Cora Lee Hill Atkins never failed to remind her women's club members that Jesus was a healer, ... and people in communion with the body and spirit of Christ must necessarily be about the cause of caring for the sick and infirmed in their midst. And, for most women the issues of community health began and ended with sermons about the healing generated by Jesus Christ. Anything less, including health care provided by paid physicians and nurses at local hospitals did not negate requirements for volunteer community health activities, including visits and assistance in the hospitals.
Community Health was always a major priority to African-American mothers in coal mining towns and other places where most children were born at home with the help of mid-wives, ... as was the case with Cora Lee Hill Atkins. Coal mining was dangerous work and not only were men often injured but also killed or crippled for life leaving their wives and children in difficult circumstances wherein medical care by a physician was literally impossible.
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