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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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Using “A Worn Path” to Explore Contemporary Health Disparities in a Service-Learning Course

Using “A Worn Path” to Explore Contemporary Health Disparities in a Service-Learning Course

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(p.202) Using “A Worn Path” to Explore Contemporary Health Disparities in a Service-Learning Course
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Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty
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Casey Kayser

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0028

This chapter focuses on teaching Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” in a service-learning Medical Humanities course for premedical students, in which we consider Phoenix Jackson's race, class, gender, age, and rural home, and how the physical, environmental, and human obstacles she faces on her journey to the physician's office are symbolic of the challenges her positionality poses for access to healthcare. In the course, students shadow physicians and complete service work at community agencies such as a hospice home, the veteran’s hospital, and through mobile outreaches where they deliver food and supplies in rural areas. Making connections between their work in the community and our analysis of Phoenix’s journey leads students to more clearly understand contemporary disparities in health treatment and access that may be a result of racial, geographical, environmental, and socioeconomic factors.

Keywords:   Service-Learning, Premedical, Medical Humanities, Health disparities, “A Worn Path”

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