Dr. Michael Shadid taught basic cooperative principles to a group of Oklahoma farmers and showed them how to organize comprehensive prepaid medical care with their own hospital and staff. He was considered a Doctor for the People. He served as first president of the Cooperative Health Federation of America in 1946. He consistently spoke and wrote about his message of cooperative health care: prepayment, group medical practice, comprehensive care, business management by patients representatives, and no lay interference with the professional practice of medicine. He devoted himself to helping people obtain economical, quality health care.