The Perkins Perspective

Winter 2014
Volume 6, Issue 2

The Perkins Perspective offer the opportunity to “link, collaborate, and draw together those of a like mind regarding reconciliation and community development,” says Tali Hairston, director of the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. Our contributors share ideas, criticisms, information, and prayers. Our hope is that the Perkins Perspective will remain relevant for another half decade. Max Hunter, PhD, Editor


This Issue's Features

Concierge Medicine: A Bridge From Poverty to HealthConcierge Medicine: A Bridge From Poverty to Health

“In Chicago and Seattle, our poorest families live with the consequences of poverty and limited access to health care,” writes a Seattle physician, who decided to do something about that through a new clinic, HopeCentral.

Breaking Down the Barriers to Health CareBreaking Down the Barriers to Health Care

Stigma can keep children from receiving the behavioral health care that they may need, says one Seattle psychiatrist. But adding behavioral health providers on the primary care team can bridge the gap.



More on Reconciliation

Connecting Health Care and Spiritual Care

At this urban clinic, caring for patients’ spirits is a foundational value that flows out of its commitment to provide top-notch health care.

Two Employees, 30 Volunteer Physicians, 3,600 Patients

An introduction to an award-winning specialty medical clinic that provides comprehensive care to the underinsured and uninsured. 


Setting Up Young Black Men to Succeed

Young black men are being born into a society where they are setup to fail, writes James Norris."That’s not just a black community problem; it’s a societal problem."


A Student Considers Health Care Distribution

"I never quite understood the plight of those without access to health care until I experienced the PacMed's attempts to provide treatment and address social injustice."


Book Reviews

The Pastoral Clinic The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande

Anthropologist Angela Garcia studies heroin addiction in a community by developing relationships with addicts while working at an area clinic.



Black and Blue Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism

“How are we to explain, let alone justify, such broad evidence of racial disparity in a health care system ...?” asks author John Hoberman.



Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy

The decades-long research of historian Susan Reverby details the origins of this infamous study, and how it impacts African-Americans today.


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