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For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform


Health care reform has been a contentious political issue in the United States for more than a hundred years. From the beginning of the 20th century to today, citizens have made their voices heard in these debates. For All the People tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary people helped shape the changing American health care system. 


All events related to the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Presentations - Data Governance in the Era of Digital Health and Evaluation of Community Interventions Using Electronic Health Data by doctoral students, Carlene Mayfield and Maggie Gigler
Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Academy for Public Health Innovation (APHI)
Location: Room 125 (1st Floor), Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

The Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI) is a novel collaborative between Mecklenburg County Public Health and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte designed to advance the health of our community. APHI’s core is built around the application of data and best evidence to understand and address community health needs.


Film Screening: Fix It - Healthcare at the Tipping Point
Wednesday, August 29, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Halton Reading Room (1st Floor), Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion:

Moderator: Pressly Gilbert, MD - Dr. Gilbert is a retired orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Charlotte.


Denise Finck-Rothman, MD - Dr. Finck-Rothman is a family practitioner who currently volunteers at the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

Susan Rucker, PhD - Dr. Rucker, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Interprofessional Health Studies at Queens University.

Karen Garloch - Karen Garloch recently retired from the Charlotte Observer, where she was the health reporter.

Trailer: Fix It - Healthcare at the Tipping Point


Presentation and talk by Dr. John Clarkson from Health Care Justice - North Carolina
Thursday, August 30, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: Halton Reading Room (1st Floor), Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

Dr. John Clarkson will give a slide show presentation and answer questions. After retiring as chair of the ophthalmology department at University of Miami’s Miller Medical School/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Clarkson served as Dean of the Medical School, and later President of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He will be assisted by other members of Health Care Justice - North Carolina to answer questions.

Health Care Justice - North Carolina is the Charlotte, NC chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. PNHP is a non-profit research and education organization of over 21,000 medical professionals and members of the general public who support single-payer national health insurance.​ Health Care Justice - North Carolina also supports local and state issues, like expanding Medicaid and community health, but the principal focus is national reform.


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This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Lesson Plans

Discover lesson plans for grade levels 7-10 that can help you integrate the exhibit and the program into your curriculum, as well as course content that can be used in higher education.



Would you like to bring your high school class to view the exhibit and/or attend the programs?  

Would you like to discuss ideas for incorporating the exhibit and program into classes, including assignments, in-class activities and extra credit opportunities for program participation?  

Please contact Atkins Librarian Beth Auten to help coordinate your visit or to discuss ideas.

We need your feedback!  If you do incorporate the exhibit, program and/or lesson plans into your classes, please take a moment to share with us. 

Did you know...

  • Community members can borrow materials from Atkins Library by purchasing a community borrower card.
  • UNC Charlotte Alumni can apply for an alumni card to gain free access to the print library collection. 
  • UNC Charlotte Alumni have free access to JSTOR through the alumni portal.
  • Community members can access Atkins Library online resources from the guest computers in Atkins Library.