Topic: History of Public Health
Early 20th Century Reforms of Medical Education Worldwide
Working to change US medical education was one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s biggest endeavors in the 1910s and 1920s, extending from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to Beijing, China.
World War I & the Rockefeller Foundation
Global war drew a new philanthropy into relief work.
Timeline: American Foundations and the History of Public Health
Key points in the history of American foundations’ engagement with public health.
Sour Milk: Preventing Infant Mortality with Public Health
Philanthropy’s role in cleaning up the milk supply prompted better federal food safety protections.
Public Health: How the Fight Against Hookworm Helped Build a System
A hundred years ago, hookworm disease was an epidemic across the US South. Northern philanthropy tried to help.
Cover Your Mouth: Controlling an Epidemic Through Hygiene
Century-old tips to prevent infection still make sense today.
Photo Essay: The Rockefeller Sanitary Commission and the American South
Battling hookworm on rural farms laid the groundwork for a global public health system.
The Long Road to the Yellow Fever Vaccine
The yellow fever vaccine developed in the 1930s has been used worldwide ever since. Creating it took years and cost several lives. Some thought it would never happen.