Dr. Jack Geiger, Creator of U.S. Community Health Center Model, Presents Grand Rounds on October 13th

New York, NY (October 6, 2017) – Jack Geiger, MD, MSciHyg, will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s October Grand Rounds. His presentation, titled “America’s Community Health Centers: origins and future,” will enable learners to understand the creation of the discipline of community-oriented primary care in apartheid South Africa, to trace the political process by which this model of health care was created and developed in the United States, and to examine the spread of this model to 142 nations with widely varying systems of health care.

Dr. Geiger, M.D., M.SCI.HYG., SC.D. (HON) is the Arthur C. Logan Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine, City University of New York Medical School. He has previously served as Professor and Chair of Community Medicine at Tufts University and SUNY-Stonybrook medical schools and Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  His professional career has been devoted to the problems of health, poverty, and civil and human rights. In 1965, he initiated the community health center model in the U.S., combining primary care, public health interventions, and community development and empowerment initiatives, and he directed the first two centers, in the Mississippi Delta and urban Boston – the prototypes for what is now a national network providing comprehensive primary care to 24 million low-income people.  He is a founding member and past president of two organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: Physicians for Social Responsibility (1985) and Physicians for Human Rights (1998). He was a founding member and the national program coordinator of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, a co-founder of one of the earliest chapters of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) and, over the seven decades beginning in 1942, the initiator of multiple campaigns to end racial segregation and discrimination in hospitals and medical schools.  He has also led missions to document war crimes and other human rights violations in South Africa, the West

Dr. Geiger is a founding member and past president of two organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: Physicians for Social Responsibility (1985) and Physicians for Human Rights (1998). He was a founding member and the national program coordinator of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, a co-founder of one of the earliest chapters of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) and, over the seven decades beginning in 1942, the initiator of multiple campaigns to end racial segregation and discrimination in hospitals and medical schools.  He has also led missions to document war crimes and other human rights violations in South Africa, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Iraq, Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, video conferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency in Kingston, NY.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, October 13th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue), 2nd Floor. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30am.

Grand Rounds are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month.