Liberalism and the Politics of Public Health in New York City

Jan 01, 2011 | by
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I came to the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) to do research for a book about the political economy of healthcare in New York City in the postwar era. Tentatively titled "Separate and Unequal: Public Health and Private Interests in New York City," the book examines medical inequality in the delivery of healthcare to New Yorkers. The Rockefeller Foundation (RF) and the Commonwealth Fund (CF) supported a range of healthcare initiatives, including the implementation of pre-paid health insurance in the 1940s, the creation of standards for graduates of foreign medical schools who wished to continue their postgraduate training in U.S. hospitals as interns and residents in the 1950s, and bio-ethical and bio-medical research in community medicine, the training of educationally disadvantaged African-Americans and Latinos in allied health professions, and the rise of innovative medical school curricula in the sixties and seventies.