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Udry, J. Richard; Morris, Naomi M.; & Bauman, Karl E. (1976). Changes in Women's Preferences for the Racial Composition of Medical Facilities, 1969-1974. American Journal of Public Health, 66(3), 284-286. PMCID: PMC1653226


During the late 1960s when federal subsidy of family planning services got into full swing, there was considerable debate among service providers as to whether services for blacks and by blacks might be more acceptable, especially because of the racial sensitivity of the family planning concept during that period. In some cities black community groups organized medical care services for blacks. In a few large cities the entire family planning program was administered by black organizations. Most organizers of subsidized medical care programs accepted the idea that services should be brought physically closer to the recipients. Since, in most cities, neighborhoods are heavily racially segregated, neighborhood health facilities often meant separate places where blacks and whites received subsidized medical care. All of these changes were made in the absence of any systematic information about the preferences of potential service recipients.


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American Journal of Public Health


Udry, J. Richard
Morris, Naomi M.
Bauman, Karl E.