Student Health Coalition

Margaret Ecker on her inspiration to pursue nursing

Margaret Ecker shares about early career pursuits and explains how the Student Health Coalition played a prominent role in steering her toward a life of service through nursing. Full footage of the conversation between Barbara Clinton, Margaret Ecker, and Bernetiae Reed en route from Rossville to Nashville, TN. Recorded June 2nd, 2018.  

Vista member, Jeff Summerville (right), works alongside community volunteer on the Memphis Greenway.

The Student Environmental Health Program

Barbara Clinton delineates the incitement of Vanderbilt’s Student Environmental Health Program following discovery by SHC participants of widespread water contamination in several rural and inner city communities across Tennessee. This student-led organization attracted those from hard science disciplines to tackle the environmental issues underpinning a number of health problems in the surrounding area. Full footage …

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Barbara Clinton on the emergence of Vanderbilt’s Center for Health Services

Barbara Clinton discusses the influence of Vanderbilt’s Student Health Coalition on various subsequent initiatives, speaking specifically to the extension of its core mission and student-led approach to several programs. She focuses on the Center for Health Services and its role in creating space for and supporting the logistics of longer-term relationships between students and local …

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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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Tom John on the Student Health Coalition and community self-determination

Tom John, M.D. comments on his work with the Student Health Coalition in 1971. He shares that one of the most powerful takeaways from this learning experience was an introduction to and participation in the development of community health systems, as well as a cultivated understanding about the value of education and community self-determination to …

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Becca Ingle on the Student Health Coalition and community healthcare

Becca Ingle, R.N., F.N.P. shares about her experience with the Student Health Coalition in the summer of 1974 and discusses its profound influence on later becoming a nurse practitioner. She also explains how the organization facilitated a shift in her understanding of healthcare. Lasting doctor-patient relationships, community mobilization and agency, and equitable allocation of resources …

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