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Vance H. Chavis field training report (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Field Training Report New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24th to May 29th /by Vance H. Chavis, Health Education Trainee: typescript carbon

Photograph; 8 x 10 inches; black and white: Chest X-Ray Unit at the Magnolia Street Project



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Primary Creator: Chavis, Vance H.

Extent: 2.0 Items

Date Acquired: 02/21/2011

Subjects: Health education, Medical care - Louisiana, Minorities - Housing, New Orleans (La.) - Housing, Public housing

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Vance H. Chavis was one of three students sent for field training in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the Health Education Program for the New Orleans Department of Health. Under the direction of M.E. Kossack, City Supervisor of Public Health Education, Chavis from North Carolina Central University, and Ada Boyd, and Vernon H. Olson from the University of North Carolina were assigned to analyze health problems in New Orleans and develop health programs. Chavis, as the only African American student, was assigned to the low-cost housing projects of Calliope, Magnolia, Lafitte, and St. Bernard, which were segregated from housing projects designated for the White population. The main objective was to plan and conduct chest X-rays and survey the status of tuberculosis in the community. Another objective was to assist in the organization of groups and programs to address other health needs in the community, such as venereal disease and child health issues. Chavis organized and promoted the mobile chest X-raying unit, conducted discussions with tenant leaders to address issues, scheduled presentations and films for the community, and worked with various public health nurses assigned to the various clinics and programs available to the tenants of the projects.

The report created by Chavis contains day-to-day narratives, which details program activities and people; living conditions; statistics for the tenant population, education, and religion; and listings of various clubs and social organizations within the tenant community. The field report also contains Chavis' statistics of attendance for film showings, meetings and conferences, and the ephemeral flyers and brochures produced during the program. Of interest is a listing of FPHA (Federal Public Housing Authority) Aide Project Personnel, which distinguishes between the various housing projects in the city of New Orleans according to "Negro Projects," "White Projects," and "War Projects." Additional items include a statistical report by the Housing Authority of New Orleans titled "Project Services and Activities Report (Negro) from November 1, 1946 through April 30, 1947." This report lists activities in health, education, and recreation taking place within the various public housing projects in the city. Also of interest are statistics and reports (January - April 1947) for the City of New Orleans documenting diseases and morbidity for the White and Black population. Lastly, news clippings about the program were collected by Chavis and a photograph of mobile chest X-ray unit at the Magnolia Projects are contained in the report

Biographical Note

Chavis was one of three students sent for field training in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the Health Education Program for the New Orleans Department of Health. Under the direction of M.E. Kossack, City Supervisor of Public Health Education, Chavis from North Carolina Central University and Ada Boyd and Vernon H. Olson from the University of North Carolina were assigned to analyze health problems in New Orleans and develop health programs. Chavis the only African American student was assigned to the low-cost housing projects of Calliope, Magnolia, Lafitte, and St. Bernard, which were segregated from housing projects designated for the White population. The main objective was to plan and conduct chest X-rays and survey the status of Tuberculosis in the community. Another objective was to assist in the organization of groups and programs to address other health needs in the community, such as venereal disease and child health issues. Chavis organized and promoted the mobile chest X-raying unit, conducted discussions with tenant leaders to address issues, scheduled presentations and films for the community, and worked with various public health nurses assigned to the various clinics and programs available to the tenants of the projects.

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Health education
Medical care - Louisiana
Minorities - Housing
New Orleans (La.) - Housing
Public housing

Administrative Information

Repository: Amistad Research Center

Access Restrictions: The Field Training Report New Orleans, Louisiana by Vance H. Chavis is available for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Sylvia Patterson

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Related Materials: There are five oral history transcripts of interviews with Vance H. Chavis available as part of the GreensboroVOICES Collection at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information please see http://library.uncg.edu/dp/crg/personbio.aspx?c=29.

Preferred Citation: Vance H. Chavis Field Training Report (New Orleans, Louisiana), Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Processing Information: The processing of this collection was completed in April 2011.

Other Note: A complete biographical sketch of Vance H. Chavis can be found at the Civil Rights Digital Library hosted by the University of Georgia Libraries.

Other URL: http://crdl.usg.edu/people/c/chavis_vance_h_1906_1998/?Welcome


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Verso reads: "Vance Chavis - Health Ed. Trainee, Field Training, N.O. La."

Stamped recieved by the Housing Authority of N.O., Magnolia Street Project, May 28, 1947.

Number: 1103



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