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The new left and public health the Health Policy Advisory Center, community organizing, and the big business of health, 1967-1975


The new left and public health the Health Policy Advisory Center, community organizing, and the big business of health, 1967-1975



American journal of public health 101(2): 238-249



ISSN/ISBN: 1541-0048

PMID: 21228287

DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2009.189985

Soon after its founding in the politically tumultuous late 1960s, the Health Policy Advisory Center (Health/PAC) and its Health/PAC Bulletin became the strategic hub of an intense urban social movement around health care equality in New York City. I discuss its early formation, its intellectual influences, and the analytical framework that it devised to interpret power relations in municipal health care. I also describe Health/PAC's interpretation of health activism, focusing in particular on a protracted struggle regarding Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. Over the years, the organization's stance toward community-oriented health politics evolved considerably, from enthusiastically promoting its potential to later confronting its limits. I conclude with a discussion of Health/PAC's major theoretical contributions, often taken for granted today, and its book American Health Empire.

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