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00:00:03 - Genealogy

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Partial Transcript: Testing, one, two. Interviewing Pam Ramsey.

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her family's history and migration through coal fields in Virginia and West Virginia.

Keywords: Appalachia; Bland, Madge; Bland, Marion; Bluefield (W. Va.); Coal; Coal fields; Coal miners; Coal mining; Coal towns; Gary (W. Va.); Norris, Patrice; Ramsey, Pam; Roanoke (Va.); Vineyard Jr., Albert; Vineyard, Abby; Vineyard, Albert; Vineyard, Bernice; Vineyard, Betty; Vineyard, John; Vineyard, Rita; Virginia; West Virginia

Subjects: Appalachia; Coal; Coal fields; Coal miners; Coal mining; Genealogy; Roanoke (Va.); Virginia; West Virginia

00:05:03 - Childhood in Gary, West Virginia

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Partial Transcript: Uh, so what was it--so you grew up in the coal fields and you grew up in Gary?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her childhood growing up in Wilco, a coal town in West Virginia, and integrating into the public schools of Gary, West Virginia.

Keywords: African Americans in Appalachia; Appalachia; Coal; Coal fields; Coal miners; Coal mining; Coal towns; Gary (W. Va.); Gary High School; Integration; Racial integration; Racial integration in Appalachia; Racial segregation; Racial segregation in Appalachia; Segregation; Wilco (W. Va.); Wilco Coal Company; Wilco Elementary School; Wilco coal town

Subjects: Appalachia; Coal; Coal fields; Coal mining; Race; Segregation; West Virginia

00:07:27 - College years

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Partial Transcript: But, um, it wasn't until, um, I had graduated from high school and, uh, started working that I, you know, got out of that mood. I'm not sure.

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her experiences going to college and her desire to work in the medical industry.

Keywords: Athens (W. Va.); Concord University; Gary (W. Va.); Logan (W. Va.); Logan General Hospital (W. Va.); Princeton Community Hospital; Race; Race in Appalachia; Racial integration; Ramsey, Pam; St. Princeton (W. Va.); United States Steel Corporation; West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Education; Physicians' assistants--Education--United States; Physicians' assistants--Education--West Virginia--Philippi; Physicians' assistants--United States; Physicians' assistants--employment--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:11:03 - Physicians' assistant school

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Partial Transcript: You started in the emergency room?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses being one of the only African Americans to attend Alderson Broaddus University for physicians' assistant school in West Virginia.

Keywords: Alderson Broaddus University; Logan (W. Va.); Logan General Hospital (W. Va.); Philippi (W. Va.); Physicians' assistants; Race and education; Ramsey, Pam; West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Education; Physicians' assistants--Education--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; Physicians' assistants--West Virginia--Philippi; Race in Appalachia; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:13:15 - Struggles with depression

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Partial Transcript: And so your, your, your husband wasn't supportive of the idea of you going back and doing this?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her mother's death, her divorce, and struggles with depression as she was trying to go to school to become a physicians' assistant in West Virginia.

Keywords: Appalachia; Depression; Fairmont University (W. Va.); Healthcare in America; Healthcare in West Virginia; Logan (W. Va.); Logan General Hospital (W. Va.); Mental health; Physicians' assistants; Ramsey, Nicky; Ramsey, Pam; Ramsey, Robin; West Virginia; West Virginia University

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Depression; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; Medical care; Medical care, Cost of; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Education; Physicians' assistants--Education--United States; Physicians' assistants--Education--West Virginia--Philippi; Physicians' assistants--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:20:33 - Becoming a physicians' assistant

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, so you went back to PA school, and--what are you looking--do you need something?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses the forces that motivated her to attend Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia to become a physicians' assistant.

Keywords: Alderson Broaddus University; Education in Appalachia; Physicians' assistants; Ramsey, Pam; West Virginia; Wolfe, Douglas

Subjects: African Americans in medicine; Appalachia; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Education; Physicians' assistants--Education United States; Physicians' assistants--Education--West Virginia--Philippi; Physicians' assistants--Employment; Physicians' assistants--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:24:06 - Experience as a physicians' assistant

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Partial Transcript: Where do you work now?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her work as a physicians' assistant at the Tug River Health Clinic in Gary, West Virginia.

Keywords: Emergency rooms; Gary (W. Va.); Healthcare in America; Healthcare in Appalachia; Healthcare in Kentucky; Healthcare in Tennessee; Healthcare in West Virginia; Hospitals; Long, Demita; Patton, Frankie; Physicians' assistants; Ramsey, Pam; Tug River Health Association (W. Va.); Welch (W. Va.); West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; Medical care--Appalachia; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Employment; Physicians' assistants--Employment--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:28:45 - Hopes and goals as a physicians' assistant

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, okay let's see, um, in your role there at the, uh--it's the Tug River?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her hopes as a physicians' assistant in West Virginia.

Keywords: African American women in healthcare; Bluefield (W. Va.); Bluefield Regional Medical Center; Gary (W. Va.); Healthcare and women; Healthcare in America; Healthcare in Appalachia; Healthcare in West Virginia; Healthcare providers; McDowell County (W. Va.); Princeton (W. Va.); Princeton Community Hospital; Ramsey, Pam; Rural healthcare; Tug River Health Association; West Virginia; Women in healthcare

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; McDowell County (W. Va.); Medical care; Medical care--Appalachia; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Employment; Physicians' assistants--Employment--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:32:18 - Health issues in West Virginia

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Partial Transcript: Let's see, the future! Let's--I want to do two things with you.

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her concern for the health issues, particularly the amount of AIDS, HIV, and teenage pregnancy cases in McDowell County, West Virginia.

Keywords: AIDS in Appalachia; Auto-immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); Coal; Coal companies; Coal fields; Coal industry; Coal towns; HIV; Healthcare in America; Healthcare in Appalachia; Healthcare in West Virginia; McDowell County (W. Va.); Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Ramsey, Pam; Sex education; Sex education in Appalachia; Sex education in West Virginia; Teenage pregnancy; West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in Medicine; Appalachia; Coal; Coal fields; Coal mining; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; McDowell County (W. Va.); Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Employment--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; Sex Education; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:38:08 - Hopes and beliefs as a physicians' assistant

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Partial Transcript: Um, well now what do you see happening for you? Are you going to stay?

Segment Synopsis: Ramsey discusses her work in the community and at the Tug River Health Clinic in Gary, West Virginia as well as her particular beliefs as a medical provider.

Keywords: Behavioral risk assessments; Gary (W. Va.); Health education; Health education in Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare in America; Healthcare in Appalachia; Healthcare in West Virginia; Leukemia; Osteopaths; Osteopathy; Physicians' assistant; Ramsey, Pam; Rural education; Rural healthcare; Tug River Health Association (W. Va.); West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in medicine; Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; Medical care; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Employment--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; Sex education; West Virginia; Women in medicine

00:43:40 - Closing remarks

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, so you're, uh--now you've got one child left at home.

Segment Synopsis: In the closing remarks of the interview, Ramsey discusses her love of medicine as well as her desire to help and provide care for the people of West Virginia as a physicians' assistant.

Keywords: Gary (W. Va.); Physicians' assistants; Ramsey, Pam; West Virginia

Subjects: African Americans in medicine; Appalachia; Healthcare; Healthcare industry; Medical care; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medicine; Physicians' assistants; Physicians' assistants--Employment--United States; Physicians' assistants--United States; West Virginia; Women in medicine