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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 01/29/99
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Medical Historian Speaks about African-American Role in Health Care

Cincinnati—The University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Heritage Center, a unit of Academic Information Technology and Libraries, welcomes Susan L. Smith, PhD, associate professor of history and women's studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Smith will speak about her prize-winning book, Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Smith's book is a historical examination of the role African-Americans played in health care reform. Serving as midwives, nurses, and doctors, these individuals began an unbroken line of health activism that continues today. Her visit is the first presentation of an educational series called African-American Experience in Health Care. The program is aimed at high school and college students and sponsored by the UC's Medical Heritage Center and the Ohio Humanities Council.

"The goal of the African-American Experience in Health Care series is to educate students about history and health care professions and to encourage them to consider health care careers," says Stanley Troup, MD, professor emeritus and organizer of the program. "We believe that sharing information about the history and contributions of African-Americans in health care is one step toward achieving this goal."

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