Topic: Medicine & Public Health
Key points in the history of American foundations’ engagement with public health.
A hundred years ago, hookworm disease was an epidemic across the US South. Northern philanthropy tried to help.
Rockefeller Foundation agriculture programs begun in Mexico achieved global reach through four major research institutes. Building them was the result of partnership.
Two decades of funding helped legitimize the study of psychiatry as a medical issue, not a problem of character.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s first intensive agriculture endeavor is now credited with launching the global transformation known as the “Green Revolution.”
In the 1980s, critics argued that some groups had been left behind by the Green Revolution.
In the aftermath, Foundation staff struggled to rectify their organization’s involvement with this weapon of mass destruction.