Martha Crum is a visiting Assistant Professor at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Prior to this, she was a vice president of marketing research at American Express. She has written on health and incarceration, health disparities, and public discourse and taxes.
In this 1948 New Year’s Day address, NYC Health Commissioner Harry Mustard radiates post-war optimism and faith in the future. He proudly recounts the accomplishments of the previous year in infant and maternal health, food and water safety and venereal disease treatment. He also candidly discusses the resource shortages of the Health Department, as well as the need to do more in the areas of environmental health (smoke from old furnaces was a key issue of the time), tuberculosis, chronic disease and mental hygiene. In short, he sounds like he is giving a report from NYC’s current model for action, “Take Care, New York”.