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Dr. Gloria Jackson Bacon

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Director
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1937
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Director
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/21/1937
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Dr. Gloria Jackson Bacon has made a career out of caring for the health and welfare of those less fortunate. Bacon was born on September 21, 1937, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, Henry Johnson, was a postal clerk and her mother, Vina V. Johnson, was a schoolteacher.

Bacon earned a B.S. from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1958. She moved to Chicago to attend medical school, attending the University of Illinois School of Medicine, graduating in 1962. Bacon did not intend to stay in Chicago for an extended period of time. However, the inner-city patients she saw reminded her of the people she knew growing up in Louisiana.

In 1968, Bacon was fired from a publicly supported medical facility at the Altgeld Gardens' Murray Homes on Chicago's South Side for making her views on the need to improve the meager care provided there known. In response, Bacon opened the Clinic in Altgeld, Inc., a not-for-profit agency offering total health care and serving as the primary medical resource for the Altgeld Gardens area. The facility handles 15,000 patients a year. The center was funded out of her personal savings and Medicaid reimbursement until 1991, when it began to receive federal funding. The clinic has greatly improved the health of Altgeld Gardens community residents. When Bacon first opened the clinic, the infant mortality rate was 50.2 per thousand, in 1990 this number was reduced to 9.2 per thousand. In 2001, Bacon retired as medical director of the clinic.

In 1992, Bacon returned to singing. Singing had played an important role in Bacon's early development. She performed in many recitals and concerts throughout her youth and college years, but the demands of practicing medicine took precedence. She has been a featured soloist at Chicago Orchestra Hall, ETA Theater and numerous churches.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon discusses her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon explains how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon describes her two siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gloria Bacon recalls her earliest memory, learning her ABCs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gloria Bacon describes her greatest familial influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gloria Bacon remembers the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gloria Bacon describes her response to being the oldest child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gloria Bacon describes activities in her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gloria Bacon describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gloria Bacon confronts pressure to become a doctor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon recalls memorable moments in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon remembers an influential teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon discusses her limited early exposure to white people in New Orleans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon describes herself as a well-rounded high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon chooses to attend Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gloria Bacon experiences school life in an all-black environment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gloria Bacon describes her experience at Xavier University of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gloria Bacon describes incidents of colorism from her college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gloria Bacon discusses her coursework at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon discovers her interest in singing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon chooses to attend Howard University's Medical School, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon explains her interest in sewing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon finds ways to succeed in medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon considers diversity at Howard University's medical school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gloria Bacon describes her interests in the medical profession
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gloria Bacon discusses the issues that women in medicine face
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gloria Bacon discusses her move to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gloria Bacon experiences a chilling Illinois winter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon becomes pregnant during her second year of medical school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon describes her first job after medical school at a Medicaid clinic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon finds similarities between Altgeld Gardens, Chicago and New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon describes her inspiration for opening a new clinic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon reflects on the opening of her new medical clinic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gloria Bacon discusses the historical and political context of the opening of her clinic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gloria Bacon describes patient volume at her Chicago medical clinic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon discusses the early stages of her medical clinic's development
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon considers the socioeconomic situations of her patients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon considers black self-determination with respect to the healthcare industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon discusses the beginning of her involvement with Chicago's Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon remembers the closing of Chicago's Provident Hospital
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gloria Bacon discusses lessons learned from managing a medical clinic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gloria Bacon describes her experience on the University of Illinois's Board of Trustees
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gloria Bacon speaks to her love for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gloria Bacon describes her concerns and hope for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gloria Bacon discusses elitism in the medical field
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gloria Bacon gives advice for those considering the medical profession
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gloria Bacon discusses her love of writing and performing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Gloria Bacon discusses her legacy, showing care for the black comunity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Photo - Gloria Bacon, valedictorian of her grammar school class
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Gloria Bacon poses as part of Xavier University's homecoming court, 1956
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Gloria Bacon is sworn in as a member of The University of Illinois Board of Trustees
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Gloria Bacon, elementary school spring festival queen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Gloria Bacon with other members of her high school homecoming court
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Gloria Bacon is inducted into the American Academy of Family Physicians