JHCPU on Project MUSEJohns Hopkins University Press becomes the publisher of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, which is now published in print in a larger format and as part of Project MUSE®, an online aggregator of journal content.

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), a professional organization based in the Washington, DC area, becomes JHCPU’s official affiliated organization. Dr. Kyu Rhee, the President of the Board of ACU joins the Editorial Board of JHCPU. Dr. Virginia Brennan, editor of JHCPU, joins the Board of Directors of ACU. 

Photo: JHCPU on Project MUSE®.


Natural Disasters and Public HealthIn August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina made visible to the world many of the problems that JHCPU discusses and works to create solutions for every day. Many of these issues are often invisible to the general population in the United States. JHCPU published a special issue on Katrina, which evolved into the 2009 book: Disasters and Public Health: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma (V. Brennan, ed., JHUP).

Photo: Disasters and Public Health: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, edited by Virginia M. Brennan.


Clifton Orrin Dummett, Sr.JHCPU’s impact factor was .85. In the past, the impact factor had been ranked as high as 6th among all journals in social work; 26th in health policy and services; 24th in Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health. The impact factor of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal.

Dr. Clifton Dummett, Sr., who had served as the former editor of the National Dental Association Journal and was a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, begins contributing to JHCPU regularly and becomes a valued advisor to the Journal. (Dr. Dummett died, after a world-class career, at the age of 92 in 2011.)

Dr. John Maupin completes his last year as President of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Maupin, who moved on to become President of Morehouse School of Medicine, had strengthened JHCPU with his firm backing of the Journal throughout his Presidency of Meharry. 

Photo: Clifton Orrin Dummett, Sr., DDS.


Dr. Wayne RileyDr. Wayne Riley became the 10th President of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Riley served as an important advisor, contributor, and supporter of JHCPU.

Meharry Medical College established the A. Cherrie Epps Center for Educational Development and Support in recognition of Dr. Epps’ efforts to foster excellence in learning and teaching medicine, dentistry, graduate studies, and research. Dr. Epps advised the Journal editorial staff during this period, as she continues to do today (in her capacity as Meharry’s 11th President).

Photo: Dr. Wayne Riley, 10th President of Meharry Medical College.


Dr. John T. ChissellIn the preceding two years, JHCPU electronic use rates (through Johns Hopkins University Press’s Project MUSE) ranked 53rd out of MUSE’s 349 journals, with approximately 50,000 downloads of JHCPU articles per year.

Dr. John Chissell, a member of the JHCPU Editorial Board and a Meharry graduate, dies. Dr. Chissell’s work on the notion of Optimal Health was important for many people in the field of health for underserved populations. 

Photo: John T. Chissell, MD.