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THE PALMOLIVE GIRL During the early 1900s, Palmolive was the world’s best-selling soap. In the name of public health (and also increasing its number of users per family), Palmolive issued posters showing children as happy and healthy users of its product. Today, we thank Palmolive for its efforts to...

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THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE Soon after the turn of the 20th century, public health nurses became a very important part of the budding American healthcare system. They traveled by horse to remote locations, visiting homes and schools and workplaces to help those in need. The public health nurse was...

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POLIO PIONEERS More than 1.6 million children, known as “polio pioneers,” participated in the polio vaccine trials of 1954. Dr. Jonas Salk had presented his findings for a cure to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1953, which then took a “calculated risk” by helping to make the...

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NURSE WEIGHS YOUNG BOY Here we see a school nurse weighing a child as part of an examination. Notice the posters in the upper left and right encouraging African-Americans to visit their doctor or clinic.

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SIX DOMAINS OF PREPAREDNESS Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, it was clear that our country needed improved capabilities to respond to emergency situations. Here is a CDC poster outlining the six areas of concentration for public health during times of emergency or disaster.

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Taneika Hill, Euclid The City of Euclid became the first community in our jurisdiction to pass Tobacco 21 legislation. City Council member Taneika Hill was instrumental in leading the effort along with Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, Euclid Police, local retailers, and Euclid High School students. The success of Euclid’s...

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CHARITY HOSPITAL NURSES Opened “against the backdrop of a soul-searing Civil War and a spirit saddened by the assassination of a president,” St. Vincent Charity Hospital filled a void in Cleveland’s healthcare landscape. Mother Augustine was the first superior of the hospital. She and seven Sisters took up their...

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FOOD INSPECTION KADENA AIR BASE A public health officer from the U.S. Marine Corps leads an inspection of a food facility at Kadena Air Base in Japan. Food inspections have become much more hands-on and collaborative over the past 25 years. As a result, we learn more about each...

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COUNTY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga, a consortium featuring CCBH, Case Western Reserve University and dozens of other community organizations, released the county’s first health improvement plan in 2017. HIP-Cuyahoga is focused on building opportunities for everyone in Cuyahoga County to be healthy. Learn more at www.hipcuyahoga.org

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SWIPING DOORWAY FOR LEAD CCBH sanitarian Tom Barsa performs a residential lead inspection, which includes swiping doorways for the presence of lead dust. 93.5% of kindergartners attending Cleveland schools from 2014-2017 that were screened for lead had a detectable amount of the toxin in their blood. 25.7% of these...

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