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Naomi Deutsch

A leader in the field of public health nursing, Naomi Deutch spearheaded health and sanitation campaigns in the US, Central America, and the Caribbean. Deutch earned degrees from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1912 and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in 1921. From 1917–1924 she worked at the Henry Street Settlement as supervisor, field director, and acting director before becoming director of the San Francisco Visiting Nurse Association in 1925. In 1933 she began teaching public health nursing at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1935 she became director of the Public Health Unit of the Federal Children’s Bureau. In 1943 she became principal nurse consultant of the Pan American Sanitation Bureau, developing health programs on the ground in the Caribbean and Central America. She returned to teaching in 1945 at Teacher’s College. She served on the governing council of the American Public Health Association, among others, was active in the National League of Women Voters, and worked with Planned Parenthood long after her retirement in 1950.


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