Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU)

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities. Of the 498 journals in the online database, Project Muse, JHCPU ranks 7th in number of articles downloaded (top 1.4 %). As the owner of JHCPU, Meharry Medical College underscores its central position in the field of public health with an emphasis on the underserved, the field for which JHCPU provides a platform. We publish a wide array of work on the health and health care of the underserved in North and Central America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa (the African Diaspora), addressing issues like:

  • Health care access
  • Quality, costs
  • Legislation
  • Regulations
  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention

Regular features include research papers and reports, literature reviews, policy analyses, and evaluations of noteworthy health care programs, as well as a regular column written by members of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

Regular issues of JHCPU appear quarterly, as they have for the past 23 years (since the journal was founded by then-President Dr. David Satcher). We also produce supplemental issues (three to four in a year) and books [Natural Disasters and Public Health (2009), Free Clinics (2013), Obesity Interventions (2013)], all published by Johns Hopkins University Press

JHCPU is nationally recognized as the pre-eminent venue for research on the health of the underserved, and serves as the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)

Additionally, we attend several major conferences (APHA, NMA, Academy Health, RCMI among others) each year. Please feel free to stop by our exhibit booth during these conferences to discuss our publication and your interests. You may also visit us in person on Meharry's campus (in the LRC, 3rd floor) or reach out to us by telephone (800.669.1269) or e-mail (

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