A report by American Women's Hospitals covering their efforts to establish a public health program in Whitley County, Kentucky. (From DHT doc: Report describing the American Women’s Hospitals’ (AWH) public health and health education activities in Whitley County, Kentucky during the Depression. Typescript illustrated with pasted-in photographs.)
Why It Matters
The AWH met the geographic and public health challenges of Appalachia through a holistic approach that went beyond distributing medicines and performing mass vaccinations and inoculations. The AWH, with the help of the local community, distributed educational information, in public places, presented educational lectures, built clean and safe latrines and wells, promoted maternal health, and launched an aggressive nutrition education campaign. This report reflects the significant impact of the AWH’s varied activities in just one year in Whitley County.
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Analyze this evidence
- As described in this report, what are some of the characteristics of Whitley County? Why would these characteristics pose a challenge to the doctors of the AWH?
- What are some of the ways the AWH attempted to prevent disease and improve the overall health of the people of the county?