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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Billboard of the Good Health Plan

During World War II, North Carolina led the nation in the number of draftees rejected for poor health. Alarmed by this statistic, Governor J. Melville Broughton appointed a study commission in 1944. It recommended funding for a four-year medical school at Chapel Hill, an on-campus teaching hospital, and an expansion of medical facilities throughout the state. To build support for this proposal, state leaders organized the Good Health Plan in 1945, using President Frank Porter Graham to lobby for it across the state.