s interview with Rick Davidson.  

Sally Kimberly on the professional development of nurses with MPHC

Sally Kimberly describes what became an essential element to her and other nurses’ weekly routines while working in Scotty County: self-directed educational sessions committed to their professional development. She explains that these weekly meetings were both a professional and social support system and encourages all rural health centers to include such get-togethers into their fold of core functions. Full footage of Sally …

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Sally Kimberly’s take on patient education in rural healthcare

Sally Kimberly discusses clinical challenges during her time as a nurse practitioner with Mountain People’s Health Councils in Norma, Tennessee, focusing specifically on the indispensable role of patient education in effective rural healthcare.  Full footage of Sally Kimberly’s interview with Rick Davidson.  

Sally Kimberly on MPHC community boards

Sally Kimberly discusses the challenges of collaborating with community boards on the frontier of a practice largely unfamiliar in Appalachia at the time—community-driven, rural healthcare. Unique to her and other nurse practitioners’ experience was a widespread misunderstanding about their role. Reminiscing about these hurdles, Sally shares what it was like to be a pioneer in the field. She concludes with a commentary on the importance of education in the work …

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