Amelia Greenwald focused her career in public health nursing on training other nurses and creating infrastructure in war-ravaged Europe. Greenwald earned her nursing degree from Touro Infirmary School for Nurses in 1908 before helping create the Pensacola Sanatorium in Florida. She studied psychiatric nursing at Johns Hopkins before moving to New York in 1914, where she befriended Henrietta Szold while continuing her nursing studies at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. During WWI, she joined the American Expeditionary Forces, administrating several hospitals in France and creating the first American hospital in Coblenz, Germany. In 1919 she became head of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Farm Women Program, ensuring that families in isolated areas had support and education. By 1923 she was back in Europe, creating the Jewish Nurses’ Training School in Warsaw, for which she was awarded the Polish Golden Cross of Merit. Under her direction, graduates of the program implemented wellness programs throughout Poland, educated children on nutrition and health, immunized them against diseases, and helped prevent tuberculosis. Upon Greenwald’s return to the US, she served with the National Council’s Department of Farm and Rural Work before becoming director of the Nurses’ Training School at Rothschild Hospital in 1932.
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