Stacey B. Plichta is a Professor of Health Policy & Management at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She has authored numerous articles on women’s health and health policy, and is the co-author of Munro’s Statistical Methods for Healthcare Research. Most recently she authored a series of briefs for the general public on sexual violence and abuse in Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts and Recovery (edited by Judy Postmus).
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”.