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Mandated by the Affordable Care Act, public health demonstration projects have been touted as an innovative solution to the nation’s health care crisis. Yet such projects actually have a long but little known history, dating back to the 1920s. Dr. Patricia D’Antonio’s newest book, Nursing with a Message: Public Health Demonstration Projects in New York City, reveals the key role that these local health programs – and the nurses that ran them – held in influencing how Americans perceived their personal health choices. Assessing both the successes and the failures of these nurse-run health demonstration projects, D’Antonio traces their legacy in shaping the best and the worst elements of today’s primary care system.
About the Speaker
Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Carol E. Ware Professor in Psychiatric Nursing and the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of nursing. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. D’Antonio is also the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is also the author of American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority and the Meaning of Work.