Srila Sen, MA becomes the second editor of the JHCPU.

Beginning in 1995, the Journal, while still owned by and edited at Meharry Medical College—was acquired by commercial publisher Sage Publications. The production, binding, distribution, and marketing of the journal were the publisher’s responsibility. Meharry’s Journal office continued to conduct all editorial work and to manage the double-blind peer review process that had been in place from the inception of the Journal.

Photo: Meharry Medical College, established 1876.


A forward written by Dr. Satcher, founder of the JHCPU, is published in volume seven of theJournal. The forward, The Aging of America, discusses the growth of the population aged 65 and older and its increased life expectancy. At the time of this publication, Dr. Satcher was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The Aging of America, by David Satcher, MD, PhD

Photo: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 1996.


In 1997 SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) was created to insure children in families with too much income to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford private insurance. SCHIP represents a fine balance, designed to maintain equilibrium between states and the federal government, as well as between political conservatives and liberals. It contains elements of both an entitlement program and a block-grant.

In volume 8, issue 1 of the JHCPU, 1997 issue, Earnestine Willis and Robert M. Kilegan suggest that in monitoring W-2 (a bold welfare initiative entitled “Wisconsin Works”), several important principles should be considered to ensure that families become financially independent and able to maintain secure lifestyles for their children. Their article focused on Wisconsin’s welfare reform and stated that like most states now and during that time, Wisconsin sought increased state flexibility in federalized programs. 

Wisconsin’s Welfare Reform and Its Potential Effects on the Health of Children, by Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH and Robert M. Kliegman, MD


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In a volume 9, issue 2 guest editorial by Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-García, the authors discuss cultural humility versus cultural competency. Tervalon and Garcia write that cultural humility incorporates a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, to redressing the power imbalances in the patient-physician dynamic, and to developing mutually beneficial and nonpaternalistic clinical and advocacy partnerships with communities on behalf of individuals and defined populations.

Cultural Humility Versus Cultural Competence: A Critical Distinction in Defining Physician Training Outcomes in Multicultural Education, by Melanie Tervalon, MD, MPH and Jann Murray-García, MD, MPH

Photos: Cultural humility.