Lecture: Brooklyn’s Public Health, Past and Present

I co-presented this lecture at a public event for Master in Public Health students at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus on September 12, 2011.

Our goal was to highlight the ways that the Othmer Library at Brooklyn Historical Society could be used to research a wide range of public health issues.

My colleague, Public Historian Julie Golia, traced the history of public health through moments in Brooklyn’s history: Native American civilization, wars and disease, yellow fever and urban growth, parks and wellness, real estate marketers, contagious disease, sewage and sanitation, and civil rights.

I presented the primary sources in our collections, and taught attendees how to utilize our library’s resources and services.

Katz, Robin M. and Julie Golia. “Public Health, Past and Present: Stories from Brooklyn Historical Society.” Orientation event for Master of Public Health students: “Brooklyn’s Health: Past, Present, and Future.” Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Brooklyn, NY. September 12, 2011.
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